1 Thus said Hashem: Where is the bill of divorce Of your mother whom I dismissed? And which of My creditors was it To whom I sold you off? You were only sold off for your sins, And your mother dismissed for your crimes.
KOH a-MAR a-do-NAI AY ZEH SAY-fer k’-ree-TUT i-m’-KHEM a-SHER shi-lakh-TEE-ha O MEE mi-no-SHAI a-sher ma-KHAR-tee et-KHEM LO HAYN ba-a-vo-no-tay-KHEM nim-kar-TEM uv-fish-ay-KHEM shu-l’-KHAH i-m’-KHEM
א כֹּה אָמַר יְהֹוָה אֵי זֶה סֵפֶר כְּרִיתוּת אִמְּכֶם אֲשֶׁר שִׁלַּחְתִּיהָ אוֹ מִי מִנּוֹשַׁי אֲשֶׁר־מָכַרְתִּי אֶתְכֶם לוֹ הֵן בַּעֲוׂנֹתֵיכֶם נִמְכַּרְתֶּם וּבְפִשְׁעֵיכֶם שֻׁלְּחָה אִמְּכֶם׃
50:1 Where is the bill of divorce of your mother whom I dismissed?
The prophets traditionally compare the relationship between Hashem and the Jewish people to that of a marriage, and to that of a parent and child. Having been exiled, Israel has good reason to fear that they have been divorced from God, or sold (see Psalms 44:13). However, Hashem assures His people that he has not written them a bill of divorce, nor has He sold them for any price. Despite everything, the People of Israel are still Hashem’s children and the objects of His affection. The bond between God and Israel is eternal, and their claim to Eretz Yisrael, which He gave them, will never be uprooted.