Jeremiah 3-5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Polluted Land
3 God [a]says, “If a husband divorces his wife
6 Then the Lord said to me in the days of Josiah the king, “Have you seen what faithless Israel did? She went up on every high hill and under every green tree, and she was a harlot there. 7 I [g]thought, ‘After she has done all these things she will return to Me’; but she did not return, and her treacherous sister Judah saw it. 8 And I saw that for all the adulteries of faithless Israel, I had sent her away and given her a writ of divorce, yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear; but she went and was a harlot also. 9 Because of the lightness of her harlotry, she polluted the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. 10 Yet in spite of all this her treacherous sister Judah did not return to Me with all her heart, but rather in deception,” declares the Lord.
God Invites Repentance
11 And the Lord said to me, “Faithless Israel has proved herself more righteous than treacherous Judah. 12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north and say,
‘Return, faithless Israel,’ declares the Lord;
15 “Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding. 16 It shall be in those days when you are multiplied and increased in the land,” declares the Lord, “they will no longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ And it will not come to mind, nor will they remember it, nor will they miss it, nor will it be made again. 17 At that time they will call Jerusalem ‘The Throne of the Lord,’ and all the nations will be gathered to it, to Jerusalem, for the name of the Lord; nor will they walk anymore after the stubbornness of their evil heart. 18 In those days the house of Judah will walk with the house of Israel, and they will come together from the land of the north to the land that I gave your fathers as an inheritance.
19 “Then I said,
‘How I would set you among [k]My sons
21 A voice is heard on the bare heights,
24 “But the shameful thing has consumed the labor of our fathers since our youth, their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters. 25 Let us lie down in our shame, and let our humiliation cover us; for we have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even to this day. And we have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.”
Judah Threatened with Invasion
4 “If you will return, O Israel,” declares the Lord,
3 For thus says the Lord to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem,
“[m]Break up your fallow ground,
5 Declare in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem, and say,
9 “It shall come about in that day,” declares the Lord, “that the heart of the king and the heart of the princes will fail; and the priests will be appalled and the prophets will be astounded.”
11 In that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, “A scorching wind from the bare heights in the wilderness in the direction of the daughter of My people—not to winnow and not to cleanse, 12 a wind too strong for [p]this—will come [q]at My command; now I will also pronounce judgments against them.
13 “Behold, he goes up like clouds,
14 Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem,
Lament over Judah’s Devastation
19 My [s]soul, my [t]soul! I am in anguish! [u]Oh, my heart!
23 I looked on the earth, and behold, it was [w] formless and void;
27 For thus says the Lord,
5 “Roam to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem,
4 Then I said, “They are only the poor,
7 “Why should I pardon you?
10 “Go up through her vine rows and destroy,
14 Therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of hosts,
18 “Yet even in those days,” declares the Lord, “I will not make you a complete destruction. 19 It shall come about when [ak]they say, ‘Why has the Lord our God done all these things to us?’ then you shall say to them, ‘As you have forsaken Me and served foreign gods in your land, so you will serve strangers in a land that is not yours.’
20 “Declare this in the house of Jacob
30 “An appalling and horrible thing
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