Jeremiah 2: 1-13 ESV
¹ The word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem, Thus says the LORD,
² ‘I remember the devotion of your youth, your love as a bride, how you followed me in the wilderness, in a land not sown.
³ Israel was holy to the LORD, the firstfruits of his harvest. All who ate of it incurred guilt; disaster came upon them, declares the LORD.’”
⁴ Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the clans of the house of Israel.
⁵ Thus says the LORD: “What wrong did your fathers find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthlessness, and became worthless?
⁶ They did not say, ‘Where is the LORD who brought us up from the land of Egypt, who led us in the wilderness, in a land of deserts and pits, in a land of drought and deep darkness, in a land that none passes through,
⁷ And I brought you into a plentiful land to enjoy its fruits and its good things. But when you came in, you defiled my land and made my heritage an abomination.
⁸ The priests did not say, ‘Where is the LORD?’ Those who handle the law did not know me; the shepherds transgressed against me; the prophets prophesied by Baal and went after things that do not profit.
⁹ “Therefore I still contend with you, declares the LORD, And with your children’s children I will contend.
¹⁰ For cross to the coasts of Cyprus and see, or send to Kedar and examine with care; see if there has been such a thing.
¹¹ Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit.
¹² Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the LORD,
¹³ for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.”