Jeremiah 3:9
New International Version
Because Israel’s immorality mattered so little to her, she defiled the land and committed adultery with stone and wood.

New Living Translation
Israel treated it all so lightly—she thought nothing of committing adultery by worshiping idols made of wood and stone. So now the land has been polluted.

English Standard Version
Because she took her whoredom lightly, she polluted the land, committing adultery with stone and tree.

Berean Study Bible
Indifferent to her own infidelity, Israel had defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees.

King James Bible
And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.

New King James Version
So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees.

New American Standard Bible
And because of the thoughtlessness of her prostitution, she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees.

NASB 1995
“Because of the lightness of her harlotry, she polluted the land and committed adultery with stones and trees.

NASB 1977
“And it came about because of the lightness of her harlotry, that she polluted the land and committed adultery with stones and trees.

Amplified Bible
Because of the thoughtlessness of Israel’s prostitution [her immorality mattered little to her], she desecrated the land and committed adultery with [idols of] stones and trees.

Christian Standard Bible
Indifferent to her prostitution, she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Indifferent to her prostitution, she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees.

American Standard Version
And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that the land was polluted, and she committed adultery with stones and with stocks.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And because her fornication was debauched, she defiled the land, and she committed adultery with stone and with wood

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And her fornication was nothing accounted of; and she committed adultery with wood and stone.

Contemporary English Version
The kingdom of Judah wasn't sorry for being a prostitute, and she didn't care that she had made both herself and the land unclean by worshiping idols of stone and wood.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And by the facility of her fornication she defiled the land, and played the harlot with stones and with stocks.

English Revised Version
And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that the land was polluted, and she committed adultery with stones and with stocks.

Good News Translation
and was not at all ashamed. She defiled the land, and she committed adultery by worshiping stones and trees.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Because she wasn't concerned about acting like a prostitute, she polluted the land and committed adultery with standing stones and wood pillars.

International Standard Version
She took her fornication so lightly that she polluted the land and committed adultery with stones and trees.

JPS Tanakh 1917
and it came to pass through the lightness of her harlotry, that the land was polluted, and she committed adultery with stones and with stocks;

Literal Standard Version
And it has come to pass, from the vileness of her fornication, that the land is defiled, and she commits fornication with stone and with wood.

NET Bible
Because she took her prostitution so lightly, she defiled the land through her adulterous worship of gods made of wood and stone.

New Heart English Bible
And it came to pass, through her casual prostitution, that the land was polluted, and she committed adultery with stone and wood.

World English Bible
It happened through the lightness of her prostitution, that the land was polluted, and she committed adultery with stones and with stocks.

Young's Literal Translation
And it hath come to pass, from the vileness of her fornication, that the land is defiled, and she committeth fornication with stone and with wood.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Judah Follows Israel's Example
8She saw that because faithless Israel had committed adultery, I gave her a certificate of divorce and sent her away. Yet that unfaithful sister Judah had no fear and prostituted herself as well. 9Indifferent to her own infidelity, Israel had defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. 10Yet in spite of all this, her unfaithful sister Judah did not return to Me with all her heart, but only in pretense,” declares the LORD.…

Cross References
Matthew 5:32
But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, brings adultery upon her. And he who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Isaiah 57:6
Your portion is among the smooth stones of the valley; indeed, they are your lot. Even to them you have poured out a drink offering and offered a grain offering. Should I relent because of these?

Jeremiah 2:7
I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and bounty, but you came and defiled My land, and made My inheritance detestable.

Jeremiah 2:27
say to a tree, 'You are my father,' and to a stone, 'You gave me birth.' For they have turned their backs to Me and not their faces, yet in the time of trouble they beg, 'Rise up and save us!'

Jeremiah 3:2
"Lift up your eyes to the barren heights and see. Is there any place where you have not been violated? You sat beside the highways waiting for your lovers, like a nomad in the desert. You have defiled the land with your prostitution and wickedness.

Jeremiah 10:8
But they are altogether senseless and foolish, instructed by worthless idols made of wood!

Jeremiah 16:18
And I will first repay them double their iniquity and their sin, because they have defiled My land with the carcasses of their detestable idols, and they have filled My inheritance with their abominations."


Treasury of Scripture

And it came to pass through the lightness of her prostitution, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.

lightness.

Ezekiel 23:10
These discovered her nakedness: they took her sons and her daughters, and slew her with the sword: and she became famous among women; for they had executed judgment upon her.

she defiled

Jeremiah 3:2
Lift up thine eyes unto the high places, and see where thou hast not been lien with. In the ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness.

Jeremiah 2:7
And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.

committed

Jeremiah 2:27
Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.

Jeremiah 10:8
But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.

Isaiah 57:6
Among the smooth stones of the stream is thy portion; they, they are thy lot: even to them hast thou poured a drink offering, thou hast offered a meat offering. Should I receive comfort in these?









(9) The lightness of her whoredom.--Lightness in the ethical sense of "levity." Apostasy was treated once more as if it had been a light thing (1Kings 16:31). The word is, however, very variously interpreted, and the meaning of "voice," or "cry," in the sense in which the "cry" of Sodom and Gomorrah was great (Genesis 18:20), seems more satisfactory. On "stones" and "stocks," see Note on Jeremiah 2:27.

Verse 9. - Through the lightness of her whoredom; i.e. through the slight importance which she attached to her whoredom. So apparently the ancient versions. The only sense, however, which the word kol ever has in Hebrew is not "lightness," but "sound," "voice," and perhaps "rumor" (Genesis 45:16). Hence it is more strictly accurate to render "through the cry." etc. (comp. Genesis 4:10; Genesis 19:13), or "through the fame," etc. (as Authorized Version, margin). But neither of these seems quite suitable to the context, and if, as King James's translators seem to have felt it necessary to do, we desert the faithful translation, and enter on the path of conjecture, why not emend kol into klon (there is no vav, and such fragments of true readings are not altogether uncommon in the Hebrew text), which at once yields a good meaning - "through the disgrace of her whoredom ?" Ewald thinks that kol may be taken in the sense of k'lon; but this is really more arbitrary than emending the text. With stones, etc. (see Jeremiah 2:27).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Indifferent to
וְהָיָה֙ (wə·hā·yāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

her immorality,
זְנוּתָ֔הּ (zə·nū·ṯāh)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 2184: Adultery, infidelity, idolatry

[Israel had] defiled
וַתֶּחֱנַ֖ף (wat·te·ḥĕ·nap̄)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 2610: To be polluted or profane

the land
הָאָ֑רֶץ (hā·’ā·reṣ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land

and committed adultery
וַתִּנְאַ֥ף (wat·tin·’ap̄)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 5003: To commit adultery, to apostatize

with stones
הָאֶ֖בֶן (hā·’e·ḇen)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 68: A stone

and trees.
הָעֵֽץ׃ (hā·‘êṣ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6086: Tree, trees, wood


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