Jeremiah 2 ©
God reminding the Jews of his former kindness contendeth with them for their causeless and unprecedented revolt. They are the authors of their own calamities. God upbraideth them with their fondness for idolatrous worship. The vain confidences of Judah are rejected.
Go and bcry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I remember 1thee, the ckindness of thy youth, the love of thine d*espousals, when thou ewentest after me in the wilderness, fin a land that was not sown.
Israel was gholiness unto the LORD, and the firstfruits of his increase: hall that devour him shall offend; ievil shall come upon them, saith the LORD.
¶Thus saith the LORD, kWhat iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after lvanity, and are mbecome vain?
Neither nsaid they, oWhere is the LORD that pbrought us up out of the land of Egypt, qthat 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?
And I rbrought you into 2a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye sdefiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.
The tpriests said not, Where is the LORD? and uthey that handle the law knew me not: vthe pastors also transgressed against me, and wthe prophets prophesied by Baal, and xwalked after things that do not profit.
For my people have committed two evils; they have iforsaken me the jfountain of living waters, and *hewed them out cisterns, broken kcisterns, that can hold no water.
Thine own swickedness 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.
¶For tof old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I uwill not 7transgress; when vupon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, wplaying the harlot.
How acanst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? bsee thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: 8thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways;
Saying to fa *stock, gThou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast 14brought me forth: for they have turned 15their back unto me, and not their face: but hin the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.