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Jeremiah 2:22-24

Context

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 

Jeremiah 2:35

Context

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.”

2 tn Heb “Lord Yahweh.” For an explanation of this title see the study notes on 1:6.

3 tn Heb “I have not gone/followed after.” See the translator’s note on 2:5 for the meaning and usage of this idiom.

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 Lord’s control.

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.

8 tn This is an attempt to render the Hebrew particle often translated “behold” (הִנֵּה, hinneh) in a meaningful way in this context. See further the translator’s note on the word “really” in 1:6.



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