Jeremiah 2
Berean Study Bible

Israel has Forsaken God

1Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying: 2“Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem that this is what the LORD says:

I remember the devotion of your youth,

your love as a bride,

how you followed Me in the wilderness,

in a land not sown.

3Israel was holy to the LORD,

the firstfruits of His harvest.

All who devoured her

found themselves guilty;

disaster came upon them,

declares the LORD.”

4Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all you families of the house of Israel. 5This is what the LORD says:

“What fault did your fathers find in Me

that they strayed so far from Me,

and followed worthless idols,

and became worthless themselves?

6They did not ask, ‘Where is the LORD

who brought us from the land of Egypt,

who led us through the wilderness,

through a land of deserts and pits,

through a land of drought and darkness,

a land where no one travels and no one lives?’

7I brought you into a fertile land

to eat its fruit and bounty,

but you came and defiled My land,

and made My inheritance detestable.

8The priests did not ask,

‘Where is the LORD?’

The experts in the law no longer knew Me,

and the leaders rebelled against Me.

The prophets prophesied by Baal

and followed useless idols.

9Therefore, I will contend with you again,

declares the LORD,

and I will bring a case

against your children’s children.

10Cross over to Cyprusa and take a look;

send to Kedarb and consider carefully;

see if there has ever been anything like this:

11Has a nation ever changed its gods?

(though they were no gods at all!)

Yet My people have exchanged their Glory

for idols that are useless.

12Be stunned by this, O heavens,

be shocked and utterly appalled,

declares the LORD.

13“For My people have committed two evils:

They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living water,

and they have dug cisterns for themselves,

broken cisterns that cannot hold water.

The Consequences of Israel's Sin

14Is Israel a slave?

Was he born into slavery?

Why then has he become prey?

15The young lions have roared at him;

they have growled with a loud voice.

They have laid waste his land;

his cities lie in ruins, without inhabitants.

16The men of Memphis and Tahpanhes

have shaved the crown of your head.

17Have you not brought this on yourself

by forsaking the LORD your God

when He led you in the way?

18Now what will you gain on your way to Egypt

to drink the waters of the Nile?

What will you gain on your way to Assyria

to drink the waters of the Euphrates?c

19Your own evil will discipline you;

your own apostasies will reprimand you.

Consider and realize

how evil and bitter it is

for you to forsake the LORD your God

and to have no fear of Me,”

declares the Lord GOD of Hosts.

20“For long ago you broke your yoke

and tore off your chains,

saying, “I will not serve!”

Indeed, on every high hill

and under every green tree

you lay down as a prostitute.

21I had planted you like a choice vine

from the very best seed.

How could you turn yourself before me,

into a rotten wild vine?

22Although you wash with lye

and use an abundance of soap,

the stain of your guilt is still before Me,”

declares the Lord GOD.

Israel's Unfaithfulness
(Judges 2:10-15; Isaiah 43:22-28)

23“How can you say, ‘I am not defiled;

I have not run after the Baals’?

Look at your behavior in the valley;

acknowledge what you have done.

You are a swift young she-camel

galloping here and there,

24a wild donkey at home in the wilderness,

sniffing the wind

in the heat of her desire.

Who can restrain her passion?

All who seek her need not weary themselves;

in mating season they will find her.

25Keep your feet from being unshod

and your throat from thirst.

But you say, ‘It is hopeless!

I love foreign gods, and I must go after them.’

26As the thief is ashamed when he is caught,

so the house of Israel is disgraced.

They, their kings, their officials,

their priests, and their prophets

27say to a tree, ‘You are my father,’

and to a stone, ‘You gave birth to me.’

For they have turned their backs to Me

and not their faces,

yet in the time of trouble they beg,

‘Rise up and save us!’

28But where are the gods you made for yourself?

Let them rise up and save you if they can

in your time of trouble;

for your gods are as numerous as your cities, O Judah.

29Why do you bring a case against Me?

You have all rebelled against Me,”

declares the LORD.

30“I have struck your sons in vain;

they accepted no discipline.

Your own sword has devoured your prophets

like a voracious lion.

31You people of this generation, consider the word of the LORD:

Have I been a wilderness to Israel

or a land of dense darkness?

Why do My people say,

‘We are free to roam;

we will come to You no more.’?

32Does a maiden forget her jewelry

or a bride her wedding sash?

Yet My people have forgotten Me

for days without number.

33How skillfully you pursue love;

even the most immoral of women could learn from your ways.

34Moreover, your skirts are stained

with the blood of the innocent poor,

though you did not find them breaking in.

But in spite of all these things

35you say, ‘I am innocent.

Surely His anger will turn from me.’

But I will certainly judge you,

because you say, ‘I have not sinned.’

36How unstable you are,

constantly changing your ways!

You will be disappointed by Egypt

just as you were by Assyria.

37Moreover, you will leave that place

with your hands on your head,

for the LORD has rejected those you trust;

you will not prosper by their help.”

Footnotes:

10 a Hebrew Kittim
10 b In the Syro-Arabian desert
18 c Hebrew the River

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