You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess serve their gods, on the (A)high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree.

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Who inflame yourselves among the [a](A)oaks,
(B)Under every luxuriant tree,
Who (C)slaughter the children in the [b]ravines,
Under the clefts of the crags?

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 57:5 Or terebinths
  2. Isaiah 57:5 Or wadis

“Upon a (A)high and lofty mountain
You have (B)made your bed.
You also went up there to offer sacrifice.

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“Lift up your eyes to the (A)bare heights and see;
Where have you not been violated?
By the roads you have (B)sat for them
Like an Arab in the desert,
And you have (C)polluted a land
With your harlotry and with your wickedness.

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Faithless Israel

Then the Lord said to me in the days of Josiah the king, “Have you seen what faithless Israel did? She (A)went up on every high hill and under every green tree, and she was a harlot there.

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As they remember their (A)children,
So they remember their altars and their [a](B)Asherim
By (C)green trees on the high hills.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 17:2 I.e. wooden symbols of a female deity

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