“As a thief is shamed when caught,
So the house of Israel shall be shamed.
Their kings shall be shamed.
Their princes shall be shamed.
Their priests shall be shamed.
Their prophets shall be shamed.
Who says to a tree?
‘You are my father.’
Who says to a stone?
‘You gave me birth.’
They have turned their backs to me.
They have not turned their faces to me.
But in the time of their trouble,
But where are your gods
That you made for yourself?
Let them come!
See if they can save you
In your time of trouble.
You have as many gods
As you have towns!
Jeremiah says that the house of Israel should be shamed like a thief who gets caught. This shame includes their kings, officials, priests, and prophets. Think of this, these people were saying to a tree, you are my father. They were saying to a stone that they were born from a stone. They turned their backs on Yahweh, since they would not show their face to him. However, whenever there was a problem, they would come running to Yahweh, asking him to come and save them. Where were their gods that they had made? Let them come and save them. However, they had as many gods as there were towns. Each town in Judah had their own little god image for protection.