“How can I pardon you?
Your children have forsaken me.
They have sworn by those
Who are not gods.
When I fed them to the full,
They committed adultery.
They trooped to the houses of prostitutes.
They were well-fed lusty stallions.
Each was neighing for his neighbor’s wife.
Shall I not punish them for these things?
Shall I not bring retribution
On a nation such as this?’
Yahweh wanted to know from Jeremiah how he could pardon the people of Jerusalem. Their children had given up on Yahweh. They were swearing to things that were not gods at all. Even after he had fed them to the full, they went and committed adultery. They ran off to the houses of prostitution with their full bellies, like lusty stallions. They were always seeking their neighbor’s wife, like a horse neighing after them. Should they not be punished for such things? This nation deserves retribution.