So in this way Jacob’s sin will be forgiven, 1 and this is how they will show they are finished sinning: 2 They will make all the stones of the altars 3 like crushed limestone, and the Asherah poles and the incense altars will no longer stand. 4
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
However, you must confess that you have done wrong, 1 and that you have rebelled against the Lord your God. You must confess 2 that you have given yourself to 3 foreign gods under every green tree, and have not obeyed my commands,’ says the Lord.
Then you will know that I am the Lord – when their dead lie among their idols around their altars, on every high hill and all the mountaintops, under every green tree and every leafy oak, 1 the places where they have offered fragrant incense to all their idols.
I brought them to the land which I swore 1 to give them, but whenever they saw any high hill or leafy tree, they offered their sacrifices there and presented the offerings that provoke me to anger. They offered their soothing aroma there and poured out their drink offerings.
All her carved idols will be smashed to pieces; all her metal cult statues will be destroyed by fire. 1 I will make a waste heap 2 of all her images. Since 3 she gathered the metal 4 as a prostitute collects her wages, the idols will become a prostitute’s wages again.” 5