so that [one has to use nursery rhymes]? — Tzav la-tzav, tzav la-tzav,kav la-kav, kav la-kavz‘eir sham, z‘eir sham [Precept by precept, precept by precept, line by line, line by line, a little here, a little there].
So ·they make fun of the Lord’s prophet and say [or the Lord must repeat himself again and again; L For it is]: “·A command here, a command there [T Precept upon precept, precept upon precept]. ·A rule here, a rule there [T Line upon line, line upon line; C Hebrew: tsav latsav tsav latsav / kav lakav kav lakav; it may be the people mocking the words of the prophets as nonsense; or it may refer to God repeating himself because the people will not listen]. A little lesson here, a little lesson there [L A little there, a little there].”
“Is that so? And who do you think you are to teach us? Who are you to lord it over us? We’re not babies in diapers to be talked down to by such as you— ‘Da, da, da, da, blah, blah, blah, blah. That’s a good little girl, that’s a good little boy.’”
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