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Jeremiah 3:18-20 New English Translation (NET Bible)

18 At that time[a] the nation of Judah and the nation of Israel will be reunited.[b] Together they will come back from a land in the north to the land that I gave to your ancestors as a permanent possession.

19 “I thought to myself,[c]
‘Oh what a joy it would be for me to treat you like a son![d]
What a joy it would be for me to give[e] you a pleasant land,
the most beautiful piece of property there is in all the world!’[f]
I thought you would call me ‘Father’[g]
and would never cease being loyal to me.[h]
20 But, you have been unfaithful to me, nation of Israel,[i]
like an unfaithful wife who has left her husband,”[j]
says the Lord.


  1. Jeremiah 3:18 tn Heb “In those days.”
  2. Jeremiah 3:18 tn Heb “the house of Judah will walk together with the house of Israel.”
  3. Jeremiah 3:19 tn Heb “And I myself said.” See note on “I thought that she might come back to me” in 3:7.
  4. Jeremiah 3:19 tn Heb “How I would place you among the sons.” Israel appears to be addressed here contextually as the Lord’s wife (see the next verse). The pronouns of address in the first two lines are second feminine singular, as are the readings of the two verbs preferred by the Masoretes (the Qere readings) in the third and fourth lines. The verbs that are written in the text in the third and fourth lines (the Kethib readings) are second masculine plural, as is the verb describing Israel’s treachery in the next verse.sn The imagery here appears to be that of treating the wife as an equal heir with the sons and of giving her the best piece of property.
  5. Jeremiah 3:19 tn The words “What a joy it would be for me to” are not in the Hebrew text but are implied in the parallel structure.
  6. Jeremiah 3:19 tn Heb “the most beautiful heritage among the nations.”
  7. Jeremiah 3:19 tn Heb “my father.”
  8. Jeremiah 3:19 tn Heb “turn back from [following] after me.”
  9. Jeremiah 3:20 tn Heb “house of Israel.”
  10. Jeremiah 3:20 tn Heb “a wife unfaithful from her husband.”
New English Translation (NET)

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