Jeremiah 2

1God reminding the Jews of his former kindness contendeth with them for their causeless and unprecedented revolt. 14They are the authors of their own calamities. 18God upbraideth them with their fondness for idolatrous worship. 35The vain confidences of Judah are rejected.

1 Moreover the 1word of the Lord came to me, saying,

2 Go and 1cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord; I remember athee, the 2kindness of thy youth, the love of thine 3espousals, when thou 4wentest after me in the wilderness, 5in a land that was not sown.

3 Israel was 1holiness unto the Lord, and the firstfruits of his increase: 2all that devour him shall offend; 3evil shall come upon them, saith the Lord.

4 1Hear ye the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel:

5 ¶ Thus saith the Lord, 1What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after 2vanity, and are 3become vain?

6 Neither 1said they, 2Where is the Lord that 3brought us up out of the land of Egypt, 4that 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 no man passed through, and where no man dwelt?

7 And I 1brought you into aa plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye 2defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.

8 The 1priests said not, Where is the Lord? and 2they that handle the law knew me not: 3the pastors also transgressed against me, and 4the prophets prophesied by Baal, and 5walked after things that do not profit.

9 ¶ Wherefore I 1will yet plead with you, saith the Lord, and 2with your children's children will I plead.

10 For pass aover the 1isles of Chittim, and see; and send unto 2Kedar, and consider diligently, 3and see if there be such a thing.

11 1Hath a nation changed their gods, 2which are yet no gods? but my people 3have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.

12 Be 1astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye 2very desolate, saith the Lord.

13 For my people have committed two evils; they have 1forsaken me the 2fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken 3cisterns, that can hold no water.

14Is 1Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he aspoiled?

15 The 1young lions roared upon him, and ayelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant.

16 Also 1the children of Noph and Tahapanes ahave broken the crown of thy head.

17 1Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, when he 2led thee by the way?

18 And now 1what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of 2the river?

19 Thine own 1wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts.

20 ¶ For 1of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I 2will not atransgress; when 3upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, 4playing the harlot.

21 Yet I had 1planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou 2turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me?

22 For 1though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord God.

23 How 1canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? 2see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: athou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways;

24 aA wild ass bused to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at cher pleasure; in her occasion who can dturn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves; 1in her month they shall find her.

25 1Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou saidst, aThere is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go.

26 As 1the 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,

27 Saying to 1a stock, 2Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast abrought me forth: for they have turned btheir back unto me, and not their face: but 3in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.

28 But 1where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy atrouble: for 2according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.

29 1Wherefore will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed against me, saith the Lord.

30 In vain have I 1smitten your children; they received no correction: 2your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.

31 ¶ O generation, 1see ye the word of the Lord. 2Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We aare lords; we will come no more unto thee?

32 Can a maid forget her 1ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have 2forgotten me days without number.

33 1Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also 2taught the wicked ones thy ways.

34 Also 1in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by asecret search, but upon all these.

35 Yet thou sayest, 1Because I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from me. Behold, 2I will plead with thee, because thou sayest, I have not sinned.

36 1Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way? thou also shalt be ashamed of Egypt, as thou wast ashamed of Assyria.

37 Yea, thou shalt go forth from ahim, and 1thine hands upon thine head: for the Lord 2hath rejected thy confidences, and 3thou shalt not prosper in them.