Thus saith the Lord, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone [a]far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become [b]vain?

For they said not, Where is the Lord that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a desert, and waste land, through a dry land, and by [c]the shadow of death, by a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt?

And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof, and the commodities of the same: but when ye entered, ye defiled [d]my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 2:5 That is, fallen to most vile idolatry.
  2. Jeremiah 2:5 Altogether given to vanity, and are become blind and insensible as the idols that they serve.
  3. Jeremiah 2:6 Where for lack of all things necessary for life, ye could look for nothing every hour but present death.
  4. Jeremiah 2:7 By your idolatry and wicked manners, Ps. 78:58 and 106:38.

This is what the Lord says:

“What fault did your ancestors find in me,
    that they strayed so far from me?
They followed worthless idols(A)
    and became worthless(B) themselves.
They did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord,
    who brought us up out of Egypt(C)
and led us through the barren wilderness,
    through a land of deserts(D) and ravines,(E)
a land of drought and utter darkness,
    a land where no one travels(F) and no one lives?’
I brought you into a fertile land
    to eat its fruit and rich produce.(G)
But you came and defiled my land
    and made my inheritance detestable.(H)

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