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Jeremiah 2: 14-22


14 Is Israel a slave? Is he a home-born servant?
   Why then has he become plunder?
15 The lions have roared against him,
   they have roared loudly.
They have made his land a waste;
   his cities are in ruins, without inhabitant.
16 Moreover, the people of Memphis and Tahpanhes
   have broken the crown of your head.
17 Have you not brought this upon yourself
   by forsaking the Lord your God,
   while he led you in the way?
18 What then do you gain by going to Egypt,
   to drink the waters of the Nile?
Or what do you gain by going to Assyria,
   to drink the waters of the Euphrates?
19 Your wickedness will punish you,
   and your apostasies will convict you.
Know and see that it is evil and bitter
   for you to forsake the Lord your God;
   the fear of me is not in you,

says the Lord God of hosts.


20 For long ago you broke your yoke
   and burst your bonds,
   and you said, ‘I will not serve!’
On every high hill
   and under every green tree
   you sprawled and played the whore.
21 Yet I planted you as a choice vine,
   from the purest stock.
How then did you turn degenerate
   and become a wild vine?
22 Though you wash yourself with lye
   and use much soap,
   the stain of your guilt is still before me,

says the Lord God.

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