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Jeremiah 3:21-4:2New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

21 A voice on the bare heights[a] is heard,
    the plaintive weeping of Israel’s children,
because they have perverted their way,
    they have forgotten the Lord their God:
22 Return, O faithless children,
    I will heal your faithlessness.

“Here we come to you;
    for you are the Lord our God.
23 Truly the hills are[b] a delusion,
    the orgies on the mountains.
Truly in the Lord our God
    is the salvation of Israel.

24 “But from our youth the shameful thing has devoured all for which our ancestors had labored, their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters. 25 Let us lie down in our shame, and let our dishonor cover us; for we have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our ancestors, from our youth even to this day; and we have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.”

If you return, O Israel,

says the Lord,
    if you return to me,
if you remove your abominations from my presence,
    and do not waver,
and if you swear, “As the Lord lives!”
    in truth, in justice, and in uprightness,
then nations shall be blessed[c] by him,
    and by him they shall boast.

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 3:21 Or the trails
  2. Jeremiah 3:23 Gk Syr Vg: Heb Truly from the hills is
  3. Jeremiah 4:2 Or shall bless themselves
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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