Contemporary English Version
8 They have built altars and places for burning incense to their goddess Asherah, and they have set up sacred poles[a] for her. But they will stop worshiping at these places.
9 Israel captured powerful cities and chased out the people who lived there. But these cities will lie in ruins, covered over with weeds and underbrush.[b]
10 Israel, you have forgotten
the God who saves you,
the one who is the mighty rock[c]
where you find protection.
You plant the finest flowers
to honor a foreign god.
- 17.8 sacred poles: Or “trees,” used as symbols of Asherah, the goddess of fertility.
- 17.9 covered. . . underbrush: Hebrew; one ancient translation “like the cities of the Hivites and the Amorites.”
- 17.10 mighty rock: The Hebrew text has “rock,” which is sometimes used in poetry to compare the Lord to a mountain where his people can run for protection from their enemies.