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Jeremiah 3:23-25


3:23 We know our noisy worship of false gods

on the hills and mountains did not help us. 1 

We know that the Lord our God

is the only one who can deliver Israel. 2 

3:24 From earliest times our worship of that shameful god, Baal,

has taken away 3  all that our ancestors 4  worked for.

It has taken away our flocks and our herds,

and even our sons and daughters.

3:25 Let us acknowledge 5  our shame.

Let us bear the disgrace that we deserve. 6 

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 Heb “Truly in vain from the hills the noise/commotion [and from] the mountains.” The syntax of the Hebrew sentence is very elliptical here.

2 tn Heb “Truly in the Lord our God is deliverance for Israel.”

3 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”).

4 tn Heb “fathers” (also in v. 25).

5 tn Heb “Let us lie down in….”

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

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