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Jeremiah 2:23

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2:23 “How can you say, ‘I have not made myself unclean.

I have not paid allegiance to 1  the gods called Baal.’

Just look at the way you have behaved in the Valley of Hinnom! 2 

Think about the things you have done there!

You are like a flighty, young female camel

that rushes here and there, crisscrossing its path. 3 

Jeremiah 2:26

Context

2:26 Just as a thief has to suffer dishonor when he is caught,

so the people of Israel 4  will suffer dishonor for what they have done. 5 

So will their kings and officials,

their priests and their prophets.

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

2 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.

3 sn The metaphor is intended to depict Israel’s lack of clear direction and purpose without the Lord’s control.

4 tn Heb “house of Israel.”

5 tn The words “for what they have done” are implicit in the comparison and are supplied in the translation for clarification.



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