"They make ready their tongue like a bow, to shoot lies;1 it is not by truth that they triumpha in the land. They go from one sin to another; they do not acknowledge2 me," declares the LORD.
"Beware of your friends;3 do not trust your brothers.4 For every brother is a deceiver,b5 and every friend a slanderer.65
Friend deceives friend,7 and no one speaks the truth.8 They have taught their tongues to lie;9 they weary themselves with sinning.
Youc live in the midst of deception;10 in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me," declares the LORD.
Therefore this is what the LORD Almighty says: "See, I will refine11 and test12 them, for what else can I do because of the sin of my people?
Their tongue13 is a deadly arrow; it speaks with deceit. With his mouth each speaks cordially to his neighbor,14 but in his heart he sets a trap15 for him.16