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Jeremiah 2:14-16 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

14 Is Israel a slave, a house-born servant?[a]
    Why then has he become plunder?
15 Against him lions roar,
    they raise their voices.
They have turned his land into a waste;
    his cities are charred ruins, without an inhabitant.
16 Yes, the people of Memphis[b] and Tahpanhes
    shave the crown of your head.


  1. 2:14 House-born servant: one born in the master’s house, in contrast to a slave acquired by purchase or as a captive; cf. Lv 22:11.
  2. 2:16 Memphis: the capital of Lower Egypt. Tahpanhes: a frontier city of Egypt, east of the Delta. Shave the crown of your head: an image for Egypt plundering Judah; perhaps a reference to the capture of King Jehoahaz in 609 B.C. (2 Kgs 23:34).
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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