Jeremiah 2:2
2“Go and proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD,
         “I remember concerning you the devotion of your youth,
         The love of your betrothals,
         Your following after Me in the wilderness,
         Through a land not sown.

3“Israel was holy to the LORD,
         The first of His harvest.
         All who ate of it became guilty;
         Evil came upon them,” declares the LORD.’”

      4Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel.

5Thus says the LORD,
         “What injustice did your fathers find in Me,
         That they went far from Me
         And walked after emptiness and became empty?

6“They did not say, ‘Where is the LORD
         Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt,
         Who led us through the wilderness,
         Through a land of deserts and of pits,
         Through a land of drought and of deep darkness,
         Through a land that no one crossed
         And where no man dwelt?’

7“I brought you into the fruitful land
         To eat its fruit and its good things.
         But you came and defiled My land,
         And My inheritance you made an abomination.

8“The priests did not say, ‘Where is the LORD?’
         And those who handle the law did not know Me;
         The rulers also transgressed against Me,
         And the prophets prophesied by Baal
         And walked after things that did not profit.

9“Therefore I will yet contend with you,” declares the LORD,
         “And with your sons’ sons I will contend.

10“For cross to the coastlands of Kittim and see,
         And send to Kedar and observe closely
         And see if there has been such a thing as this!

11“Has a nation changed gods
         When they were not gods?
         But My people have changed their glory
         For that which does not profit.

12“Be appalled, O heavens, at this,
         And shudder, be very desolate,” declares the LORD.

13“For My people have committed two evils:
         They have forsaken Me,
         The fountain of living waters,
         To hew for themselves cisterns,
         Broken cisterns
         That can hold no water.

14“Is Israel a slave? Or is he a homeborn servant?
         Why has he become a prey?

15“The young lions have roared at him,
         They have roared loudly.
         And they have made his land a waste;
         His cities have been destroyed, without inhabitant.

16“Also the men of Memphis and Tahpanhes
         Have shaved the crown of your head.

17“Have you not done this to yourself
         By your forsaking the LORD your God
         When He led you in the way?

18“But now what are you doing on the road to Egypt,
         To drink the waters of the Nile?
         Or what are you doing on the road to Assyria,
         To drink the waters of the Euphrates?

19“Your own wickedness will correct you,
         And your apostasies will reprove you;
         Know therefore and see that it is evil and bitter
         For you to forsake the LORD your God,
         And the dread of Me is not in you,” declares the Lord GOD of hosts.

20“For long ago I broke your yoke
         And tore off your bonds;
         But you said, ‘I will not serve!’
         For on every high hill
         And under every green tree
         You have lain down as a harlot.

21“Yet I planted you a choice vine,
         A completely faithful seed.
         How then have you turned yourself before Me
         Into the degenerate shoots of a foreign vine?

22“Although you wash yourself with lye
         And use much soap,
         The stain of your iniquity is before Me,” declares the Lord GOD.

23“How can you say, ‘I am not defiled,
         I have not gone after the Baals’?
         Look at your way in the valley!
         Know what you have done!
         You are a swift young camel entangling her ways,

24A wild donkey accustomed to the wilderness,
         That sniffs the wind in her passion.
         In the time of her heat who can turn her away?
         All who seek her will not become weary;
         In her month they will find her.

25“Keep your feet from being unshod
         And your throat from thirst;
         But you said, ‘It is hopeless!
         No! For I have loved strangers,
         And after them I will walk.’

26“As the thief is shamed when he is discovered,
         So the house of Israel is shamed;
         They, their kings, their princes
         And their priests and their prophets,

27Who say to a tree, ‘You are my father,’
         And to a stone, ‘You gave me birth.’
         For they have turned their back to Me,
         And not their face;
         But in the time of their trouble they will say,
         ‘Arise and save us.’

28“But where are your gods
         Which you made for yourself?
         Let them arise, if they can save you
         In the time of your trouble;
         For according to the number of your cities
         Are your gods, O Judah.

29“Why do you contend with Me?
         You have all transgressed against Me,” declares the LORD.

30“In vain I have struck your sons;
         They accepted no chastening.
         Your sword has devoured your prophets
         Like a destroying lion.

31“O generation, heed the word of the LORD.
         Have I been a wilderness to Israel,
         Or a land of thick darkness?
         Why do My people say, ‘We are free to roam;
         We will no longer come to You’?

32“Can a virgin forget her ornaments,
         Or a bride her attire?
         Yet My people have forgotten Me
         Days without number.

33“How well you prepare your way
         To seek love!
         Therefore even the wicked women
         You have taught your ways.

34“Also on your skirts is found
         The lifeblood of the innocent poor;
         You did not find them breaking in.
         But in spite of all these things,

35Yet you said, ‘I am innocent;
         Surely His anger is turned away from me.’
         Behold, I will enter into judgment with you
         Because you say, ‘I have not sinned.’

36“Why do you go around so much
         Changing your way?
         Also, you will be put to shame by Egypt
         As you were put to shame by Assyria.

37“From this place also you will go out
         With your hands on your head;
         For the LORD has rejected those in whom you trust,
         And you will not prosper with them.”

