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Jeremiah 3:24-25


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

has taken away 1  all that our ancestors 2  worked for.

It has taken away our flocks and our herds,

and even our sons and daughters.

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.’

Jeremiah 22:21


22:21 While you were feeling secure I gave you warning. 5 

But you said, “I refuse to listen to you.”

That is the way you have acted from your earliest history onward. 6 

Indeed, you have never paid attention to me.

1 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”).

2 tn Heb “fathers” (also in v. 25).

3 tn Heb “Let us lie down in….”

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

5 tn Heb “I spoke to you in your security.” The reference is to the sending of the prophets. Compare this context with the context of 7:25. For the nuance “security” for this noun (שַׁלְוָה, shalvah) rather than “prosperity” as many translate see Pss 122:7; 30:6 and the related adjective (שָׁלֵו, shalev) in Jer 49:31; Job 16:2; 21:23.

6 tn Heb “from your youth.” Compare the usage in 2:2; 3:24 and compare a similar idea in 7:25.

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