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Jeremiah 2:18

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2:18 What good will it do you 1  then 2  to go down to Egypt

to seek help from the Egyptians? 3 

What good will it do you 4  to go over to Assyria

to seek help from the Assyrians? 5 

1 tn Heb “What to you to the way.”

2 tn The introductory particle וְעַתָּה (vÿattah, “and now”) carries a logical, not temporal, connotation here (cf. BDB 274 s.v. עַתָּה 2.b).

3 tn Heb “to drink water from the Shihor [a branch of the Nile].” The reference is to seeking help through political alliance with Egypt as opposed to trusting in God for help. This is an extension of the figure in 2:13.

4 tn Heb “What to you to the way.”

5 tn Heb “to drink water from the River [a common designation in biblical Hebrew for the Euphrates River].” This refers to seeking help through political alliance. See the preceding note.



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