Bible: Jer 2:4-13
The Lord Reminds Them of the Unfaithfulness of Their Ancestors
2:4 Now listen to what the Lord has to say, you descendants 1 of Jacob,
all you family groups from the nation 2 of Israel.
2:5 This is what the Lord says:
“What fault could your ancestors 3 have possibly found in me
that they strayed so far from me? 4
2:6 They did not ask:
‘Where is the
who brought us through the wilderness,
through a land of desert sands and rift valleys,
through a land of drought and deep darkness, 7
through a land in which no one travels,
and where no one lives?’ 8
2:7 I brought you 9 into a fertile land
so you could enjoy 10 its fruits and its rich bounty.
But when you entered my land, you defiled it; 11
you made the land I call my own 12 loathsome to me.
Your rulers rebelled against me.
Your prophets prophesied in the name of the god Baal. 17
They all worshiped idols that could not help them. 18
The Lord Charges Contemporary Israel with Spiritual Adultery
2:9 “So, once more I will state my case 19 against you,” says the
“I will also state it against your children and grandchildren. 20
Send someone east to Kedar 23 and have them look carefully.
See if such a thing as this has ever happened:
2:11 Has a nation ever changed its gods
(even though they are not really gods at all)?
But my people have exchanged me, their glorious God, 24
for a god that cannot help them at all! 25
2:12 Be amazed at this, O heavens! 26
Be shocked and utterly dumbfounded,”
2:13 “Do so because my people have committed a double wrong:
they have rejected me,
the fountain of life-giving water, 27
and they have dug cisterns for themselves,
cracked cisterns which cannot even hold water.”