You have sinned more than all who came before you. You went and angered me by making other gods, formed out of metal; you have completely disregarded me. 1
“Do so because my people have committed a double wrong: they have rejected me, the fountain of life-giving water, 1 and they have dug cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns which cannot even hold water.”
No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down 1 of my own free will. 2 I have the authority 3 to lay it down, and I have the authority 4 to take it back again. This commandment 5 I received from my Father.”
Lord, I know you look for faithfulness. 1 But even when you punish these people, they feel no remorse. 2 Even when you nearly destroy them, they refuse to be corrected. They have become as hardheaded as a rock. 3 They refuse to change their ways. 4
This will happen to them because they have done what is shameful 1 in Israel. They have committed adultery with their neighbors’ wives and have spoken lies while claiming my authority. 2 They have spoken words that I did not command them to speak. I know what they have done. I have been a witness to it,’ says the Lord.” 3
Her priests abuse my law and have desecrated my holy things. They do not distinguish between the holy and the profane, 1 or recognize any distinction between the unclean and the clean. They ignore 2 my Sabbaths and I am profaned in their midst.
Then they cried out to the Lord and admitted, 1 ‘We have sinned, for we have forsaken the Lord and have served the Baals and the images of Ashtoreth. 2 Now deliver us from the hand of our enemies so that we may serve you.’ 3
God said to him, “Because you asked for the ability to make wise judicial decisions, and not for long life, or riches, or vengeance on your enemies, 1
The Lord says, “I have rejected them because 1 the people of Judah have done what I consider evil. 2 They have set up their disgusting idols in the temple 3 which I have claimed for my own 4 and have defiled it.
Samaria has not committed half the sins you have; you have done more abominable deeds than they did. 1 You have made your sisters appear righteous with all the abominable things you have done.
For all the nations 1 have fallen 2 from the wine of her immoral passion, 3 and the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have gotten rich from the power of her sensual behavior.” 4