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Jeremiah 9

1+ + Oh that my head were waters,

and my eyes a fountain of tears,

that I might weep day and night

for the slain of + the daughter of my people!

2+ Oh that I had in the desert

a travelers’ lodging place,

that I might leave my people

and go away from them!

For they are all + adulterers,

a company of + treacherous men.

3+ They bend their tongue like a bow;

falsehood and not truth has grown strong+ in the land;

for they proceed from evil to evil,

+ and they do not know me, declares the Lord.

4+ Let everyone beware of his neighbor,

and put no trust in any brother,

for every + brother is a deceiver,

and every neighbor + goes about as a slanderer.

5Everyone deceives his neighbor,

and no one speaks the truth;

they have taught their tongue to speak lies;

they weary themselves committing iniquity.

6Heaping oppression upon oppression, and deceit upon deceit,

+ they refuse to know me, declares the Lord.

7Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts:

“Behold, + I will refine them and + test them,

for what else can I do, + because of my people?

8+ Their tongue is a deadly arrow;

+ it speaks deceitfully;

with his mouth + each speaks peace to his neighbor,

but in his heart + he plans an ambush for him.

9+ Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the Lord,

and shall I not avenge myself

on a nation such as this?

10“I will take up weeping and wailing for the mountains,

and a lamentation for + the pastures of the wilderness,

+ because they are laid waste so that no one passes through,

and the lowing of cattle is not heard;

+ both the birds of the air and the beasts

have fled and are gone.

11+ I will make Jerusalem a heap of ruins,

+ a lair of jackals,

+ and I will make the cities of Judah a desolation,

without inhabitant.”

12+ Who is the man so wise that he can understand this? To whom has the mouth of the Lord spoken, that he may declare it? Why is the land ruined + and laid waste like a wilderness, so that no one passes through? 13And the Lord says: + “Because they have forsaken my law that I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice or walked in accord with it, 14but + have stubbornly followed their own hearts and have gone after the Baals, as their fathers taught them. 15Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: + Behold, I will feed this people with bitter food, and give them + poisonous water to drink. 16+ I will scatter them among the nations + whom neither they nor their fathers have known, and I will + send the sword after them, until I have consumed them.”

17Thus says the Lord of hosts:

+ “Consider, and call for the mourning women to come;

send for the skillful women to come;

18let them make haste + and raise a wailing over us,

+ that our eyes may run down with tears

and our eyelids flow with water.

19For a sound of wailing is heard from Zion:

+ ‘How we are ruined!

We are utterly shamed,

because we have left the land,

because they have cast down our dwellings.’”

20Hear, O women, the word of the Lord,

and let your ear receive the word of his mouth;

teach to your daughters a lament,

and each to her neighbor a dirge.

21For death has come up into our windows;

it has entered our palaces,

+ cutting off the children from the streets

and the young men from the squares.

22Speak: “Thus declares the Lord,

+ ‘The dead bodies of men shall fall

like dung upon the open field,

+ like sheaves after the reaper,

and none shall gather them.’”

23Thus says the Lord: + “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, 24but + let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. + For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”

25“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when + I will punish all those who are circumcised merely in the flesh— 26+ Egypt, Judah, Edom, the sons of Ammon, Moab, and + all who dwell in the desert who cut the corners of their hair, for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are + uncircumcised in heart.”

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