Jeremiah 2:4-28; 3:4; 4:1-2
4 Hear the word of יהוה, O house of Yaʽaqoḇ and all the clans of the house of Yisra'ĕl.
5 Thus said יהוה, "What unrighteousness have your fathers found in Me, that they have gone far from Me, and went after worthlessness, and became worthless?
6 "And did not they say, ‘Where is יהוה, who brought us up out of the land of Mitsrayim, who led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and pits, through a land of drought and the shadow of death, a land that no one passed through and where no one dwelt?'
7 "Then I brought you into a garden land, to eat its fruit and its goodness. But when you entered, you defiled My land and made My inheritance an abomination.
8 "The kohenim did not say, ‘Where is יהוה?' And those who handle the Torah did not know Me, and the shepherds1 transgressed against Me, and the neḇi'im prophesied by Baʽal, and walked after no value. Footnote: 1See 10:21, 12:10-11, 50:6-7.
9 "Therefore I still contend with you," declares יהוה, "and with your children's children I contend.
10 "For, pass beyond the isles of Kittim and see, and send to Qĕḏar and observe well, and see if there has been any like this.
11 "Has a nation changed its mighty ones, which are not mighty ones? But My people have changed My esteem for that which does not profit.
12 "Be amazed, O shamayim, at this, and be frightened, be utterly dried up," declares יהוה.
13 "For My people have done two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew out for themselves cisterns, cracked cisterns, which do not hold water.
14 "Is Yisra'ĕl a servant? Was he born in the house? Why is he given to plunder?
15 "The young lions roared at him, they growled, and made his land waste; his cities have been burned, without inhabitant.
16 "Even the sons of Noph and of Taḥpanḥes have shaven the crown of your head.
17 "Have you not done this to yourself, by forsaking יהוה your Elohim when He led you in the way?
18 "And now why take the way to Mitsrayim, to drink the waters of Shiḥor? Or why take the way to Ashshur, to drink the waters of the River?
19 "Your own evil instructs you, and your backslidings reprove you. Know therefore and see that it is evil and bitter that you have forsaken יהוה your Elohim, and that My reverence is not in you," declares the Master יהוה of hosts.
20 "For of old you have broken your yoke and tore of your bonds. And you said, ‘I am not serving!' When on every high hill and under every green tree you lay down, a whore.
21 "Yet I had planted you a choice vine, all of it a true seed. How then have you turned before Me into the degenerate plant of a strange vine?
22 "Although you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap, yet your wickedness is ingrained before Me," declares the Master יהוה.
23 "How do you say, ‘I am not defiled, I have not gone after the Baʽals'? See your way in the valley, know what you have done: a swift dromedary breaking loose in her ways,
24 a wild donkey used to the wilderness, sniffing the wind in the desire of her being - in her time of mating, who turns her away? All those who seek her need not weary themselves; in her month they find her.
25 "Keep your foot from being bare, and your throat from thirst. But you said, ‘It is useless, because I love strangers, and after them I go.'
26 "As the thief is ashamed when he is found out, so is the house of Yisra'ĕl ashamed - they and their sovereigns and their heads, and their kohenim and their neḇi'im,
27 saying to a tree, ‘You are my father,' and to a stone, ‘You gave birth to me.' For they have turned their back to Me, and not their face. But in the time of their calamity they say, ‘Arise and save us.'
28 "But where are your mighty ones that you have made for yourselves? Let them arise, if they save you in the time of your calamity. Because your mighty ones have become as many as your cities, O Yahuḏah.
4 "Shall you not from now on cry to Me, ‘My father, You are the guide of my youth?
1 "If you do return, O Yisra'ĕl," declares יהוה, "return to Me. And if you remove your abominations from My presence, and cease straying,
2 and shall swear, ‘As יהוה lives,' in truth, in right-ruling, and in righteousness - then nations shall baraḵ themselves in Him, and they shall boast in Him!"