"Can The Leopard Change His Spots?"
Context: Jeremiah, sanctified by God before his conception, declares the approaching demolition of Jerusalem by a northern enemy and pleads that the inhabitants of Jerusalem cease their wicked ways and return to God. Jeremiah addresses Jerusalem, which is personified as a shepherdess whose sheep are being scattered by those from the north, whose friends have forsaken her, whose nakedness is exposed for punishment for her lewd-ness, and whose evil habits have become a part of her even as the darkness of his skin is part of the Ethiopian or his spots a part of the leopard. The messenger of the Lord says to the woman of the fields, the keeper of flocks:
Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.Therefore will I scatter them as the stubble that passeth away by the wind of the wilderness.This is thy lot, the portion of thy measures from me, saith the LORD; because thou hast forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood.Therefore will I discover thy skirts upon thy face, that thy shame may appear.I have seen thine adulteries, and thy neighings, the lewdness of thy whoredom, and thine abominations on the hills in the fields. Woe unto thee, O Jerusalem! wilt thou not be made clean? when shall it once be?