Jeremiah 2:1-13 CSB

1The word of the Lord came to me: 2“Go and announce directly to Jerusalem that this is what the Lord says: I remember the loyalty of your youth,#Ezk 16:8,60; Hs 2:15; Rv 2:4 your love as a bride — how you followed me in the wilderness, in a land not sown. 3Israel was holy to the Lord,#Dt 7:6 the firstfruits of his harvest.#Jms 1:18 All who ate of it found themselves guilty;#Gn 12:3; Ps 105:14-15; Is 41:11 disaster came on them.” This is the Lord’s declaration. 4Hear the word of the Lord, house of Jacob and all families of the house of Israel. 5This is what the Lord says: What fault did your fathers find in me#Is 5:4; Mc 6:3 that they went so far from me, followed worthless idols,#2Kg 17:15; Jr 2:25; Hs 2:5 and became worthless themselves?#Ps 115:8; Hs 9:10; Rm 1:21 6They stopped asking, “Where is the Lord#Jdg 6:13; Jb 35:10 who brought us from the land of Egypt, who led us through the wilderness,#Dt 8:15; 32:10 through a land of deserts and ravines, through a land of drought and darkness,#2:6 Or shadow of death a land no one traveled through and where no one lived?” 7I brought you to a fertile land#Ex 3:8; Dt 8:7-10; Jr 4:26 to eat its fruit and bounty, but after you entered, you defiled my land;#Nm 35:33; Ezk 36:17 you made my inheritance#Jr 16:18 detestable. 8The priests quit asking, “Where is the Lord?” The experts in the law no longer knew me,#Hs 4:6; Mal 2:7; Lk 11:52 and the rulers#Jr 23:1-4; Ezk 34 rebelled against me. The prophets prophesied by#2:8 = in the name of Baal#Jr 2:23; 9:14 and followed useless idols.#Hab 2:8 9Therefore, I will bring a case against you again. This is the Lord’s declaration. I will bring a case against your children’s children.#Ex 20:5; Is 3:13; Mc 6:1-8 10Cross over to the coasts of Cyprus#2:10 Lit to the islands of Kittim#Gn 10:4; Nm 24:24; Is 23:1,12; Am 6:2; Ac 13:4 and take a look. Send someone to Kedar#Ps 120:5 and consider carefully; see if there has ever been anything like this: 11Has a nation ever exchanged its gods?#Mc 4:5 (But they were not gods!#Jr 16:20; Gl 4:8) Yet my people have exchanged their#2:11 Alt Hb tradition reads my Glory for useless idols.#Ps 106:20; Hs 4:7; Rm 1:23; 1Pt 1:18 12Be appalled at this, heavens;#Dt 32:1; Is 1:2; Mc 6:1 be shocked and utterly desolated! This is the Lord’s declaration. 13For my people have committed a double evil: They have abandoned me,#Jdg 10:13 the fountain of living water,#Ps 36:9; Jr 17:13; Jn 4:10 and dug cisterns for themselves —  cracked cisterns that cannot hold water.#Is 55:2; Gl 1:6-7

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