Jeremiah 3:1
"If a man divorces his wife and she leaves him to marry another, can he ever return to her? Would not such a land be completely defiled? But you have played the harlot with many lovers--and you would return to Me?" declares the LORD.
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they say.

Deuteronomy 24:1-4
If a man marries a woman, but she becomes displeasing to him because he finds some indecency in her, he may write her a certificate of divorce, hand it to her, and send her away from his house. . . .

shall not that

Jeremiah 3:9
Indifferent to her immorality, Israel had defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees.

Jeremiah 2:7
I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and bounty, but you came and defiled My land, and made My inheritance detestable.

Leviticus 18:24-28
Do not defile yourselves by any of these practices, for by all these things the nations I am driving out before you have defiled themselves. . . .

Isaiah 24:5
The earth is defiled by its people; they have transgressed the laws; they have overstepped the decrees and broken the everlasting covenant.

Micah 2:10
Arise and depart, for this is not your place of rest, because its defilement brings destruction--a grievous destruction!

but thou hast

Jeremiah 2:20, 23
"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. . . .

Deuteronomy 22:21
she shall be brought to the door of her father's house, and there the men of her city will stone her to death. For she has committed an outrage in Israel by being promiscuous in her father's house. You must purge the evil from among you.

Judges 19:2
But she was unfaithful to him and left him to return to her father's house in Bethlehem in Judah. After she had been there four months,

Ezekiel 16:26, 28, 29
You prostituted yourself with your lustful neighbors, the Egyptians, and increased your promiscuity to provoke Me to anger. . . .

Ezekiel 23:4
The older was named Oholah, and her sister was Oholibah. They became Mine and gave birth to sons and daughters. As for their identities, Oholah is Samaria, and Oholibah is Jerusalem.

Hosea 1:2
When the LORD first spoke to Hosea, He told him, "Go, take a prostitute as your wife and have children of adultery, because this land is flagrantly prostituting itself by departing from the LORD."

Hosea 2:5-7
For their mother has played the harlot and has conceived them in disgrace. For she thought, 'I will go after my lovers, who give me bread and water, wool and linen, oil and drink.' . . .

yet return

Jeremiah 3:12-14, 22
Go, proclaim this message toward the north: 'Return, O faithless Israel, ' declares the LORD. 'I will no longer look on you with anger, for I am merciful, ' declares the LORD. 'I will not be angry forever. . . .

Jeremiah 4:1, 14
"If you will return, O Israel, return to Me, " declares the LORD. "If you will remove your detestable idols from My sight and no longer waver, . . .

Jeremiah 8:4-6
So you are to tell them this is what the LORD says: 'Do men fall and not get up again? Does one turn away and not return? . . .

Deuteronomy 4:29-31
But if from there you will seek the LORD your God, you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and all your soul. . . .

Isaiah 55:6-9
Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. . . .

Ezekiel 33:11
Say to them: 'As surely as I live, declares the Lord GOD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked should turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?'

Hosea 14:1-4
Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God, for you have stumbled by your iniquity. . . .

Zechariah 1:3
So tell the people that this is what the LORD of Hosts says: 'Return to Me, ' declares the LORD of Hosts, 'and I will return to you, ' says the LORD of Hosts.

Luke 15:16-24
He longed to fill his belly with the pods the pigs were eating, but no one would give him a thing. . . .

Parallel Verses
New American Standard Bible
God says, "If a husband divorces his wife And she goes from him And belongs to another man, Will he still return to her? Will not that land be completely polluted? But you are a harlot with many lovers; Yet you turn to Me," declares the LORD.

King James Bible
They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If a man divorces his wife and she leaves him to marry another, can he ever return to her? Wouldn't such a land become totally defiled? But you! You have played the prostitute with many partners-- can you return to Me? This is the LORD's declaration.

International Standard Version
"When a man divorces his wife, she leaves him and becomes another man's wife, will the first husband return to her again? The land would be deeply polluted, would it not? Since you have committed fornication with many lovers, would you now return to me?" declares the LORD.

NET Bible
"If a man divorces his wife and she leaves him and becomes another man's wife, he may not take her back again. Doing that would utterly defile the land. But you, Israel, have given yourself as a prostitute to many gods. So what makes you think you can return to me?" says the LORD.
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