Bible: Jeremiah 3:1-10

3:1If a man divorces his wife

and she leaves him and becomes another man’s wife,

he may not take her back again. 1 

Doing that would utterly defile the land. 2 

But you, Israel, have given yourself as a prostitute to many gods. 3 

So what makes you think you can return to me?” 4 

says the Lord.

3:2Look up at the hilltops and consider this. 5 

You have had sex with other gods on every one of them. 6 

You waited for those gods like a thief lying in wait in the desert. 7 

You defiled the land by your wicked prostitution to other gods. 8 

3:3 That is why the rains have been withheld,

and the spring rains have not come.

Yet in spite of this you are obstinate as a prostitute. 9 

You refuse to be ashamed of what you have done.

3:4 Even now you say to me, ‘You are my father! 10 

You have been my faithful companion ever since I was young.

3:5 You will not always be angry with me, will you?

You will not be mad at me forever, will you?’ 11 

That is what you say,

but you continually do all the evil that you can.” 12 

3:6 When Josiah was king of Judah, the Lord said to me, “Jeremiah, you have no doubt seen what wayward Israel has done. 13  You have seen how she went up to every high hill and under every green tree to give herself like a prostitute to other gods. 14  3:7 Yet even after she had done all that, I thought that she might come back to me. 15  But she did not. Her sister, unfaithful Judah, saw what she did. 16  3:8 She also saw 17  that I gave wayward Israel her divorce papers and sent her away because of her adulterous worship of other gods. 18  Even after her unfaithful sister Judah had seen this, 19  she still was not afraid, and she too went and gave herself like a prostitute to other gods. 20  3:9 Because she took her prostitution so lightly, she defiled the land 21  through her adulterous worship of gods made of wood and stone. 22  3:10 In spite of all this, 23  Israel’s sister, unfaithful Judah, has not turned back to me with any sincerity; she has only pretended to do so,” 24  says the Lord.

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