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Jeremiah 2:20

Context
The Lord Expresses His Exasperation at Judah’s Persistent Idolatry

2:20 “Indeed, 1  long ago you threw off my authority

and refused to be subject to me. 2 

You said, ‘I will not serve you.’ 3 

Instead, you gave yourself to other gods on every high hill

and under every green tree,

like a prostitute sprawls out before her lovers. 4 

Jeremiah 3:2

Context

3:2 “Look up at the hilltops and consider this. 5 

You have had sex with other gods on every one of them. 6 

You waited for those gods like a thief lying in wait in the desert. 7 

You defiled the land by your wicked prostitution to other gods. 8 

1 tn Or “For.” The Hebrew particle (כִּי, ki) here introduces the evidence that they had no respect for him.

2 tn Heb “you broke your yoke…tore off your yoke ropes.” The metaphor is that of a recalcitrant ox or heifer which has broken free from its master.

3 tc The MT of this verse has two examples of the old second feminine singular perfect, שָׁבַרְתִּי (shavarti) and נִתַּקְתִּי (nittaqti), which the Masoretes mistook for first singulars leading to the proposal to read אֶעֱבוֹר (’eevor, “I will not transgress”) for אֶעֱבֹד (’eevod, “I will not serve”). The latter understanding of the forms is accepted in KJV but rejected by almost all modern English versions as being less appropriate to the context than the reading accepted in the translation given here.

4 tn Heb “you sprawled as a prostitute on….” The translation reflects the meaning of the metaphor.

5 tn Heb “and see.”

6 tn Heb “Where have you not been ravished?” The rhetorical question expects the answer “nowhere,” which suggests she has engaged in the worship of pagan gods on every one of the hilltops.

7 tn Heb “You sat for them [the lovers, i.e., the foreign gods] beside the road like an Arab in the desert.”

8 tn Heb “by your prostitution and your wickedness.” This is probably an example of hendiadys where, when two nouns are joined by “and,” one expresses the main idea and the other qualifies it.



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