Jeremiah 2:33
New International Version
How skilled you are at pursuing love! Even the worst of women can learn from your ways.

New Living Translation
“How you plot and scheme to win your lovers. Even an experienced prostitute could learn from you!

English Standard Version
“How well you direct your course to seek love! So that even to wicked women you have taught your ways.

Berean Study Bible
How skillfully you pursue love! Even the most immoral of women could learn from your ways.

King James Bible
Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways.

New King James Version
“Why do you beautify your way to seek love? Therefore you have also taught The wicked women your ways.

New American Standard Bible
“How well you prepare your way To seek love! Therefore even to the wicked women You have taught your ways.

NASB 1995
“How well you prepare your way To seek love! Therefore even the wicked women You have taught your ways.

NASB 1977
“How well you prepare your way To seek love! Therefore even the wicked women You have taught your ways.

Amplified Bible
“How well you prepare your path To seek and obtain [adulterous] love! Even the most wicked of women Have learned [indecent] ways from you.

Christian Standard Bible
How skillfully you pursue love; you also teach evil women your ways.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How skillfully you pursue love; you also teach evil women your ways.

American Standard Version
How trimmest thou thy way to seek love! therefore even the wicked women hast thou taught thy ways.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Why have you again prepared your ways to seek love? Behold, you have also learned evil in your ways

Brenton Septuagint Translation
What fair device wilt thou yet employ in thy ways, so as to seek love? it shall not be so; moreover thou has done wickedly in corrupting thy ways;

Contemporary English Version
You are so clever at finding lovers that you could give lessons to a prostitute.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why dost thou endeavor to shew thy way good to seek my love, thou who has also taught thy malices to be thy ways,

English Revised Version
How trimmest thou thy way to seek love! therefore even the wicked women hast thou taught thy ways.

Good News Translation
You certainly know how to chase after lovers. Even the worst of women can learn from you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You carefully planned ways to look for love. You taught your ways to wicked women.

International Standard Version
How well you perfect your techniques for seeking love. Therefore you can teach even the most immoral women your techniques.

JPS Tanakh 1917
How trimmest thou thy way To seek love! Therefore--even the wicked women Hast thou taught thy ways;

Literal Standard Version
Why do you make your ways pleasing to seek love? Therefore you have even taught the wicked your ways.

NET Bible
"My, how good you have become at chasing after your lovers! Why, you could even teach prostitutes a thing or two!

New Heart English Bible
How well you prepare your way to seek love. Therefore you have taught even the wicked women your ways.

World English Bible
How well you prepare your way to seek love! Therefore you have taught even the wicked women your ways.

Young's Literal Translation
What -- dost thou make pleasing thy ways to seek love? Therefore even the wicked thou hast taught thy ways.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Israel's Unfaithfulness
32Does a maiden forget her jewelry or a bride her wedding sash? Yet My people have forgotten Me for days without number. 33How skillfully you pursue love! Even the most immoral of women could learn from your ways. 34Moreover, your skirts are stained with the blood of the innocent poor, though you did not find them breaking in. But in spite of all these things…

Cross References
Jeremiah 2:23
"How can you say, 'I am not defiled; I have not run after the Baals'? Look at your behavior in the valley; acknowledge what you have done. You are a swift young she-camel galloping here and there,

Jeremiah 2:32
Does a maiden forget her jewelry or a bride her wedding sash? Yet My people have forgotten Me for days without number.

Jeremiah 2:34
Moreover, your skirts are stained with the blood of the innocent poor, though you did not find them breaking in. But in spite of all these things


Treasury of Scripture

Why trim you your way to seek love? therefore have you also taught the wicked ones your ways.

why

Jeremiah 2:23,36
How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways; …

Jeremiah 3:1,2
They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD…

Isaiah 57:7-10
Upon a lofty and high mountain hast thou set thy bed: even thither wentest thou up to offer sacrifice…

hast

2 Chronicles 33:9
So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse than the heathen, whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel.

Ezekiel 16:27,47,51,52
Behold, therefore I have stretched out my hand over thee, and have diminished thine ordinary food, and delivered thee unto the will of them that hate thee, the daughters of the Philistines, which are ashamed of thy lewd way…









(33) Why trimmest thou thy way . . .?--The verb is the same as that rendered "amend" in Jeremiah 7:3; Jeremiah 7:5, and was probably often on the lips of those who made a show of reformation. Here it is used with a scornful irony, "What means this reform, this show of amendment of thy ways, which leads only to a further indulgence in adulterous love?"

Hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways.--Better, hast thou also taught thy ways wickednesses. The professed change for the better was really for the worse.

Verse 33. - Why trimmest thou thy way I rather, How well thou contrivest thy way, etc.? Therefore hast thou also taught, etc. The meaning which floated before our trans-labors seems to be this: "so utterly immoral is thy course of life, that even the worst of women ['wicked ones' is in the feminine] have been able to learn something from thee" (so the great Dutch scholar, De Dieu,in 1548). But a more natural rendering is, "Therefore [i.e. to gain thine ends] thou hast accustomed thy ways to those evil things." Nemo repente fuit tupissimus. It required a deliberate "accustoming," or "training" (such is the literal meaning of limad), to produce such a habit (ἕξις) as is here rebuked.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
How
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

skillfully
תֵּיטִ֥בִי (tê·ṭi·ḇî)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - second person feminine singular
Strong's 3190: To be good, well, glad, or pleasing

you pursue
לְבַקֵּ֣שׁ (lə·ḇaq·qêš)
Preposition-l | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's 1245: To search out, to strive after

love;
אַהֲבָ֑ה (’a·hă·ḇāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 160: Love (noun)

even
גַּ֣ם (gam)
Conjunction
Strong's 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

the most immoral of women
הָרָע֔וֹת (hā·rā·‘ō·wṯ)
Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 7451: Bad, evil

could learn
לִמַּ֖דְתְּ (lim·maḏt)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - second person feminine singular
Strong's 3925: To exercise in, learn

from your ways.
דְּרָכָֽיִךְ׃ (də·rā·ḵā·yiḵ)
Noun - common plural construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action


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