“I remember concerning you the devotion of your youth,
your love as a bride,
how you followed me in the wilderness,
through a land that was not sown.
the firstfruits of his increase.
All who ate of it were held guilty;
evil came upon them,
and all the families of the house of Israel!
“What unrighteousness did your fathers find in me,
that they went far from me,
and walked after worthlessness
and became worthless?
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 the shadow of death,
through a land that none passed through,
and where no man lived?’
to eat its fruit and its goodness;
but when you entered, you defiled my land
and made my heritage an abomination.
and I will bring a case against your children’s children.
or send to Kedar and consider diligently,
and see if there has been such a thing.
and be horribly afraid.
Be very desolate, says Yahweh.
they have forsaken me,
the spring of living waters,
and have dug out cisterns for themselves,
broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Is he a native–born slave?
Why has he become a prey?
They have made his land waste.
His cities are burned up without inhabitant.
have shaved the crown of your head.
by your forsaking Yahweh your God
when he led you by the way?
to drink the waters of the Nile?b
Or what are you doing, traveling on the road to Assyria,
to drink the waters of the River?c
a wholly faithful seed.
How then have you turned into
the degenerate branches of a foreign vine to me?
and use a great amount of soap,
still the stain of your iniquity is before me,”
says the Lord Yahweh.
I have not gone after the Baals’?
See your way in the valley.
Know what you have done.
You are a swift dromedary
traversing her ways,
that sniffs the wind in her passion.
When she is in heat,
who can turn her away?
All those who seek her will not weary themselves.
In her month, they will find her.
and your throat from thirst.
But you said, ‘It is in vain.
No, for I have loved strangers,
and I will go after them.’
so is the house of Israel ashamed;
they, their kings, their officials,
and their priests and their prophets,
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, Judah.
You all have transgressed against me,
They received no correction.
Your own sword has devoured your prophets
like a destroying lion.
consider the word of Yahweh.
Have I been a wilderness to Israel?
Or a land of thick darkness?
Why do my people say,
‘We have broken loose.
We will come to you no more?’
or a bride her attire?
Yet my people have forgotten me
for days without number.
Therefore you have taught even the wicked women your ways.
is found in your skirts.
You did not find them breaking in;
but it is because of all these things.
Surely his anger has turned away from me.’
“Behold, I will judge you,
because you say, ‘I have not sinned.’
You will be ashamed of Egypt also
as you were ashamed of Assyria.
with your hands on your head,
for Yahweh has rejected those in whom you trust,
and you will not prosper with them.