“‘The people of Israel!
The people of Judah!
They have done nothing
In my sight
From their youth.
The people of Israel
Have done nothing
But provoke me to anger
By the work of their hands.’
‘This city has aroused
From the day it was built
Until this day.
Thus I will remove it
From my sight.
Because of all the evil
Of the people of Israel,
Of the people of Judah.
They provoked me to anger.
The citizens of Judah,
The inhabitants of Jerusalem.
They have turned
Their back to me.
They have not turned
Their face to me.
I have taught them persistently,
They would not listen.
They would not accept correction.’”
Yahweh includes both Israel and Judah in this diatribe against all the Israelites, since they have done nothing but evil since their youth. By the work of their hands, they have provoked Yahweh to anger. The city of Jerusalem also aroused his anger, since the day that it was built. Yahweh was going to remove it because of all the evil that they had done. No one would be exempt, since their kings, officials, priests, prophets, citizens, and inhabitants of both Judah and Jerusalem had turned their backs on Yahweh, not their faces to Yahweh. He had tried to teach them persistently, but they would not listen and accept correction.
“‘Why do you complain against me?
You have all rebelled against me.’
I have struck down your children.
They accepted no correction.
Your own sword devoured your prophets
Like a ravening lion.
Behold the word of Yahweh!
Have I been a wilderness to Israel?
Have I been a land of thick darkness?
Why then do my people say?
‘We are free.
We will come to you no more.’
Can a girl forget her ornaments?
Can a bride forget her attire?
Yet my people have forgotten me.
They have done so for days without number.’”
The Israelites had rejected Yahweh. They complained and rebelled against him. Their children would not take any kind of correction. They killed his prophets with a sword. Was Yahweh a wilderness or darkness to the Israelites? Why did they say that they were free? They no longer came to Yahweh. How could this happen? Would a girl forget her jeweled ornaments? Would a bride forget her clothing attire? Yet these people have forgotten Yahweh for many unnumbered days.
“Now my child!
Listen to me!
Do not depart from the words of my mouth.
Keep your way far from her!
Do not go near the door of her house!
Do not let your honor go to others!
Do not let your years go to the merciless!
The strangers will take their fill of your wealth.
Your labors will go to the house of an alien.
At the end of your life
You will groan.
When your flesh and body are consumed,
You will say.
‘How I hated discipline!
My heart despised reproof!
I did not listen to the voice of my teachers.
I did not incline my ear to my instructors.
Now I am at the point of utter ruin
In the public assembly.’”
The parental admonitions continue. Once again he wants the children to listen to him and his words. He wanted them to avoid the house of strange women. This seems to be a follow up to the loose women already mentioned. If you went to them, you would lose your honor, your wealth, and maybe even your life. In fact, all your labor will go to a foreigner. At the end of your life you will not be happy because your life has been consumed. Your death bed pronouncement will be how you hated discipline and correction. You never listened to your teachers and instructors. Thus you ended up in utter ruin in the middle of your local assembly. Thus this is more about what happens to you if you follow the strange women.