|1||"If a man divorces his wife |
and she goes from him
and becomes another man's wife,
will he return to her?
Would not that land be greatly polluted?
You have played the harlot with many lovers;
and would you return to me?
|Unfaithful Israel. Jr.3.1-5|
|2||Lift up your eyes to the bare heights, and see! |
Where have you not been lain with?
By the waysides you have sat awaiting lovers
like an Arab in the wilderness.
You have polluted the land
with your vile harlotry.
|3||Therefore the showers have been withheld, |
and the spring rain has not come;
yet you have a harlot's brow,
you refuse to be ashamed.
|4||Have you not just now called to me, |
'My father, you are the friend of my youth -
|5||will he be angry for ever, |
will he be indignant to the end?'
Behold, you have spoken,
but you have done all the evil that you could."
|6||Yahweh said to me in the days of King Josiah: "Have you seen what she did, that faithless one, Israel, how she went up on every high hill and under every green tree, and there played the harlot?||Israel & Judah must repent. Jr.3.6-18|
|7||And I thought, 'After she has done all this she will return to me'; but she did not return, and her false sister Judah saw it.|
|8||She saw that for all the adulteries of that faithless one, Israel, I had sent her away with a decree of divorce; yet her false sister Judah did not fear, but she too went and played the harlot.|
|9||Because harlotry was so light to her, she polluted the land, committing adultery with stone and tree.|
|10||Yet for all this her false sister Judah did not return to me with her whole heart, but in pretence, says Yahweh."|
|11||And Yahweh said to me, "Faithless Israel has shown herself less guilty than false Judah.|
|12||Go, and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, 'Return, faithless Israel, |
I will not look on you in anger,
for I am merciful, says Yahweh;
I will not be angry for ever.
|13||Only acknowledge your guilt, |
that you rebelled against Yahweh your God
and scattered your favours among strangers under every green tree,
and that you have not obeyed my voice,
|14||Return, O faithless children, |
for I am your master;
I will take you, one from a city and two from a family,
and I will bring you to Zion.
|15||" 'And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.|
|16||And when you have multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, says Yahweh, they shall no more say, "The ark of the covenant of Yahweh." It shall not come to mind, or be remembered, or missed; it shall not be made again.|
|17||At that time Jerusalem shall be called the throne of Yahweh, and all nations shall gather to it, to the presence of Yahweh in Jerusalem, and they shall no more stubbornly follow their own evil heart.|
|18||In those days the house of Judah shall join the house of Israel, and together they shall come from the land of the north to the land that I gave your fathers for a heritage.|
|19||" 'I thought |
how I would set you among my sons,
and give you a pleasant land,
a heritage most beauteous of all nations.
And I thought you would call me, My Father,
and would not turn from following me.
|The idolatry of God's people. Jr.3.19-25|
|20||Surely, as a faithless wife leaves her husband, |
so have you been faithless to me, O house of Israel,
says Yahweh.' "
|21||A voice on the bare heights is heard, |
the weeping and pleading of Israel's sons,
because they have perverted their way,
they have forgotten Yahweh their God.
|22||"Return, O faithless sons, |
I will heal your faithlessness."
"Behold, we come to you;
for you are Yahweh our God.
|23||Truly the hills are a delusion, |
the orgies on the mountains.
Truly in Yahweh our God
is the salvation of Israel.
|24||"But from our youth the shameful thing has devoured all for which our fathers laboured, their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters.|
|25||Let us lie down in our shame, and let our dishonour cover us; for we have sinned against Yahweh our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even to this day; and we have not obeyed the voice of Yahweh our God."|
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