Jeremiah 2

Jeremiah 2

 
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26 "Like a thief, Israel feels shame only when she gets caught. Kings, officials, priests, and prophets--all are alike in this.

27 To an image carved from a piece of wood they say, `You are my father.' To an idol chiseled out of stone they say, `You are my mother.' They turn their backs on me, but in times of trouble they cry out for me to save them!

28 Why don't you call on these gods you have made? When danger comes, let them save you if they can! For you have as many gods as there are cities and towns in Judah.

29 Why do you accuse me of doing wrong? You are the ones who have rebelled, says the LORD.

30 I have punished your children, but it did them no good. They still refuse to obey. You yourselves have killed your prophets as a lion kills its prey.

31 "O my people, listen to the words of the LORD! Have I been like a desert to Israel? Have I been to them a land of darkness? Why then do my people say, `At last we are free from God! We won't have anything to do with him anymore!'

32 Does a young woman forget her jewelry? Does a bride hide her wedding dress? No! Yet for years on end my people have forgotten me.

33 "How you plot and scheme to win your lovers. The most experienced prostitute could learn from you!

34 Your clothing is stained with the blood of the innocent and the poor. You killed them even though they didn't break into your houses!

35 And yet you say, `I haven't done anything wrong. Surely he isn't angry with me!' Now I will punish you severely because you claim you have not sinned.

36 "First here, then there--you flit from one ally to another asking for help. But your new friends in Egypt will let you down, just as Assyria did before.

37 In despair, you will be led into exile with your hands on your heads, for the LORD has rejected the nations you trust. You will not succeed despite their help.

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New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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