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Jeremiah 2:33-35

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2:33 “My, how good you have become

at chasing after your lovers! 1 

Why, you could even teach prostitutes a thing or two! 2 

2:34 Even your clothes are stained with

the lifeblood of the poor who had not done anything wrong;

you did not catch them breaking into your homes. 3 

Yet, in spite of all these things you have done, 4 

2:35 you say, ‘I have not done anything wrong,

so the Lord cannot really be angry with me any more.’

But, watch out! 5  I will bring down judgment on you

because you say, ‘I have not committed any sin.’

1 tn Heb “How good you have made your ways to seek love.”

2 tn Heb “so that even the wicked women you teach your ways.”

3 tn The words “for example” are implicit and are supplied in the translation for clarification. This is only one example of why their death was not legitimate.

sn Killing a thief caught in the act of breaking and entering into a person’s home was pardonable under the law of Moses, cf. Exod 22:2.

4 tn KJV and ASV read this line with 2:34. The ASV makes little sense and the KJV again erroneously reads the archaic second person feminine singular perfect as first person common singular. All the modern English versions and commentaries take this line with 2:35.

5 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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