NASB ©1995

Parallel Verses
American Standard Version
Go, 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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Go, and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying: Thus saith the Lord: I have remembered thee, pitying thy soul, pitying thy youth, and the love of thy espousals, when thou followedst me in the desert, in a land that is not sown.

Darby Bible Translation
Go 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, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land not sown.

English Revised Version
Go, and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD, 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.

Webster's Bible Translation
Go, and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thy espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.

World English Bible
"Go, and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, 'Thus says Yahweh, "I remember for you the kindness of your youth, the love of your weddings; how you went after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.

Young's Literal Translation
'Go, and thou hast called in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus said Jehovah: I have remembered for thee The kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, Thy going after Me in a wilderness, in a land not sown.
Stiff-Necked Idolaters and Pliable Christians
'Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but My people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.'--JER. ii. 11. The obstinacy of the adherents of idolatry is in striking contrast with Israel's continual tendency to forsake Jehovah. It reads a scarcely less forcible lesson to many nominal and even to some real Christians. I. That contrast carries with it a disclosure of the respective origins of the two kinds of Religion. The strangeness of the contrasted conduct is
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Forsaking Jehovah
'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.'--JER. ii. 19. Of course the original reference is to national apostasy, which was aggravated by the national covenant, and avenged by national disasters, which are interpreted and urged by the prophet as God's merciful pleading with men. But the text is true in reference to individuals. I. The universal indictment. This is not so
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Balak's Inquiries Relative to the Service of God, and Balaam's Answer, Briefly Considered.
"Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with, thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my first born for my transgression; the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?--He hath shewed thee, 0 man, what is good: And what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" As mankind are
Andrew Lee et al—Sermons on Various Important Subjects

"He is the Rock, his Work is Perfect, for all his Ways are Judgment, a God of Truth, and Without Iniquity, Just and Right is He.
Deut. xxxii. 4, 5.--"He is the Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are judgment, a God of truth, and without iniquity, just and right is he. They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children," &c. There are none can behold their own vileness as it is, but in the sight of God's glorious holiness. Sin is darkness, and neither sees itself, nor any thing else, therefore must his light shine to discover this darkness. If we abide within ourselves, and men like ourselves,
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

That it is not Lawful for the Well Affected Subjects to Concur in Such an Engagement in War, and Associate with the Malignant Party.
That It Is Not Lawful For The Well Affected Subjects To Concur In Such An Engagement In War, And Associate With The Malignant Party. Some convinced of the unlawfulness of the public resolutions and proceedings, in reference to the employing of the malignant party, yet do not find such clearness and satisfaction in their own consciences as to forbid the subjects to concur in this war, and associate with the army so constituted. Therefore it is needful to speak something to this point, That it is
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

A Book for Boys and Girls Or, Temporal Things Spritualized.
by John Bunyan, Licensed and entered according to order. London: Printed for, and sold by, R. Tookey, at his Printing House in St. Christopher's Court, in Threadneedle Street, behind the Royal Exchange, 1701. Advertisement by the Editor. Some degree of mystery hangs over these Divine Emblems for children, and many years' diligent researches have not enabled me completely to solve it. That they were written by Bunyan, there cannot be the slightest doubt. 'Manner and matter, too, are all his own.'[1]
John Bunyan—The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3

'The God of the Amen'
'He who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth.'--ISAIAH lxv. 16. The full beauty and significance of these remarkable words are only reached when we attend to the literal rendering of a part of them which is obscured in our version. As they stand in the original they have, in both cases, instead of the vague expression, 'The God of truth,' the singularly picturesque one, 'The God of the Amen.' I. Note
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Harbinger
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD , make straight in the desert a high-way for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain. And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. T he general style of the prophecies is poetical. The inimitable simplicity which characterizes every
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

"All Our Righteousnesses are as Filthy Rags, and we all do Fade as a Leaf, and Our Iniquities, Like the Wind, have Taken us Away. "
Isaiah lxiv. 6, 7.--"All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags, and we all do fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." Not only are the direct breaches of the command uncleanness, and men originally and actually unclean, but even our holy actions, our commanded duties. Take a man's civility, religion, and all his universal inherent righteousness,--all are filthy rags. And here the church confesseth nothing but what God accuseth her of, Isa. lxvi. 8, and chap. i. ver.
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

How Christ is the Way in General, "I am the Way. "
We come now to speak more particularly to the words; and, first, Of his being a way. Our design being to point at the way of use-making of Christ in all our necessities, straits, and difficulties which are in our way to heaven; and particularly to point out the way how believers should make use of Christ in all their particular exigencies; and so live by faith in him, walk in him, grow up in him, advance and march forward toward glory in him. It will not be amiss to speak of this fulness of Christ
John Brown (of Wamphray)—Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life

All Mankind Guilty; Or, Every Man Knows More than He Practises.
ROMANS i. 24.--"When they knew God, they glorified him not as God." The idea of God is the most important and comprehensive of all the ideas of which the human mind is possessed. It is the foundation of religion; of all right doctrine, and all right conduct. A correct intuition of it leads to correct religious theories and practice; while any erroneous or defective view of the Supreme Being will pervade the whole province of religion, and exert a most pernicious influence upon the entire character
William G.T. Shedd—Sermons to the Natural Man

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