Jeremiah 2 New International Version (NIV)
Israel Forsakes God
2 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem:
“This is what the Lord says:
“‘I remember the devotion of your youth,
4 Hear the word of the Lord, you descendants of Jacob,
5 This is what the Lord says:
“What fault did your ancestors find in me,
9 “Therefore I bring charges against you again,”
20 “Long ago you broke off your yoke
26 “As a thief is disgraced when he is caught,
29 “Why do you bring charges against me?
31 “You of this generation, consider the word of the Lord:
“Have I been a desert to Israel
Jeremiah 2 The Voice (VOICE)
2 The word of the Eternal came to me again.
With Jeremiah as God’s mouthpiece, the mighty oracles begin about a loving husband (God) divorcing his unfaithful wife (Judah).
Eternal One: 2 Go now, and say this loud enough for all Jerusalem to hear. Tell them that the Eternal speaks these words:
“I still remember the way you clung to Me in your youth, in the early days of our union.
4 Listen to the very word of the Eternal, house of Jacob and all the clans of Israel!
5 Eternal One: What happened between us?
9 This is the case that I bring against you and your descendants:
Israel’s plan to submit herself to the authority of a stronger pagan nation in return for protection makes no sense to an objective observer, much less to God Himself. During the long history of this nation, her troubles have often resulted from a stubborn refusal to trust God. They have a habit of looking elsewhere—to anywhere or anyone but God—for relief, of turning to nations that are never constant friends. For example, when the Assyrian Empire was conquering the region 100 years earlier, the Northern Kingdom of Israel attempted to ward off the threat by making treaties with other nations. Despite their feeble plans, Israel fell in 722 b.c. to Assyrian might and cruelty. Now God points out to Judah’s leaders in the Southern Kingdom how useless it is to align with either Egypt or Assyria when the punishing Babylonian army is on the horizon. It doesn’t matter how powerful her allies may seem; once the covenant with God is broken, Israel must pay for her infidelity.
12 Be horrified, O you heavens, at this appalling betrayal.
14 Is Israel some common slave, born into bondage?
18 Eternal One: What do you hope to accomplish by going to Egypt
So says the Eternal Lord, Commander of heavenly armies.
20 Eternal One (to His people): A long time ago, I broke the yoke that weighed you down
So says the Eternal Lord.
23 Eternal One (to His people): How can you say, “I have not been defiled”?
26 Like a thief caught in the act, the people of Israel will be put to shame:
29 Why are you leveling charges against Me?
31 People of this generation, consider again the word of the Eternal.
Eternal One: Have I been a barren wasteland to Israel with nothing to offer?
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