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Jeremiah 11:10-12 New English Translation (NET Bible)

10 They have gone back to the evil ways[a] of their ancestors of old who refused to obey what I told them. They, too, have paid allegiance to[b] other gods and worshiped them. Both the nation of Israel and the nation of Judah[c] have violated the covenant I made with their ancestors. 11 So I, the Lord, say this:[d] ‘I will soon bring disaster on them that they will not be able to escape! When they cry out to me for help, I will not listen to them. 12 Then those living in the towns of Judah and in Jerusalem will[e] go and cry out for help to the gods to whom they have been sacrificing. However, those gods will by no means be able[f] to save them when disaster strikes them.


  1. Jeremiah 11:10 tn Or “They have repeated the evil actions of….”
  2. Jeremiah 11:10 tn Heb “have walked/followed after.” See the translator’s note at 2:5 for the idiom.
  3. Jeremiah 11:10 tn Heb “house of Israel and house of Judah.”
  4. Jeremiah 11:11 tn Heb “Therefore, thus, says the Lord.” The person has been shifted in the translation in accordance with the difference between Hebrew and English style.
  5. Jeremiah 11:12 tn Heb “Then the towns of Judah and those living in Jerusalem will…”
  6. Jeremiah 11:12 tn The Hebrew construction is emphatic, involving the use of an infinitive of the verb before the verb itself (Heb “saving they will not save”). For this construction to give emphasis to an antithesis, see GKC 343 §113.p.
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