2:26 Just as a thief has to suffer dishonor when he is caught,
So will their kings and officials,
their priests and their prophets.
They say to a stone image, ‘You gave birth to me.’ 4
Yes, they have turned away from me instead of turning to me. 5
Yet when they are in trouble, they say, ‘Come and save us!’
2:37 Moreover, you will come away from Egypt
with your hands covering your faces in sorrow and shame 6
because the Lord will not allow your reliance on them to be successful
and you will not gain any help from them. 7
1 tn Heb “house of Israel.”
2 tn The words “for what they have done” are implicit in the comparison and are supplied in the translation for clarification.
3 tn Heb “wood…stone…”
4 sn The reference to wood and stone is, of course, a pejorative reference to idols made by human hands. See the next verse where reference is made to “the gods you have made.”
5 tn Heb “they have turned [their] backs to me, not [their] faces.”
7 tn Heb “The