New International Reader's Version

Jeremiah 2

Israel Deserts the Lord

1A message from the Lord came to me. The Lord said, “Go. Announce my message to the people in Jerusalem. I want everyone to hear it. Tell them,

“Here is what the Lord says.

“ ‘I remember how faithful you were to me when you were young.
    You loved me as if you were my bride.
You followed me through the desert.
    Nothing had been planted there.
Your people were holy to me.
    They were the first share of my harvest.
All those who destroyed them were held guilty.
    And trouble came to their enemies,’ ”
    announces the Lord.

People of Jacob, hear the Lord’s message.
    Listen, all you tribes of Israel.

The Lord says,

“What did your people of long ago find wrong with me?
    Why did they wander so far away from me?
They worshiped worthless statues of gods.
    Then they themselves became worthless.
They did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord?
    He brought us up out of Egypt.
He led us through a dry and empty land.
    He guided us through deserts and deep valleys.
It was a land of total darkness where there wasn’t any rain.
    No one lived or traveled there.’
But I brought you into a land that has rich soil.
    I gave you its fruit and its finest food.
In spite of that, you made my land impure.
    You turned it into something I hate.
The priests did not ask,
    ‘Where is the Lord?’
Those who taught my law did not know me.
    The leaders refused to obey me.
The prophets prophesied in the name of Baal.
    They worshiped worthless statues of gods.

“So I am bringing charges against you again,”
    announces the Lord.
    “And I will bring charges against your children’s children.
10 Go over to the coasts of Cyprus and look.
    Send people to the land of Kedar and have them look closely.
    See if there has ever been anything like this.
11 Has a nation ever changed its gods?
    Actually, they are not even gods at all.
But my people have traded away their glorious God.
    They have traded me for worthless statues of gods.
12 Sky above, be shocked over this.
    Tremble with horror,”
    announces the Lord.
13 “My people have sinned twice.
They have deserted me,
    even though I am the spring of water that gives life.
And they have dug their own wells.
    But those wells are broken.
    They can’t hold any water.
14 Are you people of Israel servants?
    You were not born as slaves, were you?
    Then why have you been carried off like stolen goods?
15 Lions have roared.
    They have growled at you.
They have destroyed your land.
    Your towns are burned and deserted.
16 The men of Memphis and Tahpanhes
    have cracked your skulls.
17 Haven’t you brought this on yourselves?
    I am the Lord your God, but you deserted me.
    You left me even while I was leading you.
18 Why do you go to Egypt
    to drink water from the Nile River?
Why do you go to Assyria
    to drink from the Euphrates River?
19 You will be punished because you have sinned.
    You will be corrected for turning away from me.
I am the Lord your God.
    If you desert me, bad things will happen to you.
If you do not respect me, you will suffer bitterly.
    I want you to understand that,”
    announces the Lord who rules over all.

20 “Long ago you broke off the yoke I put on you.
    You tore off the ropes I tied you up with.
    You said, ‘I won’t serve you!’
In fact, on every high hill
    you lay down like a prostitute.
    You worshiped other gods under every green tree.
21 You were like a good vine when I planted you.
    You were a healthy plant.
Then how did you turn against me?
    How did you become a bad, wild vine?
22 You might wash yourself with soap.
    You might use plenty of strong soap.
    But I can still see the stains your guilt covers you with,”
    announces the Lord and King.
23 “You say, ‘I am “clean.”
    I haven’t followed the gods that are named Baal.’
How can you say that?
    Remember how you acted in the valley.
Consider what you have done.
    You are like a female camel running quickly here and there.
24 You are like a wild donkey that lives in the desert.
    She smells the wind when she longs for a mate.
    Who can hold her back?
The males that run after her do not need to wear themselves out.
    At mating time they will easily find her.
25 Do not run after other gods
    until your sandals are worn out and your throat is dry.
But you said, ‘It’s no use!
    I love those gods.
    I must go after them.’

