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.
3:23 We know our noisy worship of false gods
on the hills and mountains did not help us. 3
We know that the Lord our God
is the only one who can deliver Israel. 4
3:24 From earliest times our worship of that shameful god, Baal,
has taken away 5 all that our ancestors 6 worked for.
It has taken away our flocks and our herds,
and even our sons and daughters.
3:25 Let us acknowledge 7 our shame.
Let us bear the disgrace that we deserve. 8
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
3 tn Heb “Truly in vain from the hills the noise/commotion [and from] the mountains.” The syntax of the Hebrew sentence is very elliptical here.
4 tn Heb “Truly in the
5 tn Heb “From our youth the shameful thing has eaten up…” The shameful thing is specifically identified as Baal in Jer 11:13. Compare also the shift in certain names such as Ishbaal (“man of Baal”) to Ishbosheth (“man of shame”).
6 tn Heb “fathers” (also in v. 25).
7 tn Heb “Let us lie down in….”
8 tn Heb “Let us be covered with disgrace.”