Jeremiah 3:2

2 “Look up to the barren heights and see. Is there any place where you have not been ravished? By the roadside you sat waiting for lovers, sat like a nomad in the desert. You have defiled the land with your prostitution and wickedness.

Jeremiah 3:2 in Other Translations

KJV
2 Lift up thine eyes unto the high places, and see where thou hast not been lien with. In the ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness.
ESV
2 Lift up your eyes to the bare heights, and see! Where have you not been ravished? By the waysides you have sat awaiting lovers like an Arab in the wilderness. You have polluted the land with your vile whoredom.
NLT
2 “Look at the shrines on every hilltop. Is there any place you have not been defiled by your adultery with other gods? You sit like a prostitute beside the road waiting for a customer. You sit alone like a nomad in the desert. You have polluted the land with your prostitution and your wickedness.
MSG
2 "Look around at the hills. Where have you not had sex? You've camped out like hunters stalking deer. You've solicited many lover-gods, Like a streetwalking whore chasing after other gods.
CSB
2 Look to the barren heights and see. Where have you not been immoral? You sat waiting for them beside the highways like a nomad in the desert. You have defiled the land with your prostitution and wickedness.

Jeremiah 3:2 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 3:2

Lift up thine eyes unto the high places
Where idols were set and worshipped; either places naturally high, as hills and mountains, which were chosen for this service; or high places, artificially made and thrown up for this purpose; see ( 2 Kings 17:9 2 Kings 17:10 2 Kings 17:11 ) ( 21:3 ) ( 23:5 ) ( Jeremiah 2:20 ) , Jarchi interprets the word (Mypv) of "rivulets of water"; and so the Targum, where also idolatry was committed: and see where thou hast not been lien with;
see if there is a hill or mountain, or any high place, where thou hast not committed idolatry; the thing was so notorious, and the facts and instances so many, there was no denying it; every hill and mountain witnessed to their idolatry; to which agrees the Targum,

``see where thou hast not joined thyself to worship idols:''
in the ways hast thou sat for them; for the idolaters, waiting for them, to join with them in their idolatries; as harlots used to sit by the wayside to meet with their lovers, to be picked up by them, or to offer themselves to them as prostitutes, ( Genesis 38:14 Genesis 38:15 ) which shows that these people were not drawn into idolatry by the temptations and solicitations of others: but they put themselves in the way of it, and solicited it, and others to join with them in it: as the Arabian in the wilderness;
who dwelt in tents in the wilderness, and sat by the wayside to trade with those that passed by; or else lay in wait in desert and by places to rob all that passed by them; and so the Vulgate Latin version renders it, in the ways thou didst sit, expecting them as a thief in the
wilderness;
the Arabians being noted for thieves and robbers. The Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic versions, render it, as a crow, or raven, of the desert;
the same word signifying a "raven" and an "Arabian": see ( 1 Kings 17:4 ) : and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy
wickedness;
the land of Judea, where idolatry was so openly and frequently committed, which brought a load of guilt upon it, and exposed it to the wrath and judgments of God; so the Targum,
``thou hast made the land guilty with thine idols and with thy wickedness.''

Jeremiah 3:2 In-Context

1 “If a man divorces his wife and she leaves him and marries another man, should he return to her again? Would not the land be completely defiled? But you have lived as a prostitute with many lovers— would you now return to me?” declares the LORD.
2 “Look up to the barren heights and see. Is there any place where you have not been ravished? By the roadside you sat waiting for lovers, sat like a nomad in the desert. You have defiled the land with your prostitution and wickedness.
3 Therefore the showers have been withheld, and no spring rains have fallen. Yet you have the brazen look of a prostitute; you refuse to blush with shame.
4 Have you not just called to me: ‘My Father, my friend from my youth,
5 will you always be angry? Will your wrath continue forever?’ This is how you talk, but you do all the evil you can.”

Cross References 4

  • 1. ver 21
  • 2. Genesis 38:14; Ezekiel 16:25
  • 3. ver 9; Jeremiah 2:7
  • 4. S Numbers 15:39; S Isaiah 1:21