Bible: Jer 2:24-35

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. 1 

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. 2 

2:25 Do not chase after other gods until your shoes wear out

and your throats become dry. 3 

But you say, ‘It is useless for you to try and stop me

because I love those foreign gods 4  and want to pursue them!’

2:26 Just as a thief has to suffer dishonor when he is caught,

so the people of Israel 5  will suffer dishonor for what they have done. 6 

So will their kings and officials,

their priests and their prophets.

2:27 They say to a wooden idol, 7  ‘You are my father.’

They say to a stone image, ‘You gave birth to me.’ 8 

Yes, they have turned away from me instead of turning to me. 9 

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 10  you have as many gods

as you have towns, Judah.

2:29Why do you try to refute me? 11 

All of you have rebelled against me,”

says the Lord.

2:30It did no good for me to punish your people.

They did not respond to such correction.

You slaughtered your prophets

like a voracious lion.” 12 

2:31 You people of this generation,

listen to what the Lord says.

“Have I been like a wilderness to you, Israel?

Have I been like a dark and dangerous land to you? 13 

Why then do you 14  say, ‘We are free to wander. 15 

We will not come to you any more?’

2:32 Does a young woman forget to put on her jewels?

Does a bride forget to put on her bridal attire?

But my people have forgotten me

for more days than can even be counted.

2:33My, how good you have become

at chasing after your lovers! 16 

Why, you could even teach prostitutes a thing or two! 17 

2:34 Even your clothes are stained with

the lifeblood of the poor who had not done anything wrong;

you did not catch them breaking into your homes. 18 

Yet, in spite of all these things you have done, 19 

2:35 you say, ‘I have not done anything wrong,

so the Lord cannot really be angry with me any more.’

But, watch out! 20  I will bring down judgment on you

because you say, ‘I have not committed any sin.’

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