NASB — Jeremiah 3 — KJV

The Polluted Land

  1 [God] Isays, “aIf a husband divorces his wife
  And she goes from him
  And belongs to another man,
  Will he still return to her?
  Will not that land be completely IIpolluted?
  But you bare a harlot [with] many IIIlovers;
  Yet you cturn to Me,” declares the LORD.
  2 “Lift up your eyes to the abare heights and see;
  Where have you not been violated?
  By the roads you have bsat for them
  Like an Arab in the desert,
  And you have cpolluted a land
  With your harlotry and with your wickedness.
  3 “Therefore the ashowers have been withheld,
  And there has been no spring rain.
  Yet you had a bharlot’s forehead;
  You refused to be ashamed.
  4 “Have you not just now called to Me,
  ‘aMy Father, You are the Ibfriend of my cyouth?
  5aWill He be angry forever?
  Will He Ibe indignant to the end?’
  Behold, you have spoken
  And have done evil things,
  And you have IIhad your way.”

[1] ILit saying IIOr alienated IIILit companions aDt 24:1-4 bJr 2:20; Ezk 16:26, 28, 29 cJr 4:1; Zc 1:3
[2] aDt 12:2; Jr 2:20; 3:21; 7:29 bGn 38:14; Ezk 16:25 cJr 2:7
[3] aLv 26:19; Jr 14:3-6 bJr 6:15; 8:12
[4] ILit leader aJr 3:19; 31:9 bPs 71:17; Pv 2:17 cJr 2:2; Ho 2:15
[5] ILit keep it IILit been able aPs 103:9; Is 57:16; Jr 3:12

Faithless Israel

6 ¶ Then the LORD said to me in the days of Josiah the king, “Have you seen what faithless Israel did? She awent up on every high hill and under every green tree, and she was a harlot there. 7 aI Ithought, ‘After she has done all these things she will return to Me’; but she did not return, and her btreacherous sister Judah saw it. 8 And I saw that for all the adulteries of faithless Israel, I had sent her away and agiven her a writ of divorce, yet her btreacherous sister Judah did not fear; but she went and was a harlot also. 9 Because of the lightness of her harlotry, she apolluted the land and committed adultery with bstones and trees. 10 Yet in spite of all this her treacherous sister Judah did not return to Me with all her heart, but rather in adeception,” declares the LORD.

[6] aJr 17:2; Ezk 23:4-10
[7] ILit said a2K 17:13 bJr 3:11; Ezk 16:47
[8] aDt 24:1, 3; Is 50:1 bEzk 16:46, 47; 23:11
[9] aJr 2:7; 3:2 bIs 57:6; Jr 2:27; 10:8
[10] aJr 12:2; Ho 7:14

God Invites Repentance

11 ¶ And the LORD said to me, “aFaithless Israel has proved herself more righteous than treacherous Judah. 12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north and say,
  ‘aReturn, faithless Israel,’ declares the LORD;
  ‘bI will not Ilook upon you in anger.
  For I am cgracious,’ declares the LORD;
  ‘I will not be angry forever.
  13 ‘Only Iaacknowledge your iniquity,
  That you have transgressed against the LORD your God
  And have bscattered your IIfavors to the strangers cunder every green tree,
  And you have not obeyed My voice,’ declares the LORD.
  14 ‘Return, O faithless sons,’ declares the LORD;
  ‘For I am a amaster to you,
  And I will take you one from a city and two from a family,
  And bI will bring you to Zion.’

[11] aEzk 16:51, 52; 23:11
[12] ILit cause My countenance to fall aJr 3:14, 22; Ezk 33:11 bJr 3:5 cPs 86:15; Jr 12:15; 31:20; 33:26
[13] ILit know IILit ways aDt 30:1-3; Jr 3:25; 14:20; 1 Jn 1:9 bJr 2:20, 25; 3:2, 6 cDt 12:2
[14] aJr 31:32; Ho 2:19 bJr 31:6, 12

15 ¶ “Then I will give you ashepherds after My own heart, who will bfeed you on knowledge and understanding. 16 It shall be in those days when you are multiplied and increased in the land,” declares the LORD, “they will ano longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the LORD.’ And it will not come to mind, nor will they remember it, nor will they miss [it], nor will it be made again. 17 At that time they will call Jerusalem ‘The aThrone of the LORD,’ and ball the nations will be gathered to it, to Jerusalem, for the cname of the LORD; nor will they dwalk anymore after the stubbornness of their evil heart. 18 aIn those days the house of Judah will walk with the house of Israel, and they will come together bfrom the land of the north to the cland that I gave your fathers as an inheritance.

