Oh, that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears!1 I would weep2 day and night for the slain of my people.32
Oh, that I had in the desert4 a lodging place for travelers, so that I might leave my people and go away from them; for they are all adulterers,5 a crowd of unfaithful6 people.
"They make ready their tongue like a bow, to shoot lies;7 it is not by truth that they triumpha in the land. They go from one sin to another; they do not acknowledge8 me," declares the LORD.
"Beware of your friends;9 do not trust your brothers.10 For every brother is a deceiver,b11 and every friend a slanderer.125
Friend deceives friend,13 and no one speaks the truth.14 They have taught their tongues to lie;15 they weary themselves with sinning.
Youc live in the midst of deception;16 in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me," declares the LORD.
Therefore this is what the LORD Almighty says: "See, I will refine17 and test18 them, for what else can I do because of the sin of my people?
Their tongue19 is a deadly arrow; it speaks with deceit. With his mouth each speaks cordially to his neighbor,20 but in his heart he sets a trap21 for him.229
Should I not punish them for this?" declares the LORD. "Should I not avenge23 myself on such a nation as this?"
I will weep and wail for the mountains and take up a lament concerning the desert pastures.24 They are desolate and untraveled, and the lowing of cattle is not heard. The birds of the air25 have fled and the animals are gone.
"I will make Jerusalem a heap26 of ruins, a haunt of jackals;27 and I will lay waste the towns of Judah28 so no one can live there."29