Israel's people have turned against the Lord
“This is what the Lord says:
I remember how you used to love me when you were young.
You loved me as a young wife loves her husband.
You followed me through the
They were like the first crops that grew on my land.
I promised to punish anyone who tried to hurt them.
I sent great trouble to those who attacked you.
That is what I, the Lord, have said.” ’
‘I had done nothing wrong against your
but they turned away from me.
So they themselves became useless.
“Where is the Lord?
We should ask him to help us.
He brought us safely out of Egypt.
He led us through the
It was a place with dry sand and deep holes.
There was no water there and it was dangerous.
Nobody lives in that desert,
and nobody even travels through it.”
It was a place where fruit grew on trees.
You could eat all those good things,
as well as the
You came into the land that I had promised to give to you.
You made it a
The people who taught my
Your leaders turned against me.
They worshipped useless
‘Because of your sins, I will speak against you in
I will show that you are
as well as your children and your grandchildren.
Send people across the sea to islands in the west.
Or send them to the
Let them find out if any other people have done this
No! They have not done that, even to their false gods!
But my people have turned against me,
the true God who makes them great.’
‘The whole universe should see how terrible this is.
Yes, everything should
I give them life, like a
but they have turned away from me.
Instead, they have tried to get water for themselves.
They have dug holes in the ground to store it.
But those holes cannot hold the water.
It quickly runs away.
They were not born as slaves.
But their enemies have taken them away as
They have destroyed my people's land.
They have destroyed your cities with fire.
Nobody lives in them any more.
The Lord your God was leading you on the right way.
But you decided not to follow him any longer.
If you drink water from the Nile river,
will that make you strong? No!
And what help will you get from Assyria?
If you drink water from the Euphrates river,
will that make you strong? No!
You have brought
because you have turned against me, the Lord your God.
Because you no longer
you will realize that you are in great trouble.’
That is what the Lord God Almighty says.
You refused to accept my authority.
You said, “I will not
Instead, you go up on the hills to worship other gods.
You lie down under the green trees,
and you live like
like the very good seed of a
But see how you have changed!
You have become like a wild vine.
But I still see the dirt of your
That is what the Almighty Lord says.
We do not
But remember what you have done in the valleys.
You hurry to find another idol that you can worship.
Like a female
She lifts her nose to smell the air.
She wants to find a male donkey.
Nobody can control her.
Male donkeys do not have to chase her.
She will come to them to have sex with them.
You are like that as you chase after false gods.
Your feet will hurt and you will become very
You say, “Do not try to stop us! We cannot turn back.
We love foreign gods and we must serve them!”
The people of Israel will become ashamed like that.
They will all be ashamed of their
Their kings, their officers, their
and they say, “You are my father.”
They say to a stone, “You gave birth to me.”
They have not turned to come to me.
Instead, they have turned away from me.
But when trouble comes to them,
they call out to me to
Ask them to save you when trouble comes!
You have enough gods to give you help.
Yes, people of Judah,
your gods are as many as your towns!
You have all turned against me.’
That is what the Lord says.
they did not change how they lived.
When I sent my
you killed them as if you were a hungry
‘People of Israel, why do you not
Have I become like a
Have I become a dark and dangerous land for you to live in?
No! But you say, “We are free to go where we like.
We do not need to serve you any more.”
When a woman marries,
she does not forget to wear her special dress.
But for many years, my people have forgotten me.
Your clothes have their blood on them!
They had not robbed you,
but you still killed them.
You have done all these bad things, but still you say,
God cannot be angry with us!”
Be careful! I will surely
because you say, “I am not guilty of any
You run here and there to make new friends.
You hoped for help from Assyria,
but no help came.
And you will get no help from Egypt either.
You will be ashamed and
The Lord has turned away from those nations.
But you will not receive any help from them.’