Jeremiah 3

3:1 They say, If a man shall put away his wife, and she shall go
 from him, and become another man's, shall he return to her
 again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast
 played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me,
 saith the LORD.
3:2 Lift up thy eyes to the high places, and see where thou hast
 not been lain with. In the ways hast thou sat for them, as the
 Arabian in the wilderness; and thou hast polluted the land with
 thy acts of lewdness, and with thy wickedness.
3:3 Therefore the showers have been withheld, and there hath
 been no latter rain? and thou hadst a harlot's forehead, thou
 refusedst to be ashamed.
3:4 Wilt thou not from this time cry to me, My father, thou
 [art] the guide of my youth?
3:5 Will he retain [his anger] for ever? will he keep [it] to
 the end? Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou
3:6 The LORD said also to me in the days of Josiah the king,
 Hast thou seen [that] which backsliding Israel hath done? she
 hath gone up upon every high mountain, and under every green
 tree, and there hath played the harlot.
3:7 And I said after she had done all these [things], Turn thou
 to me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah
 saw [it].
3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes by which backsliding
 Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a
 bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not,
 but went and played the harlot also.
3:9 And it came to pass through the lightness of her lewdness,
 that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones
 and with stocks.
3:10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not
 turned to me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the
3:11 And the LORD said to me, The backsliding Israel hath
 justified herself more than treacherous Judah.
3:12 Go and proclaim these words towards the north, and say,
 Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; [and] I will
 not cause my anger to fall upon you: for I [am] merciful, saith
 the LORD, [and] I will not keep [anger] for ever.
3:13 Only acknowledge thy iniquity, that thou hast transgressed
 against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the
 strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my
 voice, saith the LORD.
3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am
 married to you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a
 family, and I will bring you to Zion:
3:15 And I will give you pastors according to my heart, who
 shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
3:16 And it shall come to pass, when ye shall be multiplied and
 increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they
 shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither
 shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither
 shall they visit [it]; neither shall [that] be done any more.
3:17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the
 LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name
 of the LORD, to Jerusalem; neither shall they walk any more
 after the imagination of their evil heart.
3:18 In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house
 of Israel, and they shall come together from the land of the
 north to the land that I have given for an inheritance to your
3:19 But I said, How shall I put thee among the children, and
 give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of
 nations? and I said, Thou shalt call me, My father; and shalt
 not turn away from me.
3:20 Surely [as] a wife treacherously departeth from her
 husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of
 Israel, saith the LORD.
3:21 A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping [and]
 supplications of the children of Israel: for they have
 perverted their way, [and] they have forgotten the LORD their
3:22 Return, ye backsliding children, [and] I will heal your
 backslidings. Behold, we come to thee; for thou [art] the LORD
 our God.
3:23 Truly in vain [is salvation hoped for] from the hills, [and
 from] the multitude of mountains: truly in the LORD our God
 [is] the salvation of Israel.
3:24 For shame hath devoured the labor of our fathers from our
 youth; their flocks and their herds, their sons and their
3:25 We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us:
 for we have sinned against the LORD our God, we and our
 fathers, from our youth even to this day, and have not obeyed
 the voice of the LORD our God.

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