‘I have not been like a
I have not been like a dark place where nobody lives.
But my people say, “We can go where we like.
We do not want to visit you any more.”
A wife does not forget her valuable gifts.
But my people have forgotten me for many years.
Very bad women, even, can learn from you.
That blood gave life to people who never hurt you.
It was the blood of people who never took your things.
God is not angry with me!”
But I will
You say “I have not
So I will
You want to change.
You know now that Assyria cannot help you.
And you will soon know that Egypt cannot help you.
You will leave your country with your hands on your heads.
The Lord has not chosen the people that you have chosen.
They will not help you.’
Then she may leave him and marry another man.
If her first husband returned to her, he would not be
He would make the whole country bad.
But you have lived with many
And you want to return to me,’ says the Lord.
You have loved other gods on all of them.
You sat by the side of the road, waiting for lovers.
You waited to catch men.
You have made the country bad.
It is dirty with all the wrong things that you have done.
You have loved other gods when you should have loved me.
And that is why the spring rains have not come.
But you are still
You are not ashamed of the bad things that you have done.
You cannot always be angry.”
Those are the things that you say.
But you do as many wrong things as you can.’