Be appalled at this, you heavens, And shudder, be very desolate,' declares the LORD.
'For My people have committed two evils: They have abandoned Me, The fountain of living waters, To carve out for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns That do not hold water.
'Is Israel a slave? Or is he a servant born in the home? Why has he become plunder?
The young lions have roared at him, They have roared loudly. And they have made his land a waste; His cities have been destroyed, without inhabitant.
Also the men of Memphis and Tahpanhes Have shaved your head.
Have you not done this to yourself By your abandoning the LORD your God When He led you in the way?
But now what are you doing on the road to Egypt, Except
to drink the waters of the Nile? Or what are you doing on the road to Assyria, Except
to drink the waters of the Euphrates
Your own wickedness will correct you, And your apostasies will punish you; Know therefore and see that it is evil and bitter For you to abandon the LORD your God, And the fear of Me is not in you,' declares the Lord GOD of armies.
'For long ago I broke your yoke And
tore off your restraints; But you said, ‘I will not serve!’ For on every high hill And under every leafy tree You have lain down as a prostitute.
Yet I planted you as a choice vine, A completely faithful seed. How then have you turned yourself before Me Into the degenerate shoots of a foreign vine?
Although you wash yourself with lye And use much soap, The stain of your guilt is before Me,' declares the Lord GOD.