But you have been thrown out of your grave like a shoot that is thrown away. 1 You lie among 2 the slain, among those who have been slashed by the sword, among those headed for 3 the stones of the pit, 4 as if you were a mangled corpse. 5
1 Your dead will come back to life; your corpses will rise up. Wake up and shout joyfully, you who live in the ground! 2 For you will grow like plants drenched with the morning dew, 3 and the earth will bring forth its dead spirits. 4
So in this way Jacob’s sin will be forgiven, 1 and this is how they will show they are finished sinning: 2 They will make all the stones of the altars 3 like crushed limestone, and the Asherah poles and the incense altars will no longer stand. 4
So the Lord’s word to them will sound like meaningless gibberish, senseless babbling, a syllable here, a syllable there. 1 As a result, they will fall on their backsides when they try to walk, 2 and be injured, ensnared, and captured. 3
You will fall; while lying on the ground 1 you will speak; from the dust where you lie, your words will be heard. 2 Your voice will sound like a spirit speaking from the underworld; 3 from the dust you will chirp as if muttering an incantation. 4
It shatters in pieces like a clay jar, so shattered to bits that none of it can be salvaged. 1 Among its fragments one cannot find a shard large enough 2 to scoop a hot coal from a fire 3 or to skim off water from a cistern.” 4
A carpenter takes measurements; 1 he marks out an outline of its form; 2 he scrapes 3 it with chisels, and marks it with a compass. He patterns it after the human form, 4 like a well-built human being, and puts it in a shrine. 5
One who argues with his creator is in grave danger, 1 one who is like a mere 2 shard among the other shards on the ground! The clay should not say to the potter, 3 “What in the world 4 are you doing? Your work lacks skill!” 5
“As far as I am concerned, this is like in Noah’s time, 1 when I vowed that the waters of Noah’s flood 2 would never again cover the earth. In the same way I have vowed that I will not be angry at you or shout at you.
They seek me day after day; they want to know my requirements, 1 like a nation that does what is right and does not reject the law of their God. They ask me for just decrees; they want to be near God.
Is this really the kind of fasting I want? 1 Do I want a day when people merely humble themselves, 2 bowing their heads like a reed and stretching out 3 on sackcloth and ashes? Is this really what you call a fast, a day that is pleasing to the Lord?
“As for those who consecrate and ritually purify themselves so they can follow their leader and worship in the sacred orchards, 1 those who eat the flesh of pigs and other disgusting creatures, like mice 2 – they will all be destroyed together,” 3 says the Lord.
“Go and declare in the hearing of the people of Jerusalem: 1 ‘This is what the Lord says: “I have fond memories of you, 2 how devoted you were to me in your early years. 3 I remember how you loved me like a new bride; you followed me through the wilderness, through a land that had never been planted.
“Indeed, 1 long ago you threw off my authority and refused to be subject to me. 2 You said, ‘I will not serve you.’ 3 Instead, you gave yourself to other gods on every high hill and under every green tree, like a prostitute sprawls out before her lovers. 4
“How can you say, ‘I have not made myself unclean. I have not paid allegiance to 1 the gods called Baal.’ Just look at the way you have behaved in the Valley of Hinnom! 2 Think about the things you have done there! You are like a flighty, young female camel that rushes here and there, crisscrossing its path. 3
You are like a wild female donkey brought up in the wilderness. In her lust she sniffs the wind to get the scent of a male. 1 No one can hold her back when she is in heat. None of the males need wear themselves out chasing after her. At mating time she is easy to find. 2
“Look up at the hilltops and consider this. 1 You have had sex with other gods on every one of them. 2 You waited for those gods like a thief lying in wait in the desert. 3 You defiled the land by your wicked prostitution to other gods. 4
When Josiah was king of Judah, the Lord said to me, “Jeremiah, you have no doubt seen what wayward Israel has done. 1 You have seen how she went up to every high hill and under every green tree to give herself like a prostitute to other gods. 2
She also saw 1 that I gave wayward Israel her divorce papers and sent her away because of her adulterous worship of other gods. 2 Even after her unfaithful sister Judah had seen this, 3 she still was not afraid, and she too went and gave herself like a prostitute to other gods. 4
“I thought to myself, 1 ‘Oh what a joy it would be for me to treat you like a son! 2 What a joy it would be for me to give 3 you a pleasant land, the most beautiful piece of property there is in all the world!’ 4 I thought you would call me, ‘Father’ 5 and would never cease being loyal to me. 6