24:13 You mix uncleanness with obscene conduct. 2
I tried to cleanse you, 3 but you are not clean.
You will not be cleansed from your uncleanness 4
until I have exhausted my anger on you.
1 sn The ultimate purpose of divine judgment is to purify the covenant community of its sins.
2 tn Heb “in your uncleanness (is) obscene conduct.”
3 tn Heb “because I cleansed you.” In this context (see especially the very next statement), the statement must refer to divine intention and purpose. Despite God’s efforts to cleanse his people, they resisted him and remained morally impure.
4 tn The Hebrew text adds the word “again.”
5 sn The Lord here uses a metaphor from the realm of ritual purification. For the use of water in ritual cleansing, see Exod 30:19-20; Lev 14:51; Num 19:18; Heb 10:22.