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Jeremiah 4:22 New English Translation (NET Bible)

22 The Lord answered,[a]

“This will happen[b] because my people are foolish.
They do not know me.
They are like children who have no sense.[c]
They have no understanding.
They are skilled at doing evil.
They do not know how to do good.”


  1. Jeremiah 4:22 tn These words are not in the text but are supplied in the translation to show clearly the shift in speaker. Jeremiah has been speaking; now the Lord answers, giving the reason for the devastation Jeremiah foresees.
  2. Jeremiah 4:22 tn Heb “For….” This gives the explanation for the destruction envisaged in 4:20 to which Jeremiah responds in 4:19, 21.
  3. Jeremiah 4:22 tn Heb “They are senseless children.”
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