Now what will you gain by traveling along the way to Egypt to drink the waters of the Nile? What will you gain by traveling along the way to Assyria to drink the waters of the Euphrates?
How can you protest: I am not defiled; I have not followed the Baals? Look at your behavior in the valley; acknowledge what you have done. [You are] a swift young camel twisting and turning on her way,
How unstable you are, constantly changing your way! You will be put to shame by Egypt just as you were put to shame by Assyria.
Wash the evil from your heart, Jerusalem, so that you will be delivered. How long will you harbor malicious thoughts within you?
Your adulteries and your [lustful] neighings, your heinous prostitution on the hills, in the fields-- I have seen your detestable acts. Woe to you, Jerusalem! You are unclean-- for how long yet?
Your calf-idol is rejected, Samaria. My anger burns against them. How long will they be incapable of innocence?
In the days of King Josiah the LORD asked me, "Have you seen what unfaithful Israel has done? She has ascended every high hill and gone under every green tree to prostitute herself there.
I observed that it was because unfaithful Israel had committed adultery that I had sent her away and had given her a certificate of divorce. Nevertheless, her treacherous sister Judah was not afraid but also went and prostituted herself.
The LORD announced to me, "Unfaithful Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.
Go, proclaim these words to the north, and say: Return, unfaithful Israel. [This is] the LORD's declaration. I will not look on you with anger, for I am unfailing in My love. [This is] the LORD's declaration. I will not be angry forever.
"Return, you faithless children"-- [this is] the LORD's declaration-- "for I am your master, and I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.
Return, you faithless children. I will heal your unfaithfulness. "Here we are, coming to You, for You are the LORD our God.
Yet they didn't listen or pay attention but walked according to their own advice and according to their own stubborn, evil heart. They went backward and not forward.
You are to say to them: This is what the LORD says: Do [people] fall and not get up again? If they turn away, do they not return?
Why have these people turned away? Why is Jerusalem always turning away? They take hold of deceit; they refuse to return.
I have paid careful attention. They do not speak what is right. No one regrets his evil, asking: What have I done? Everyone has stayed his course like a horse rushing into battle.
Though our guilt testifies against us, LORD, act for Your name's sake. Indeed, our rebellions are many; we have sinned against You.
Why do you brag about your valleys, your flowing valley, you faithless daughter? You who trust in your treasures [and boast]: Who can attack me?
For Israel is as obstinate as a stubborn cow. Can the LORD now shepherd them like a lamb in an open meadow?
My people are bent on turning from Me. Though they call to Him on high, He will not exalt them at all.
I will heal their apostasy; I will freely love them, for My anger will have turned from him.
But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder; they closed their ears so they could not hear.
But if the LORD brings about something unprecedented, and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them along with all that belongs to them so that they go down alive into Sheol, then you will know that these men have despised the LORD."
I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.
Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel.
She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins."
Mary asked the angel, "How can this be, since I have not been intimate with a man?"
The angel replied to her: The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.
But when the completion of the time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law,