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Jeremiah 2:26-27


2:26 Just as a thief has to suffer dishonor when he is caught,

so the people of Israel 1  will suffer dishonor for what they have done. 2 

So will their kings and officials,

their priests and their prophets.

2:27 They say to a wooden idol, 3  ‘You are my father.’

They say to a stone image, ‘You gave birth to me.’ 4 

Yes, they have turned away from me instead of turning to me. 5 

Yet when they are in trouble, they say, ‘Come and save us!’

1 tn Heb “house of Israel.”

2 tn The words “for what they have done” are implicit in the comparison and are supplied in the translation for clarification.

3 tn Heb “wood…stone…”

4 sn The reference to wood and stone is, of course, a pejorative reference to idols made by human hands. See the next verse where reference is made to “the gods you have made.”

5 tn Heb “they have turned [their] backs to me, not [their] faces.”

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