26 “A thief is dishonored when he is caught.
    And you people of Israel are filled with shame.
Your kings and officials are dishonored.
    So are your priests and your prophets.
27 You say to a piece of wood, ‘You are my father.’
    You say to a stone, ‘You are my mother.’
You have turned your backs to me.
    You refuse to look at me.
But when you are in trouble, you say,
    ‘Come and save us!’
28 Then where are the gods you made for yourselves?
    Let them come when you are in trouble!
    Let them save you if they can!
Judah, you have as many gods
    as you have towns.

29 “Why do you bring charges against me?
    All of you have refused to obey me,”
    announces the Lord.
30 “I punished your people. But it did not do them any good.
    They did not pay attention when they were corrected.
You have killed your prophets by swords.
    You have swallowed them up like a hungry lion.

31 “You who are now living, consider my message. I am saying,

“Have I been like a desert to Israel?
    Have I been like a land of deep darkness?
Why do my people say, ‘We are free to wander.
    We won’t come to you anymore’?
32 Does a young woman forget all about her jewelry?
    Does a bride forget her wedding jewels?
But my people have forgotten me
    more days than anyone can count.
33 You are very skilled at chasing after love!
    Even the worst of women can learn from how you act.
34 The blood of those you have killed is on your clothes.
    You have destroyed poor people who were not guilty.
    You did not catch them in the act of breaking in.
In spite of all this,
35     you say, ‘I’m not guilty of doing anything wrong.
    The Lord isn’t angry with me.’
But I will judge you.
    That’s because you say, ‘I haven’t sinned.’
36 Why do you keep on
    changing your ways so much?
Assyria did not help you.
    And Egypt will not help you either.
37 So you will also leave Egypt
    with your hands tied together above your heads.
I have turned my back on those you trust.
    They will not help you.

New American Standard Bible

Jeremiah 2

Judah’s Apostasy

1Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Go and proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord,

“I remember concerning you the [a]devotion of your youth,
The love of your betrothals,
Your following after Me in the wilderness,
Through a land not sown.
“Israel was holy to the Lord,
The first of His harvest.
All who ate of it became guilty;
Evil came upon them,” declares the Lord.’”

Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel. Thus says the Lord,

“What injustice did your fathers find in Me,
That they went far from Me
And walked after emptiness and became empty?
“They did not say, ‘Where is the Lord
Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt,
Who led us through the wilderness,
Through a land of deserts and of pits,
Through a land of drought and of [b]deep darkness,
Through a land that no one crossed
And where no man dwelt?’
“I brought you into the fruitful land
To eat its fruit and its good things.
But you came and defiled My land,
And My inheritance you made an abomination.
“The priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’
And those who handle the law did not know Me;
The [c]rulers also transgressed against Me,
And the prophets prophesied by Baal
And walked after things that did not profit.

“Therefore I will yet contend with you,” declares the Lord,
“And with your sons’ sons I will contend.
10 “For cross to the coastlands of [d]Kittim and see,
And send to Kedar and observe closely
And see if there has been such a thing as this!
11 “Has a nation changed gods
When they were not gods?
But My people have changed their glory
For that which does not profit.
12 “Be appalled, O heavens, at this,
And shudder, be very desolate,” declares the Lord.
13 “For My people have committed two evils:
They have forsaken Me,
The fountain of living waters,
To hew for themselves cisterns,
Broken cisterns
That can hold no water.

14 “Is Israel a slave? Or is he a homeborn servant?
Why has he become a prey?
15 “The young lions have roared at him,
They have [e]roared loudly.
And they have made his land a waste;
His cities have been destroyed, without inhabitant.
16 “Also the [f]men of Memphis and Tahpanhes
Have [g]shaved the crown of your head.
17 “Have you not done this to yourself
By your forsaking the Lord your God
When He led you in the way?
18 “But now what are you doing on the road to Egypt,
To drink the waters of the [h]Nile?
Or what are you doing on the road to Assyria,
To drink the waters of the [i]Euphrates?
19 “Your own wickedness will correct you,
And your apostasies will reprove you;
Know therefore and see that it is evil and bitter
For you to forsake the Lord your God,
And the dread of Me is not in you,” declares the Lord [j]God of hosts.

