Bible: Jeremiah 2:20-25
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!’