2 1And the word of Jehovah came to me, saying,
2Go, and cry in the
ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith Jehovah, I remember for thee the
kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals; how thou wentest after me
in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.
holiness unto Jehovah, the first-fruits of his increase: all that devour him
shall be held guilty; evil shall come upon them, saith Jehovah.
the word of Jehovah, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of
5thus saith Jehovah, What unrighteousness have your fathers found
in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are
6Neither said they, Where is Jehovah that brought us up out
of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of
deserts and of pits, through a land of drought and of the shadow of death,
through a land that none passed through, and where no man dwelt?
brought you into a plentiful land, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness
thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made my heritage an
8The priests said not, Where is Jehovah? and they that
handle the law knew me not: the rulers also transgressed against me, and the
prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.
9Wherefore I will yet contend with you, saith Jehovah, and with your
children's children will I contend.
10For pass over to the isles of
Kittim, and see; and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently; and see if
there hath been such a thing.
11Hath a nation changed its gods,
which yet are no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which
doth not profit.
12Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly
afraid, be ye very desolate, saith Jehovah.
13For my people have
committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters,
and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
14Is Israel a servant? is he a home-born slave? why is he become
15The young lions have roared upon him, and yelled; and they have
made his land waste: his cities are burned up, without inhabitant.
children also of Memphis and Tahpanhes have broken the crown of thy head.
17Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken
Jehovah thy God, when he led thee by the way?
18And now what hast thou to
do in the way to Egypt, to drink the waters of the Shihor? or what hast thou
to do in the way to Assyria, to drink the waters of the River?
own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee:
know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and a bitter, that thou hast
forsaken Jehovah thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord,
Jehovah of hosts.
20For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy
bonds; and thou saidst, I will not serve; for upon every high hill and under
every green tree thou didst bow thyself, playing the harlot.
21Yet I had
planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into
the degenerate branches of a foreign vine unto me?
22For though thou wash
thee with lye, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before
me, saith the Lord Jehovah.
23How canst thou say, I am not defiled, I
have not gone after the Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou
hast done: thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways;
wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind in her desire; in
her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary
themselves; in her month they shall find her.
25Withhold thy foot from
being unshod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou saidst, It is in vain; no,
for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go.
26As the thief is
ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their
kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets;
27who say to
a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for
they have turned their back unto me, and not their face; but in the time of
their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.
28But where are thy gods
that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time
of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O
29Wherefore will ye contend with me? ye all have transgressed
against me, saith Jehovah.
30In vain have I smitten your children; they
received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a
31O generation, see ye the word of Jehovah. Have I been
a wilderness unto Israel? or a land of thick darkness? wherefore say my
people, We are broken loose; we will come no more unto thee?
virgin forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have
forgotten me days without number.
33How trimmest thou thy way to seek
love! therefore even the wicked women hast thou taught thy ways.
in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the innocent poor: thou
didst not find them breaking in; but it is because of all these things.
35Yet thou saidst, I am innocent; surely his anger is turned away from
me. Behold, I will enter into judgment with thee, because thou sayest, I have
36Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way? thou
shalt be ashamed of Egypt also, as thou wast ashamed of Assyria.
thence also shalt thou go forth, with thy hands upon thy head: for Jehovah
hath rejected those in whom thou trustest, and thou shalt not prosper with