[15] aJr 23:4; 31:10; Ezk 34:23; Ep 4:11 bAc 20:28
[16] aIs 65:17
[17] aJr 17:12; Ezk 43:7 bJr 3:19; 4:2; 12:15, 16; 16:19 cIs 60:9 dJr 11:8
[18] aIs 11:13; Jr 50:4, 5; Ho 1:11 bJr 16:15; 31:8 cAm 9:15

19 ¶ “Then I said,
  ‘How I would set you among IMy sons
  And give you a pleasant land,
  The most abeautiful inheritance of the nations!’
  And I said, ‘You shall call Me, bMy Father,
  And not turn away from following Me.’
  20 “Surely, as a woman treacherously departs from her Ilover,
  So you have adealt treacherously with Me,
  O house of Israel,” declares the LORD.

[19] ILit the aPs 16:6 bIs 63:16; Jr 3:4
[20] IOr companion aIs 48:8

  21 ¶ A voice is heard on the abare heights,
  The weeping [and] the supplications of the sons of Israel;
  Because they have perverted their way,
  They have bforgotten the LORD their God.
  22 “Return, O faithless sons,
  aI will heal your faithlessness.”
  “Behold, we come to You;
  For You are the LORD our God.
  23 “Surely, athe hills are a deception,
  A tumult [on] the mountains.
  Surely in the bLORD our God
  Is the salvation of Israel.

[21] aIs 15:2; Jr 3:2; 7:29 bIs 17:10; Jr 2:32; 13:25
[22] aJr 30:17; 33:6; Ho 6:1; 14:4
[23] aJr 17:2 bPs 3:8; Jr 17:14; 31:7

24 ¶ “But athe shameful thing has consumed the labor of our fathers since our youth, their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters. 25 Let us lie down in our ashame, and let our humiliation cover us; for we have sinned against the LORD our God, we and our fathers, bfrom our youth even to this day. And we have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God.”

[24] aHo 9:10
[25] aEzr 9:6, 7 bJr 22:21


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God's great mercy in Judah's vile whoredom.

1 ¶ They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, shall he return unto 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. 2 Lift up thine eyes unto the high places, and see where thou hast not been lien with. In the ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness. 3 Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore's forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed. 4 Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou [art] the guide of my youth? 5 Will he reserve [his anger] for ever? will he keep [it] to the end? Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou couldest.

[1] Lv 18:24; Dt 4:29; 22:21; 24:1; Jg 19:2; Is 24:5; 55:6; Jr 2:7, 20, 23; 3:9, 12, 22; 4:1, 14; 8:4; Ezk 16:26, 28; 23:4; 33:11; Ho 1:2; 2:5; 14:1; Mi 2:10; Zc 1:3; Lk 15:16.
[2] Gn 38:14; Dt 12:2; 1K 11:3; 2K 23:13; Pv 7:11; 23:28; Jr 2:7, 20, 23; 3:1, 9; Ezk 8:4; 16:16, 24; 20:28; Lk 16:23.
[3] Lv 26:19; Dt 28:23; Ne 9:17; Is 5:6; Jr 5:3, 24; 6:15; 8:12; 9:12; 14:4, 22; 44:16; Ezk 3:7; 16:30; Jol 1:16; Am 4:7; Zp 3:5; Hg 1:11; Zc 7:11; He 12:25.
[4] Ps 48:14; 71:5, 17; 119:9; Pv 1:4; 2:17; Jr 2:2, 27; 3:19; 31:9, 18; Ho 2:15; 14:1; Mal 2:14.
[5] Ps 77:7; 85:5; 103:8; Is 57:16; 64:9; Jr 3:12; Ezk 22:6; Mi 2:1; 7:3; Zp 3:1.

Judah is worse than Israel.

6 ¶ The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen [that] which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot. 7 And I said after she had done all these [things], Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw [it]. 8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby 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. 9 And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks. 10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the LORD. 11 And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.

[6] 1K 14:23; 2K 17:7; Is 57:7; Jr 2:19, 20; 3:1, 8, 11; 7:24; Ezk 16:24, 31; 20:28; 23:11.
[7] 2K 17:13; 2Ch 30:6; Jr 3:8; Ezk 16:46; 23:2; Ho 6:1; 14:1.
[8] Dt 24:1; 2K 17:6, 19; 18:9; Is 50:1; Jr 3:1; Ezk 23:9, 11; Ho 2:2; 3:4; 4:15; 9:15.
[9] Is 57:6; Jr 2:7, 27; 3:2; 10:8; Ezk 16:17; 23:10; Ho 4:12; Hab 2:19.
[10] 2Ch 34:33; 35:1; Ps 18:44; 66:3; 78:36; Is 10:6; Ho 7:14.
[11] Jr 3:8, 22; Ezk 16:47, 51; 23:11; Ho 4:16; 11:7.

The promises of the Gospel to the penitent.

