Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast forgotten me, and cast me behind thy back, therefore bear thou also thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.
They take bribes within you to shed blood. You engage in usury and charge interest; you extort money from your neighbors. You have forgotten me, declares the sovereign Lord.
For you ignore the God who rescues you; you pay no attention to your strong protector. So this is what happens: You cultivate beautiful plants and plant exotic vines.
Does a young woman forget to put on her jewels? Does a bride forget to put on her bridal attire? But my people have forgotten me for more days than can even be counted.
"A noise is heard on the hilltops. It is the sound of the people of Israel crying and pleading to their gods. Indeed they have followed sinful ways; they have forgotten to be true to the Lord their God.
This is your fate, the destiny to which I have appointed you, because you have forgotten me and have trusted in false gods.
How long will they go on plotting to make my people forget who I am through the dreams they tell one another? That is just as bad as what their ancestors did when they forgot who I am by worshiping the god Baal.
They have turned away from me instead of turning to me. I tried over and over again to instruct them, but they did not listen and respond to correction.
Israel has forgotten his Maker and built royal palaces, and Judah has built many fortified cities. But I will send fire on their cities; it will consume their royal citadels.
When they were fed, they became satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; as a result, they forgot me!
And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what should not be done.
1 Kings 14:9
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.
"Nonetheless they grew disobedient and rebelled against you; they disregarded your law. They killed your prophets who had solemnly admonished them in order to cause them to return to you. They committed atrocious blasphemies.
But upright men will punish them appropriately for their adultery and bloodshed, because they are adulteresses and blood is on their hands.
My eye will not pity you; I will not spare you. For I will hold you responsible for your behavior, and you will suffer the consequences of your abominable practices. Then you will know that I am the Lord!
"'But the Levites who went far from me, straying off from me after their idols when Israel went astray, will be responsible for their sin.
Moreover, you are to tell the Israelites, 'If any man curses his God he will bear responsibility for his sin,
According to the number of the days you have investigated this land, forty days -- one day for a year -- you will suffer for your iniquities, forty years, and you will know what it means to thwart me.
No longer may the Israelites approach the tent of meeting, or else they will bear their sin and die.