2:22 You can try to wash away your guilt with a strong detergent.
You can use as much soap as you want.
But the stain of your guilt is still there for me to see,” 1
says the Lord God. 2
2:23 “How can you say, ‘I have not made myself unclean.
I have not paid allegiance to 3 the gods called Baal.’
Just look at the way you have behaved in the Valley of Hinnom! 4
Think about the things you have done there!
You are like a flighty, young female camel
that rushes here and there, crisscrossing its path. 5
1 tn Heb “Even if you wash with natron/lye, and use much soap, your sin is a stain before me.”
4 tn Heb “Look at your way in the valley.” The valley is an obvious reference to the Valley of Hinnom where Baal and Molech were worshiped and child sacrifice was practiced.
5 sn The metaphor is intended to depict Israel’s lack of clear direction and purpose without the