Jeremiah 2:32
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English Standard Version
Can a virgin forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet my people have forgotten me days without number.

King James Bible
Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.

American Standard Version
Can a virgin forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Will a virgin forget her ornament, or a bride her stomacher? but my people hath forgotten me days without number.

English Revised Version
Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.

Webster's Bible Translation
Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.

Jeremiah 2:32 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

And yet idolatry brings to the people only disgrace, giving no help in the time of need. Jeremiah 2:26. "As a thief is shamed when he is taken, so is the house of Israel put to shame; they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets. Jeremiah 2:27. Because they say to the wood, Thou art my father; and to the stone, Thou hast borne me: for they have turned to me the back and not the face; but in the time of their trouble they say, Arise, and help us. Jeremiah 2:28. Where then are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can help thee in the time of thy trouble; for as many as are thy cities, so many are thy gods, Judah." The thought in Jeremiah 2:26 and Jeremiah 2:27 is this, Israel reaps from its idolatry but shame, as the thief from stealing when he is caught in the act. The comparison in Jeremiah 2:26 contains a universal truth of force at all times. The perf. הובישׁוּ is the timeless expression of certainty (Hitz.), and refers to the past as well as to the future. Just as already in past time, so also in the future, idolatry brings but shame and confusion by the frustration of the hopes placed in the false gods. The "house of Israel" is all Israel collectively, and not merely the kingdom of the ten tribes. To give the greater emphasis to the reproaches, the leading ranks are mentioned one by one. אמרים, not: who say, but because (since) they say to the wood, etc., i.e., because they hold images of wood and stone for the gods to whom they owe life and being; whereas Jahveh alone is their Creator or Father and Genitor, Deuteronomy 32:6, Deuteronomy 32:18; Isaiah 64:7; Malachi 2:10. אבן is fem., and thus is put for mother. The Keri ילדתּנוּ is suggested solely by the preceding אמרים, while the Chet. is correct, and is to be read ילדתּני, inasmuch as each one severally speaks thus. - With "for they have turned" follows the reason of the statement that Israel will reap only shame from its idolatry. To the living God who has power to help them they turn their back; but when distress comes upon them they cry to Him for help (קוּמה והושׁיענוּ as in Psalm 3:8). But then God will send the people to their gods (idols); then will it discover they will not help, for all so great as their number is. The last clause of Jeremiah 2:28 runs literally: the number of thy cities are thy gods become, i.e., so great is the number of thy gods; cf. Jeremiah 11:13. Judah is here directly addressed, so that the people of Judah may not take for granted that what has been said is of force for the ten tribes only. On the contrary, Judah will experience the same as Israel of the ten tribes did when disaster broke over it.

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a maid

Jeremiah 2:11 Has a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit.

Genesis 24:22,30,53 And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight...

2 Samuel 1:24 You daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold on your apparel.

Psalm 45:13,14 The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of worked gold...

Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation...

Ezekiel 16:10-13 I clothed you also with broidered work, and shod you with badgers' skin, and I girded you about with fine linen...

1 Peter 3:3-5 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel...

Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

yet my people

Jeremiah 3:21 A voice was heard on the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way...

Jeremiah 13:10,25 This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them...

Jeremiah 18:15 Because my people has forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity...

Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

Psalm 106:21 They forgot God their savior, which had done great things in Egypt;

Isaiah 17:10 Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation, and have not been mindful of the rock of your strength...

Ezekiel 22:12 In you have they taken gifts to shed blood; you have taken usury and increase...

Hosea 8:14 For Israel has forgotten his Maker, and builds temples; and Judah has multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire on his cities...

Cross References
Psalm 106:21
They forgot God, their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt,

Isaiah 17:10
For you have forgotten the God of your salvation and have not remembered the Rock of your refuge; therefore, though you plant pleasant plants and sow the vine-branch of a stranger,

Isaiah 57:11
Whom did you dread and fear, so that you lied, and did not remember me, did not lay it to heart? Have I not held my peace, even for a long time, and you do not fear me?

Jeremiah 2:33
"How well you direct your course to seek love! So that even to wicked women you have taught your ways.

Jeremiah 3:21
A voice on the bare heights is heard, the weeping and pleading of Israel's sons because they have perverted their way; they have forgotten the LORD their God.

Jeremiah 13:25
This is your lot, the portion I have measured out to you, declares the LORD, because you have forgotten me and trusted in lies.

Jeremiah 18:15
But my people have forgotten me; they make offerings to false gods; they made them stumble in their ways, in the ancient roads, and to walk into side roads, not the highway,

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