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Jeremiah 3:22

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3:22 Come back to me, you wayward people.

I want to cure your waywardness. 1 

Say, 2  ‘Here we are. We come to you

because you are the Lord our God.

Jeremiah 3:25

Context

3:25 Let us acknowledge 3  our shame.

Let us bear the disgrace that we deserve. 4 

For we have sinned against the Lord our God,

both we and our ancestors.

From earliest times to this very day

we have not obeyed the Lord our God.’

1 tn Or “I will forgive your apostasies.” Heb “I will [or want to] heal your apostasies.” For the use of the verb “heal” (רָפָא, rafa’) to refer to spiritual healing and forgiveness see Hos 14:4.

2 tn Or “They say.” There is an obvious ellipsis of a verb of saying here since the preceding words are those of the Lord and the following are those of the people. However, there is debate about whether these are the response of the people to the Lord’s invitation, a response which is said to be inadequate according to the continuation in 4:1-4, or whether these are the Lord’s model for Israel’s confession of repentance to which he adds further instructions about the proper heart attitude that should accompany it in 4:1-4. The former implies a dialogue with an unmarked twofold shift in speaker between 3:22b-25 and 4:1-4:4 while the latter assumes the same main speaker throughout with an unmarked instruction only in 3:22b-25. This disrupts the flow of the passage less and appears more likely.

3 tn Heb “Let us lie down in….”

4 tn Heb “Let us be covered with disgrace.”



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