Yeremia 2 – AKCB & NIrV

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

Yeremia 2:1-37

Israel Pa Onyankopɔn Akyi

1Awurade asɛm baa me so: 2“Kɔpae mu ka ma Yerusalem nte:

“ ‘Mekae sɛnea wode wo ho maa me wo mmabun bere mu,

sɛnea wodɔɔ me wɔ wʼayeforo bere mu

na wudii mʼakyi wɔ sare so,

asase a wonnuaa hwee wɔ so no.

3Na Israel yɛ kronkron ma Awurade,

ne twabere mu aduankan;

wɔn a wodii nʼani no wobuu wɔn fɔ,

na amanehunu baa wɔn so,’ ”

sɛnea Awurade, se ni.

4Muntie Awurade asɛm, mo Yakob asefo,

mo Israel mmusuakuw nyinaa.

5Eyi ne nea Awurade se:

“Mfomso bɛn na mo agyanom huu wɔ me ho a

ɛma wɔtwee wɔn ho kɔɔ akyirikyiri sɛɛ?

Wodii ahoni a wɔn so nni mfaso akyi,

maa wɔn ankasa bɛyɛɛ ahuhufo.

6Wɔammisa se, ‘Ɛhe na Awurade wɔ?

Nea oyii yɛn fii Misraim

na ɔde yɛn faa sare wosee so,

nweatam ne abonabon asase

a awo na ayɛ owubon no.

Asase a obiara mfa so na obiara nte so no.’

7Mede mo beduaa asasebere so

sɛ munni so nnuaba ne ɛso nnepa.

Nanso mubeguu mʼasase ho fi,

na moyɛɛ mʼagyapade akyiwade.

8Asɔfo no ammisa se,

‘Ɛhe na Awurade wɔ?’

Wɔn a wɔde mmara yɛ adwuma no anhwehwɛ me;

ntuanofo sɔre tiaa me.

Adiyifo no de Baal hyɛɛ nkɔm,

na wodii ahoni huhuw akyi.

9“Ɛno nti, merebɔ mo kwaadu bio,”

nea Awurade se ni.

“Na mɛbɔ mo mma mma kwaadu.

10Muntwa nkɔ Kitim mpoano nkɔhwɛ,

monsoma nkɔ Kedar nkɔhwehwɛ mu yiye;

monhwɛ sɛ biribi a ɛte sɛɛ asi wɔ hɔ:

11Ɔman bi asesa wɔn anyame pɛn ana?

Nso wɔnnyɛ anyame mpo.

Nanso me nkurɔfo de wɔn anuonyam

asesa ahoni huhuw.

12Mo ɔsorosoro, momma mo ho nnwiriw mo wɔ eyi ho,

na mo ho nwosow wɔ akomatu mu,”

nea Awurade se ni.

13“Me nkurɔfo ayɛ bɔne ahorow abien:

Wɔapa me,

me a meyɛ nkwa asubura no,

na wɔatutu wɔn ankasa mmura amoa,

mmura a apaapae a entumi nkora nsu.

14Israel yɛ akoa anaa ɔsomfo fi awo mu ana?

Adɛn nti na wayɛ asade yi?

15Gyata abobɔ mu;

wɔaworo so akyerɛ no.

Wɔama nʼasase ada mpan;

wɔahyehyew ne nkurow ayɛ no amamfo.

16Afei Memfis ne Tapanhes mmarima

ayi wo ti so nwi.

17Ɛnyɛ wo na woama eyi aba wo so

sɛ wopaa Awurade wo Nyankopɔn akyi,

wɔ bere a ɔrekyerɛ wo kwan no?

18Afei adɛn nti na wokɔ Misraim

kɔnom Sihor mu nsu?

Na adɛn nti na wokɔ Asiria

kɔnom Asubɔnten no mu nsu?

19Wo amumɔyɛ bɛtwe wʼaso;

wo nsanakyi bɛka wʼanim.

Enti dwene ho na hu sɛ,

sɛ wopa Awurade wo Nyankopɔn akyi

na woannya ne ho suro a,

ɛyɛ bɔne ne ɔyaw ma wo.”

Awurade, Asafo Awurade na ose.

20“Tete mmere no, wububuu wo konnua mu,

na wotetew wo nkɔnsɔnkɔnsɔn mu;

na wokae se, ‘Merensom wo!’

Ampa, wɔ koko biara so

ne dua biara a adennan ase

na wotena bɔɔ aguaman.

21Miduaa wo sɛ bobe ankasa

a efi bobe a ase ye pa ara mu.

Na ɛyɛɛ dɛn na wodan wʼakyi kyerɛɛ me

bɛyɛɛ bobe a anyin asɛe wɔ wura mu yi?

22Sɛ wode soda

ne samina bebree guare mpo a,

wʼafɔdi nkekae da so wɔ mʼanim ara,”

sɛnea Otumfo Awurade se ni.