20 “For long ago [k]I broke your yoke
And tore off your bonds;
But you said, ‘I will not serve!’
For on every high hill
And under every green tree
You have lain down as a harlot.
21 “Yet I planted you a choice vine,
A completely faithful seed.
How then have you turned yourself before Me
Into the degenerate shoots of a foreign vine?
22 “Although you wash yourself with lye
And [l]use much soap,
The stain of your iniquity is before Me,” declares the Lord [m]God.
23 “How can you say, ‘I am not defiled,
I have not gone after the Baals’?
Look at your way in the valley!
Know what you have done!
You are a swift young camel entangling her ways,
24 A wild donkey accustomed to the wilderness,
That sniffs the wind in her passion.
In the time of her [n]heat who can turn her away?
All who seek her will not become weary;
In her month they will find her.
25 “Keep your feet from being unshod
And your throat from thirst;
But you said, ‘It is [o]hopeless!
No! For I have loved strangers,
And after them I will walk.’

26 “As the thief is shamed when he is discovered,
So the house of Israel is shamed;
They, their kings, their princes
And their priests and their prophets,
27 Who say to a tree, ‘You are my father,’
And to a stone, ‘You gave me birth.’
For they have turned their back to Me,
And not their face;
But in the time of their [p]trouble they will say,
‘Arise and save us.’
28 “But where are your gods
Which you made for yourself?
Let them arise, if they can save you
In the time of your [q]trouble;
For according to the number of your cities
Are your gods, O Judah.

29 “Why do you contend with Me?
You have all transgressed against Me,” declares the Lord.
30 “In vain I have struck your sons;
They accepted no chastening.
Your sword has devoured your prophets
Like a destroying lion.
31 “O generation, heed the word of the Lord.
Have I been a wilderness to Israel,
Or a land of thick darkness?
Why do My people say, ‘We are free to roam;
We will no longer come to You’?
32 “Can a virgin forget her ornaments,
Or a bride her attire?
Yet My people have forgotten Me
Days without number.
33 “How well you prepare your way
To seek love!
Therefore even [r]the wicked women
You have taught your ways.
34 “Also on your skirts is found
The lifeblood of the innocent poor;
You did not find them breaking in.
But in spite of all these things,
35 Yet you said, ‘I am innocent;
Surely His anger is turned away from me.’
Behold, I will enter into judgment with you
Because you say, ‘I have not sinned.’
36 “Why do you go around so much
Changing your way?
Also, you will be put to shame by Egypt
As you were put to shame by Assyria.
37 “From this place also you will go out
With your hands on your head;
For the Lord has rejected those in whom you trust,
And you will not prosper with them.”

Notas al pie

  1. Jeremiah 2:2 Or lovingkindness
  2. Jeremiah 2:6 Or the shadow of death
  3. Jeremiah 2:8 Lit shepherds
  4. Jeremiah 2:10 I.e. Cyprus and other islands
  5. Jeremiah 2:15 Lit given their voice
  6. Jeremiah 2:16 Or sons
  7. Jeremiah 2:16 Lit grazed
  8. Jeremiah 2:18 Heb Shihor
  9. Jeremiah 2:18 Lit River
  10. Jeremiah 2:19 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  11. Jeremiah 2:20 Or you
  12. Jeremiah 2:22 Lit cause to be great to you
  13. Jeremiah 2:22 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  14. Jeremiah 2:24 Lit occasion
  15. Jeremiah 2:25 Or desperate
  16. Jeremiah 2:27 Or evil
  17. Jeremiah 2:28 Or evil
  18. Jeremiah 2:33 Or in wickedness