Moreover, Yahweh said to me in the days of Josiah the king, “Have you seen what she did, that unfaithful one, Israel? She has gone up on every high hill and under every green tree, and has prostituted herself there. Bible

“has prostituted herself there.” This phrase is both literal and figurative. It was common to have Asherah poles on the hills and under the trees (1 Kings 14:23; 2 Kings 17:10; Jer. 17:2), and Asherah was the female consort of the god Baal and was worshipped, among other ways, by “sacred prostitution.” So while the worshippers worshipped the Asherah by literal prostitution, in their hearts they turned away from their covenant with God and thus figuratively played the prostitute against Him by being with other gods.

Commentary for: Jeremiah 3:6