2:22 You can try to wash away your guilt with a strong detergent.
You can use as much soap as you want.
But the stain of your guilt is still there for me to see,” 1
says the Lord God. 2
2:23 “How can you say, ‘I have not made myself unclean.
I have not paid allegiance to 3 the gods called Baal.’
Just look at the way you have behaved in the Valley of Hinnom! 4
Think about the things you have done there!
You are like a flighty, young female camel
that rushes here and there, crisscrossing its path. 5
2:24 You are like a wild female donkey brought up in the wilderness.
In her lust she sniffs the wind to get the scent of a male. 6
No one can hold her back when she is in heat.
None of the males need wear themselves out chasing after her.
At mating time she is easy to find. 7
2:35 you say, ‘I have not done anything wrong,
so the Lord cannot really be angry with me any more.’
But, watch out! 8 I will bring down judgment on you
because you say, ‘I have not committed any sin.’
1 tn Heb “Even if you wash with natron/lye, and use much soap, your sin is a stain before me.”
4 tn Heb “Look at your way in the valley.” The valley is an obvious reference to the Valley of Hinnom where Baal and Molech were worshiped and child sacrifice was practiced.
5 sn The metaphor is intended to depict Israel’s lack of clear direction and purpose without the
6 tn The words “to get the scent of a male” are implicit and are supplied in the translation for clarification.
7 sn The metaphor is intended to depict Israel’s irrepressible desire to worship other gods.