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Jeremiah 9:2

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9:2 (9:1) I wish I had a lodging place in the desert

where I could spend some time like a weary traveler. 1 

Then I would desert my people

and walk away from them

because they are all unfaithful to God,

a congregation 2  of people that has been disloyal to him. 3 

Jeremiah 13:7

Context
13:7 So I went to Perath and dug up 4  the shorts from the place where I had buried them. I found 5  that they were ruined; they were good for nothing.

Jeremiah 14:7

Context

14:7 Then I said, 6 

“O Lord, intervene for the honor of your name 7 

even though our sins speak out against us. 8 

Indeed, 9  we have turned away from you many times.

We have sinned against you.

1 tn Heb “I wish I had in the desert a lodging place [inn, or place to spend the night] for travelers.”

2 tn Or “bunch,” but this loses the irony; the word is used for the solemn assemblies at the religious feasts.

3 tn Heb “they are all adulterers, a congregation of unfaithful people.” However, spiritual adultery is, of course, meant, not literal adultery. So the literal translation would be misleading.

4 tn Heb “dug and took.”

5 tn Heb “And behold.”

6 tn The words “Then I said” are not in the text. However, it cannot be a continuation of the Lord’s speech and the people have consistently refused to acknowledge their sin. The fact that the prayer here and in vv. 19-22 are followed by an address from God to Jeremiah regarding prayer (cf. 4:11 and the interchanges there between God and Jeremiah and 15:1) also argues that the speaker is Jeremiah. He is again identifying with his people (cf. 8:18-9:2). Here he takes up the petition part of the lament which often contains elements of confession of sin and statements of trust. In 14:1-6 God portrays to Jeremiah the people’s lamentable plight instead of their describing it to him. Here Jeremiah prays what they should pray. The people are strangely silent throughout.

7 tn Heb “Act for the sake of your name.” The usage of “act” in this absolute, unqualified sense cf. BDB 794 s.v. עָוֹשָׂה Qal.I.r and compare the usage, e.g., in 1 Kgs 8:32 and 39. For the nuance of “for the sake of your name” compare the usage in Isa 48:9 and Ezek 20:9, 14.

8 tn Or “bear witness against us,” or “can be used as evidence against us,” to keep the legal metaphor. Heb “testify against.”

9 tn The Hebrew particle כִּי (ki) can scarcely be causal here; it is either intensive (BDB 472 s.v. כִּי 1.e) or concessive (BDB 473 s.v. כִּי 2.c). The parallel usage in Gen 18:20 argues for the intensive force as does the fact that the concessive has already been expressed by אִם (’im).



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