Bible: Jer 2:20-31
The Lord Expresses His Exasperation at Judah’s Persistent Idolat
2:20 “Indeed, 1 long ago you threw off my authority
and refused to be subject to me. 2
You said, ‘I will not serve you.’ 3
Instead, you gave yourself to other gods on every high hill
and under every green tree,
like a prostitute sprawls out before her lovers. 4
2:21 I planted you in the land
like a special vine of the very best stock.
Why in the world have you turned into something like a wild vine
that produces rotten, foul-smelling grapes? 5
2:22 You can try to wash away your guilt with a strong detergent.
You can use as much soap as you want.
But the stain of your guilt is still there for me to see,” 6
says the Lord
2:23 “How can you say, ‘I have not made myself unclean.
I have not paid allegiance to 8 the gods called Baal.’
Just look at the way you have behaved in the Valley of Hinnom! 9
Think about the things you have done there!
You are like a flighty, young female camel
that rushes here and there, crisscrossing its path. 10
2:24 You are like a wild female donkey brought up in the wilderness.
In her lust she sniffs the wind to get the scent of a male. 11
No one can hold her back when she is in heat.
None of the males need wear themselves out chasing after her.
At mating time she is easy to find. 12
2:25 Do not chase after other gods until your shoes wear out
and your throats become dry. 13
But you say, ‘It is useless for you to try and stop me
because I love those foreign gods 14 and want to pursue them!’
2:26 Just as a thief has to suffer dishonor when he is caught,
So will their kings and officials,
their priests and their prophets.
2:27 They say to a wooden idol, 17 ‘You are my father.’
They say to a stone image, ‘You gave birth to me.’ 18
Yes, they have turned away from me instead of turning to me. 19
Yet when they are in trouble, they say, ‘Come and save us!’
2:28 But where are the gods you made for yourselves?
Let them save you when you are in trouble.
The sad fact is that 20 you have as many gods
as you have towns, Judah.
2:29 “Why do you try to refute me? 21
All of you have rebelled against me,”
2:30 “It did no good for me to punish your people.
They did not respond to such correction.
You slaughtered your prophets
like a voracious lion.” 22
2:31 You people of this generation,
listen to what the
“Have I been like a wilderness to you, Israel?
Have I been like a dark and dangerous land to you? 23
We will not come to you any more?’