“After many days,
Yahweh said to me.
‘Go now to the Euphrates!
Take from there the loincloth
That I commanded you to hide there.’
Then I went to the Euphrates.
I dug it up.
I took the loincloth
From the place where I had hidden it.
But now the loincloth was ruined.
It was good for nothing.”
After many days, Yahweh came to Jeremiah. Once again, he told Jeremiah to go to the Euphrates or Parah to get the loincloth that he had hidden there. So Jeremiah willing went there to dig up the hidden loincloth. He then found it. He noticed that it was ruined and good for nothing. What did he expect? This was probably a symbolic way of talking about the corrupt practices of King Jehoiakim, as well as the people of Judah and Jerusalem, that were good for nothing.