“Why then has this people, Jerusalem, Turned away in continual apostasy? They hold fast to deceit, They refuse to return.
“Your dwelling is in the midst of deceit; Through deceit they refuse to know Me,” declares the Lord.
O Lord, do not Your eyes look for truth? You have smitten them, But they did not weaken; You have consumed them, But they refused to take correction. They have made their faces harder than rock; They have refused to repent.
Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life.
“But if you refuse and rebel, You will be devoured by the sword.” Truly, the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
Who say to the seers, “You must not see visions”; And to the prophets, “You must not prophesy to us what is right, Speak to us pleasant words, Prophesy illusions.
He feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside. And he cannot deliver himself, nor say, “ Is there not a lie in my right hand?”
“Can a virgin forget her ornaments, Or a bride her attire? Yet My people have forgotten Me Days without number.
And the Lord said to me, “ Faithless Israel has proved herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.
‘Like a cage full of birds, So their houses are full of deceit; Therefore they have become great and rich.
Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward.
Since Israel is stubborn Like a stubborn heifer, Can the Lord now pasture them Like a lamb in a large field?
So My people are bent on turning from Me. Though they call them to the One on high, None at all exalts Him.
But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears from hearing.
and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.
But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;
that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,
See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven.
Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come.