Bible: Jeremiah 2:20-25

The Lord Expresses His Exasperation at Judah’s Persistent Idolat

2:20Indeed, 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 God. 7 

2:23How 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!’

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