ImmerseBeginnings NLT - Page 333

D e u teronom y
He let them ride over the highlands
and feast on the crops of the fields.
He nourished them with honey from the rock
and olive oil from the stony ground.
He fed them yogurt from the herd
and milk from the flock,
together with the fat of lambs.
He gave them choice rams from Bashan, and goats,
together with the choicest wheat.
You drank the finest wine,
made from the juice of grapes.
“But Israel soon became fat and unruly;
the people grew heavy, plump, and stuffed!
Then they abandoned the God who had made them;
they made light of the Rock of their salvation.
They stirred up his jealousy by worshiping foreign gods;
they provoked his fury with detestable deeds.
They offered sacrifices to demons, which are not God,
to gods they had not known before,
to new gods only recently arrived,
to gods their ancestors had never feared.
You neglected the Rock who had fathered you;
you forgot the God who had given you birth.
“The Lord saw this and drew back,
provoked to anger by his own sons and daughters.
He said, ‘I will abandon them;
then see what becomes of them.
For they are a twisted generation,
children without integrity.
They have roused my jealousy by worshiping things that
are not God;
they have provoked my anger with their useless idols.
Now I will rouse their jealousy through people who are not
even a people;
I will provoke their anger through the foolish Gentiles.
For my anger blazes forth like fire
and burns to the depths of the grave.
It devours the earth and all its crops
and ignites the foundations of the mountains.
I will heap disasters upon them
and shoot them down with my arrows.

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