Jeremiah 3:6 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges
6. backsliding Israel ] lit. Israel “(which is) apostasy (itself).” The play on the two senses of the Hebrew verb to turn back from Yahweh, and to turn back (or return) from false gods to Him, which runs through all this passage (as far as Jer 4:1) is lost by the rendering “backsliding.” See Dr. p. 340.
hath done ] rather did (and so for the following verbs, went up … there played). Samaria had fallen, c. b.c. 722.
6 18. Dr. (with Co. and others) points out that here the word “Israel” is used in its restricted sense for the ten tribes, whereas in Jer 2:1 to Jer 3:5 it meant the people as a whole, and he infers that the passage, though (apart from certain insertions) genuine and of the age of Josiah, has been inserted from some other context, so that Jer 3:19 should follow immediately on Jer 3:5. Jeremiah’s general reasoning here is: Israel, though guilty, is less so than Judah, who, in defiance of the warning afforded by her sister’s exile, has since plunged deeper into sin. If then Judah may still avert overthrow by repentance and amendment, how much more Israel?
We may subdivide thus.
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