Jeremiah 2:22
New International Version
Although you wash yourself with soap and use an abundance of cleansing powder, the stain of your guilt is still before me," declares the Sovereign LORD.

New Living Translation
No amount of soap or lye can make you clean. I still see the stain of your guilt. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!

English Standard Version
Though you wash yourself with lye and use much soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me, declares the Lord GOD.

Berean Study Bible
Although you wash with lye and use an abundance of soap, the stain of your guilt is still before Me,” declares the Lord GOD.

King James Bible
For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD.

New King James Version
For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap, Yet your iniquity is marked before Me,” says the Lord GOD.

New American Standard Bible
“Although you wash yourself with lye And use much soap, The stain of your guilt is before Me,” declares the Lord GOD.

NASB 1995
"Although you wash yourself with lye And use much soap, The stain of your iniquity is before Me," declares the Lord GOD.

NASB 1977
“Although you wash yourself with lye And use much soap, The stain of your iniquity is before Me,” declares the Lord GOD.

Amplified Bible
“For though you wash yourself with lye And use much soap, The stain of your guilt is [still] before Me [and you are soiled and dirty],” says the Lord GOD.

Christian Standard Bible
Even if you wash with lye and use a great amount of bleach, the stain of your iniquity is still in front of me. This is the Lord GOD’s declaration.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Even if you wash with lye and use a great amount of soap, the stain of your sin is still in front of Me. This is the Lord GOD's declaration.

American Standard Version
For though thou wash thee with lye, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord Jehovah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if you will be whitened in niter and you multiply sulphur for yourself, your sins have defiled them among you before me, says LORD JEHOVAH God

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Though thou shouldest wash thyself with nitre, and multiply to thyself soap, still thou art stained by thine iniquities before me, saith the Lord.

Contemporary English Version
The LORD said: People of Israel, you are stained with guilt, and no soap or bleach can wash it away.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Though thou wash thyself with nitre, and multiply to thyself the herb borith, thou art stained in thy iniquity before me, saith the Lord God.

English Revised Version
For though thou wash thee with lye, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD.

Good News Translation
Even if you washed with the strongest soap, I would still see the stain of your guilt.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Even if you wash with detergent and use a lot of soap, I would still see the stains from your wickedness," declares the Almighty LORD.

International Standard Version
Though you wash yourself with lye and use much soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me," declares the Lord GOD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For though thou wash thee with nitre, And take thee much soap, Yet thine iniquity is marked before Me, Saith the Lord GOD.

Literal Standard Version
But though you wash with natron, "" And multiply soap to yourself, "" Your iniquity is marked before Me,” "" A declaration of Lord YHWH.

NET Bible
You can try to wash away your guilt with a strong detergent. You can use as much soap as you want. But the stain of your guilt is still there for me to see," says the Lord GOD.

New Heart English Bible
For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap, yet your iniquity is marked before me," says the Lord GOD.

World English Bible
For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap, yet your iniquity is marked before me," says the Lord Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
But though thou dost wash with nitre, And dost multiply to thyself soap, Marked is thine iniquity before Me, An affirmation of the Lord Jehovah.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Consequences of Israel's Sin
21I had planted you like a choice vine from the very best seed. How could you turn yourself before Me into a rotten, wild vine? 22Although you wash with lye and use an abundance of soap, the stain of your guilt is still before Me,” declares the Lord GOD.

Cross References
Job 9:30
If I should wash myself with snow and cleanse my hands with lye,

Job 14:17
My transgression would be sealed in a bag, and You would cover over my iniquity.

Jeremiah 4:14
Wash the evil from your heart, O Jerusalem, so that you may be saved. How long will you harbor wicked thoughts within you?

Jeremiah 16:17
For My eyes are on all their ways. They are not hidden from My face, and their guilt is not concealed from My eyes.

Jeremiah 17:1
"The sin of Judah is written with an iron stylus, engraved with a diamond point on the tablets of their hearts and on the horns of their altars.

Hosea 13:12
The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is stored up.


Treasury of Scripture

For though you wash you with nitre, and take you much soap, yet your iniquity is marked before me, said the Lord GOD.

for though

Job 9:30,31
If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean; …

yet thine iniquity

Jeremiah 16:17
For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.

Jeremiah 17:1
The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars;

Deuteronomy 32:34
Is not this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among my treasures?









(22) Nitre.--The mineral alkali found in the natron lakes of Egypt that took their name from it. The Hebrew word nether is the origin of the Greek and English words. (Comp. Proverbs 25:20.)

Sope.--Not the compounds of alkali and oil or fat now known by the name, but the potash or alkali, obtained from the ashes of plants, which was used by itself as a powerful detergent. The thought is the same as that of Job 9:30, and, we may add, as that of Macbeth, Acts 2, sc. 2 :--

"Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood

Clean from my hand? No; this my hand will rather

The multitudinous seas incarnadine,

Making the green one red."

The guilt was too strongly "marked," too "deep-dyed in grain" to be removed by any outward palliatives.

Verse 22. - Nitre does not mean the substance which now bears that name, but "natron," a mineral alkali, deposited on the shores and on the bed of certain lakes in Egypt, especially those in the Wady Nat-run (the ancient Nitria, whence came so large a store of precious Syriac manuscripts). In ancient times, this natron was collected to make lye from for washing purposes (comp. Proverbs 25:20). Sope; rather, potash; the corresponding vegetable alkali (comp. Isaiah 1:25). Thine iniquity is marked. So Kimchi and Gesenius (through a doubtful etymology); but the Aramaic use of the word favors the rendering stained, i.e. filthy. The word is in the participle, to indicate the permanence of the state (comp. "Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood," etc.? 'Macbeth').

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Although
כִּ֤י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

you wash
תְּכַבְּסִי֙ (tə·ḵab·bə·sî)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person feminine singular
Strong's 3526: To trample, to wash

with lye
בַּנֶּ֔תֶר (ban·ne·ṯer)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5427: Natron or carbonate of soda

and use an abundance
וְתַרְבִּי־ (wə·ṯar·bî-)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect - second person feminine singular
Strong's 7235: To be or become much, many or great

of soap,
בֹּרִ֑ית (bō·rîṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 1287: Lye, alkali, potash, soap

the stain
נִכְתָּ֤ם (niḵ·tām)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 3799: To carve, engrave, to inscribe indelibly

of your guilt
עֲוֺנֵךְ֙ (‘ă·wō·nêḵ)
Noun - common singular construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's 5771: Iniquity, guilt, punishment for iniquity

is still before Me,”
לְפָנַ֔י (lə·p̄ā·nay)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 6440: The face

declares
נְאֻ֖ם (nə·’um)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5002: An oracle

the Lord
אֲדֹנָ֥י (’ă·ḏō·nāy)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 136: The Lord

GOD.
יְהוִֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3069: YHWH


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