And there is a word of Jehovah unto me, saying,
'Go, and thou hast called in the ears of Jerusalem, saying,
Thus said Jehovah: I have remembered for thee The kindness of thy youth, the
love of thine espousals, Thy going after Me in a wilderness, in a land not
Holy is Israel to Jehovah, The first-fruit of His
increase, All consuming him are guilty, Evil cometh in unto them, an
affirmation of Jehovah.
Hear a word of Jehovah, O house of Jacob, And all ye
families of the house of Israel.
Thus said Jehovah: What -- have your fathers found in Me
perversity, That they have gone far off from Me, And go after the vanity, and
And have not said, Where is Jehovah, Who bringeth us
up out of the land of Egypt, Who leadeth us in a wilderness, In a land of
deserts and pits, In a dry land, and of death-shade, In a land -- none hath
passed through it, Nor dwelt hath man there?'
Yea, I bring you in to a land of fruitful fields, To eat its
fruit and its goodness, And ye come in and defile My land, And Mine inheritance
have made an abomination.
The priests have not said, 'Where is Jehovah?' And
those handling the law have not known Me. And the shepherds transgressed
against Me, And the prophets have prophesied by Baal, And after those who
profit not have gone.
Therefore, yet I plead with you, An affirmation of Jehovah,
And with your sons' sons I plead.
For, pass to the isles of Chittim, and see, And to Kedar
send, and consider well, And see if there hath been like this:
Hath a nation changed gods? (And they are no gods!)
And My people hath changed its honour For that which doth not profit.
Be astonished, ye heavens, at this, Yea, be frightened, be
greatly wasted, An affirmation of Jehovah.
For two evils hath My people done, Me they have forsaken, a
fountain of living waters, To hew out for themselves wells -- broken wells,
That contain not the waters.
A servant is Israel? Is he a child of the house?
Wherefore hath he been for a prey?
Against him roar do young lions, They have given forth their
voice, And make his land become a desolation, His cities have been burnt
Also sons of Noph and Tahapanes Consume thee -- the crown of
Dost thou not do this to thyself? By thy forsaking
Jehovah thy God, At the time He is leading thee in the way?
And now, what -- to thee in the way of Egypt, To drink the
waters of Sihor? And what -- to thee in the way of Asshur, To drink the waters of
Instruct thee doth thy wickedness, And thy backslidings
reprove thee, Know and see that an evil and a bitter thing Is thy
forsaking Jehovah thy God, And My fear not being on thee, An affirmation of the
Lord Jehovah of Hosts.
For from of old thou hast broken thy yoke, Drawn away thy
bands, and sayest, 'I do not serve,' For, on every high height, and under every
green tree, Thou art wandering -- a harlot.
And I planted thee a choice vine, wholly a true seed, And
how hast thou been turned to Me, To the degenerate shoots of a strange vine?
But though thou dost wash with nitre, And dost multiply to
thyself soap, Marked is thine iniquity before Me, An affirmation of the Lord
How sayest thou, 'I have not been defiled, After the Baalim
I have not gone?' See thy way in a valley, know what thou hast done, A swift
dromedary winding her ways,
A wild ass accustomed to a wilderness, In the desire of her
soul she hath swallowed up wind, Her meeting -- who doth turn her back? None
seeking her do weary themselves, In her month they find her.
Withhold thy foot from being unshod, And thy throat from
thirst, And thou sayest, 'It is incurable, No, for I have loved strangers, and
after them I go.'
As the shame of a thief when he is found, So put to shame
have been the house of Israel, They, their kings, their heads, And their
priests, and their prophets,
Saying to wood, 'My father art thou!' And to a stone,
'Thou hast brought me forth,' For they turned unto me the back and not the
face, And in the time of their vexation, They say, 'Arise Thou, and save us.'
And where are thy gods, that thou hast made to
thyself? Let them arise, if they may save thee, In the time of thy vexation,
For -- the number of thy cities have been thy gods, O Judah,
Why do ye strive with Me? All of you have transgressed
against Me, An affirmation of Jehovah.
In vain I have smitten your sons, Instruction they have not
accepted, Devoured hath your sword your prophets, As a destroying lion.
O generation, see ye the word of Jehovah: A wilderness have
I been to Israel? A land of thick darkness? Wherefore have My people said, 'We
mourned, We come not in again unto Thee.'
Doth a virgin forget her ornaments? A bride her bands? And
My people have forgotten Me days without number.
What -- dost thou make pleasing thy ways to seek love?
Therefore even the wicked thou hast taught thy ways.
Also in thy skirts hath been found the blood of innocent
needy souls, Not by digging have I found them, but upon all these.
And thou sayest, 'Because I have been innocent, Surely
turned back hath His anger from me?' Lo, I have been judged with thee, Because
of thy saying, 'I have not sinned.'
What? thou art very vile to repeat thy way, Even of Egypt
thou art ashamed, As thou hast been ashamed of Asshur,
Also from this thou goest out, And thy hands on thy head,
For Jehovah hath kicked at thy confidences, And thou dost not give prosperity