23“Ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na woaka se, ‘Me ho nguu fi ɛ;

minnii Baalnom akyi ɛ’?

Hwɛ sɛnea woyɛɛ wo ho wɔ obon no mu;

dwene nea woayɛ no ho.

Woyɛ yomabere hoɔharefo

a wutu mmirika kɔ ha ba ha,

24wura mu afurum a nweatam so tena akokwaw no,

ohuahua bere a ɔpɛ sɛ onini hyia no.

Sɛ nʼakɔnnɔ no ano yɛ den a hena na obesianka no?

Anini biara a wɔtaa no no nhaw wɔn ho bebree;

edu bere a ɛsɛ sɛ wohyia no a wobenya no.

25Ntu mmirika nkosi sɛ wʼanan ase bɛyɛ kwaterekwa,

na wo mene mu bɛyow.

Nanso wokae se, ‘So nni mfaso!

Mepɛ ananafo anyame,

na ɛsɛ sɛ midi wɔn akyi.’

26“Sɛnea wɔkyere ɔkorɔmfo a wogu nʼanim ase no,

saa na wɔagu Israelfi anim ase,

wɔn ankasa, wɔn ahemfo ne wɔn adwumayɛfo,

wɔn asɔfo ne wɔn adiyifo.

27Wɔka kyerɛ dua se, ‘Woyɛ mʼagya,’

ne ɔbo se, ‘Wo na wowoo me.’

Wɔadan wɔn akyi akyerɛ me

na ɛnyɛ wɔn anim;

nanso sɛ amanehunu bi ba wɔn so a, wɔka se,

‘Bra begye yɛn!’

28Anyame a moyɛ maa mo ho no wɔ he?

Momma wɔmmra sɛ wobetumi agye mo

bere a mowɔ amanehunu mu!

Efisɛ mowɔ anyame bebree

te sɛ nea mowɔ nkurow bebree no, Yuda.

29“Adɛn nti na mobɔ me sobo?

Mo nyinaa ayɛ dɔm atia me,”

Awurade na ose.

30“Metwee mo nkurɔfo aso kwa;

wɔamfa me nteɛso.

Wʼafoa akunkum wʼadiyifo

te sɛ gyata a nʼani abere.

31“Mo nnɛmmafo, munnwen Awurade asɛm ho:

“Mayɛ sɛ, nweatam ama Israel ana?

Anaasɛ asase a so aduru sum kabii ana?

Adɛn nti na me nkurɔfo ka se, ‘Yɛwɔ ho kwan sɛ yekyinkyin;

yɛremma wo nkyɛn bio.’

32Ɔbabun werɛ fi ne mpempranne,

ayeforo werɛ befi nʼahyehyɛde ana?

Nanso me nkurɔfo werɛ afi me

nna a wontumi nkan.

33Hwɛ nyansa a mowɔ de pɛ mo adɔfo!

Mmea a wɔnsɛ hwee koraa tumi sua mo akwan.

34Mo adurade mu wɔ

ahiafo a wodi bem mogya,

nanso moankyere wɔn sɛ wɔrebubu akɔ mu.

Eyinom nyinaa akyi

35woka se, ‘Midi bem;

ne bo mfuw me.’

Nanso mebu wo atɛn

efisɛ woka se, ‘Menyɛɛ bɔne biara ɛ.’

36Adɛn nti na wukyinkyin sɛɛ,

sesa wʼakwan?

Misraim bedi wo huammɔ

sɛnea Asiria yɛe no.

37Afei wubefi saa beae hɔ

a wo nsa gu wo ti so.

Efisɛ Awurade apo wɔn a wode wo ho too wɔn so no;

wɔremmoa wo.

New International Reader’s Version

Jeremiah 2:1-37

Israel Deserts the Lord

1A message from the Lord came to me. The Lord said, 2“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.

3Your 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.

4People of Jacob, hear the Lord’s message.

Listen, all you tribes of Israel.

5The 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.

6They 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.’

7But 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.

8The 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.

9“So I am bringing charges against you again,”

announces the Lord.

“And I will bring charges against your children’s children.

10Go 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.

11Has 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.

12Sky 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.

14Are you people of Israel servants?

You were not born as slaves, were you?

Then why have you been carried off like stolen goods?

15Lions have roared.

They have growled at you.

They have destroyed your land.

Your towns are burned and deserted.

16The men of Memphis and Tahpanhes

have cracked your skulls.

17Haven’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.

18Why do you go to Egypt

to drink water from the Nile River?

Why do you go to Assyria

to drink from the Euphrates River?

19You 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.

21You 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?

22You 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.

24You 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.

25Do 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.

27You 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!’

28Then 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’?

32Does 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.

33You are very skilled at chasing after love!

Even the worst of women can learn from how you act.

34The 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,

35you 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.’

36Why do you keep on

changing your ways so much?

Assyria did not help you.

And Egypt will not help you either.

37So 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.