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Jeremiah 2:1-5 Common English Bible (CEB)

God’s people abandon their God

The Lord’s word came to me:
Go and proclaim to the people of Jerusalem,
The Lord proclaims:
I remember your first love,[a]
    your devotion as a young bride,
    how you followed me in the wilderness,
    in an unplanted land.
Israel was devoted to the Lord,
    the early produce of the harvest.
Whoever ate from it became guilty;
    disaster overtook them,
        declares the Lord.
Listen to the Lord’s word,
    people of Judah,
    all you families of the Israelite household.

This is what the Lord says:

What wrong did your ancestors find in me
    that made them wander so far?
They pursued what was worthless
    and became worthless.

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 2:2 Or the love of your youth
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Jeremiah 2:10-13 Common English Bible (CEB)

10 Look to the west as far as the shores of Cyprus
    and to the east as far as the land of Kedar.
Ask anyone there:
    Has anything this odd ever taken place?
11     Has a nation switched gods,
        though they aren’t really gods at all?
Yet my people have exchanged their glory
    for what has no value.
12 Be stunned at such a thing, you heavens;
    shudder and quake,
        declares the Lord.
13 My people have committed two crimes:
    They have forsaken me, the spring of living water.
    And they have dug wells, broken wells that can’t hold water.

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Copyright © 2011 by Common English Bible

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