16:10 “When you tell these people about all this, 1 they will undoubtedly ask you, ‘Why has the Lord threatened us with such great disaster? What wrong have we done? What sin have we done to offend the Lord our God?’ 16:11 Then tell them that the Lord says, 2 ‘It is because your ancestors 3 rejected me and paid allegiance to 4 other gods. They have served them and worshiped them. But they have rejected me and not obeyed my law. 5 16:12 And you have acted even more wickedly than your ancestors! Each one of you has followed the stubborn inclinations of your own wicked heart and not obeyed me. 6
1 tn Heb “all these words/things.”
sn The actions of the prophet would undoubtedly elicit questions about his behavior and he would have occasion to explain the reason.
2 tn These two sentences have been recast in English to break up a long Hebrew sentence and incorporate the oracular formula “says the
5 tn Heb “But me they have abandoned and my law they have not kept.” The objects are thrown forward to bring out the contrast which has rhetorical force. However, such a sentence in English would be highly unnatural.