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Jeremiah 2:25

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2:25 Do not chase after other gods until your shoes wear out

and your throats become dry. 1 

But you say, ‘It is useless for you to try and stop me

because I love those foreign gods 2  and want to pursue them!’

Jeremiah 3:13

Context

3:13 However, you must confess that you have done wrong, 3 

and that you have rebelled against the Lord your God.

You must confess 4  that you have given yourself to 5  foreign gods under every green tree,

and have not obeyed my commands,’ says the Lord.

1 tn Heb “Refrain your feet from being bare and your throat from being dry/thirsty.”

2 tn Heb “It is useless! No!” For this idiom, see Jer 18:12; NEB “No; I am desperate.”

3 tn Heb “Only acknowledge your iniquity.”

4 tn The words “You must confess” are repeated to convey the connection. The Hebrew text has an introductory “that” in front of the second line and a coordinative “and” in front of the next two lines.

5 tc MT reads דְּרָכַיִךְ (dÿrakhayikh, “your ways”), but the BHS editors suggest דּוֹדַיִךְ (dodayikh, “your breasts”) as an example of orthographic confusion. While the proposal makes sense, it remains a conjectural emendation since it is not supported by any actual manuscripts or ancient versions.

tn Heb “scattered your ways with foreign [gods]” or “spread out your breasts to strangers.”



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