The earth is polluted by its inhabitants,
for they have transgressed teachings,
and broken the everlasting covenant.
The Lord said, “It is because they abandoned My instruction that I set in front of them and did not obey My voice or walk according to it.
You received the law under the direction of angels and yet have not kept it.”
Those who pursue evil plans come near;
they are far from Your instruction.
They did not keep God’s covenant
and refused to live by His law.
But our ancestors acted arrogantly;
they became stiff-necked and did not listen to Your commands.
2 Kings 17:19
Even Judah did not keep the commands of the Lord their God but lived according to the customs Israel had introduced.
We have acted corruptly toward You and have not kept the commands, statutes, and ordinances You gave Your servant Moses.
Our kings, leaders, priests, and ancestors
did not obey Your law
or listen to Your commands
and warnings You gave them.
The Lord says:I will not relent from punishing Judah
for three crimes, even four,
because they have rejected the instruction of the Lord
and have not kept His statutes.
The lies that their ancestors followed
have led them astray.
They have not become humble to this day, and they have not feared or followed My instruction or My statutes that I set before you and your ancestors.
Because you burned incense and sinned against the Lord and didn’t obey the Lord’s voice and didn’t follow His instruction, His statutes, and His testimonies, this disaster has come to you, as you see today.”
This is why the law is ineffective
and justice never emerges.
For the wicked restrict the righteous;
therefore, justice comes out perverted.
But they were disobedient and rebelled against You.
They flung Your law behind their backs
and killed Your prophets
who warned them
in order to turn them back to You.
They committed terrible blasphemies.
It is time for the Lord to act,
for they have violated Your instruction.
My eyes pour out streams of tears
because people do not follow Your instruction.
He answered them, “And why do you break God’s commandment because of your tradition?
2 Kings 17:34
They are still practicing the former customs to this day. None of them fear the Lord or observe their statutes and ordinances, the law and commandments the Lord commanded the descendants of Jacob. He had renamed him Israel.
Anyone who does not keep the law of your God and the law of the king, let a fair judgment be executed against him, whether death, banishment, confiscation of property, or imprisonment.
For whoever keeps the entire law, yet fails in one point, is guilty of breaking it all. For He who said, Do not commit adultery, also said, Do not murder. So if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you are a lawbreaker.
“How can you claim, ‘We are wise;
the law of the Lord is with us’?
In fact, the lying pen of scribes
has produced falsehood.
we have sinned, done wrong, acted wickedly, rebelled, and turned away from Your commands and ordinances.
Put the horn to your mouth!
One like an eagle comes
against the house of the Lord,
because they transgress My covenant
and rebel against My law.
since John had been telling him, “It’s not lawful for you to have her!”
Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! You are sitting there judging me according to the law, and in violation of the law are you ordering me to be struck?”
But if you show favoritism, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
For He who said, Do not commit adultery, also said, Do not murder. So if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you are a lawbreaker.
Or haven’t you read in the Law that on Sabbath days the priests in the temple violate the Sabbath and are innocent?
“This man,” they said, “persuades people to worship God contrary to the law!”