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Jeremiah 3:6

Context

3:6 When Josiah was king of Judah, the Lord said to me, “Jeremiah, you have no doubt seen what wayward Israel has done. 1  You have seen how she went up to every high hill and under every green tree to give herself like a prostitute to other gods. 2 

Jeremiah 3:23

Context

3:23 We know our noisy worship of false gods

on the hills and mountains did not help us. 3 

We know that the Lord our God

is the only one who can deliver Israel. 4 

1 tn “Have you seen…” The question is rhetorical and expects a positive answer.

2 tn Heb “she played the prostitute there.” This is a metaphor for Israel’s worship; she gave herself to the worship of other gods like a prostitute gives herself to her lovers. There seems no clear way to completely spell out the metaphor in the translation.

3 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.

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



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