12 ¶ Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; [and] I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I [am] merciful, saith the LORD, [and] I will not keep [anger] for ever. 13 Only acknowledge thine 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. 14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: 15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. 16 And it shall come to pass, when ye 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. 17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart. 18 In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers. 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.

[12] Dt 4:29; 2K 15:29; 17:6, 23; 18:1; 2Ch 30:9; Ps 79:5; 86:5, 15; 103:8, 17; 145:8; Is 44:22; Jr 3:1, 5, 7, 18, 22; 4:1; 23:8; 30:11; 31:8, 20; 33:26; Ezk 33:11; 39:25; Ho 6:1; 11:8; 14:1; Mi 7:18; Ro 5:20.
[13] Lv 26:40; Dt 12:2; 30:1; Jb 33:27; Pv 28:13; Jr 2:20, 25; 3:2, 6, 25; 31:18; Ezk 16:15, 24; Lk 15:18; 1Jn 1:8.
[14] Is 1:9; 6:13; 10:22; 11:11; 17:6; 24:13; 54:5; Jr 2:2, 19; 3:1, 8; 23:3; 31:8, 32; Ezk 34:11; Ho 2:19; Zc 13:7; Ro 9:27; 11:4.
[15] 1S 13:14; Pv 10:21; Is 30:20; Jr 23:4; Ezk 34:23; 37:24; Mi 5:4; Lk 12:42; Jn 10:1; 21:15, 17; Ac 20:28; 1Co 2:6, 12; 3:1; Ep 4:11; He 5:12; 1P 2:2; 5:1, 2.
[16] Is 60:22; 61:4; 65:17; 66:1; Jr 7:4; 30:19; 31:8, 27; Ezk 36:8; 37:26; Ho 1:10; Am 9:9, 14; Zp 3:11; Zc 8:4; 10:7; Mt 1:11; 3:9; Jn 4:20; He 9:9; 10:8, 19.
[17] Gn 8:21; Nu 15:39; Dt 29:29; Jg 2:19; Ps 78:8; 87:3; Is 2:2; 6:1; 26:8; 49:18; 56:6; 59:19; 60:3; 66:1, 20; Jr 7:24; 9:14; 11:8; 14:21; 16:12; 17:12; 18:12; 31:23; Ezk 1:26; 43:7; Mi 4:1; Zc 2:11; 8:20; Ro 1:21; 6:14; 2Co 10:4; Ga 4:26; Ep 4:17.
[18] Is 11:11; Jr 3:12; 23:8; 30:3; 31:8; 50:4, 20; Ezk 37:16; 39:25; Ho 1:11; 11:12; Am 9:15; Zc 10:6.
[19] Ps 106:24; Pv 3:35; Is 63:16; 64:8; Jr 3:4; 5:7; 12:10; 31:9, 20; 32:39; Ezk 20:6; Dn 8:9; 11:16, 41, 45; Ho 11:8; Mt 6:8; Jn 1:11; Ro 8:15; 2Co 6:17; Ga 3:26; 4:5; Ep 1:5; He 10:39; 1P 1:3; 1Jn 3:1.

Israel reproved, and called by God, maketh a solemn confession of their sins.

20 ¶ Surely [as] a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the LORD. 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 God. 22 Return, ye backsliding children, [and] I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou [art] the LORD our God. 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. 24 For shame hath devoured the labour of our fathers from our youth; their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters. 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 unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God.

[20] Is 48:8; Jr 3:1, 8; 5:11; Ezk 16:15; Ho 3:1; 5:7; 6:7; Mal 2:11.
[21] Nu 22:32; Jb 33:27; Pv 10:9; 19:3; Is 15:2; 17:10; Jr 2:32; 30:15; 31:9, 18; 50:4; Ezk 7:16; 23:35; Ho 8:14; 13:6; Mi 3:9; Zc 12:10; 2Co 7:10.
[22] So 1:4; Is 27:8; Jr 31:18; Ho 3:5; 6:1; 13:4; 14:1, 4, 8; Zc 13:9.
[23] Ps 3:8; 37:39; 121:1; Is 12:2; 43:11; 44:9; 45:15, 17, 20; 46:7; 63:1, 16; Jr 3:6; 10:14; 14:8; Ezk 20:28; Ho 1:7; Jna 2:8; Jn 4:22.
[24] Jr 11:13; Ezk 16:61, 63; Ho 2:8; 9:10; 10:6.
[25] Dt 31:17; Jg 2:2; Ezr 9:6, 7; Ne 9:32; Ps 106:7; 109:29; Pv 5:13; Is 48:8; 50:11; Jr 2:2, 17, 19, 26; 6:26; 22:21; Lm 5:7, 16; Ezk 7:18; 36:32; Dn 9:6, 10; 12:2; Ro 6:21.


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