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Jeremiah 2:36-37

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2:36 Why do you constantly go about

changing your political allegiances? 1 

You will get no help from Egypt

just as you got no help from Assyria. 2 

2:37 Moreover, you will come away from Egypt

with your hands covering your faces in sorrow and shame 3 

because the Lord will not allow your reliance on them to be successful

and you will not gain any help from them. 4 

1 tn Heb “changing your way.” The translation follows the identification of the Hebrew verb here as a defective writing of a form (תֵּזְלִי [tezÿli] instead of תֵּאזְלִי [tezÿli]) from a verb meaning “go/go about” (אָזַל [’azal]; cf. BDB 23 s.v. אָזַל). Most modern English versions, commentaries, and lexicons read it from a root meaning “to treat cheaply [or lightly]” (תָּזֵלִּי [tazelli] from the root זָלַל (zalal); cf. HALOT 261 s.v. זָלַל); hence, “Why do you consider it such a small matter to…”

2 tn Heb “You will be ashamed/disappointed by Egypt, just as you were ashamed/ disappointed by Assyria.”

3 tn Heb “with your hands on your head.” For the picture here see 2 Sam 13:19.

4 tn Heb “The Lord has rejected those you trust in; you will not prosper by/from them.”



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