1 a If my head were water, my eyes a fountain of tears, I would weep day and nightb over the slain of my dearc people.

References for Jeremiah 9:1

    • a 9:1 - Jr 8:23 in Hb
    • b 9:1 - Jr 13:17; Ps 42:3; Lm 2:11
    • c 9:1 - Lit slain among the daughter of my
      2 d If only I had a traveler's lodging place in the wilderness, I would abandon my people and depart from them, for they are all adulterers,e a solemn assembly of treacherous people.f

      References for Jeremiah 9:2

        • d 9:2 - Jr 9:1 in Hb
        • e 9:2 - Jr 23:10; Hs 7:4; Mal 3:5
        • f 9:2 - Jr 12:1; Isa 24:16; 33:1
          3 They bent their tongues [like] their bows; lies and not faithfulness prevail in the land, for they proceed from one evil to another, and they do not take Me into account.g [This is] the Lord's declaration.

          References for Jeremiah 9:3

            • g 9:3 - Jr 4:22

              Imminent Ruin and Exile

              4 Everyone has to be on guard against his friend. Don't trust any brother, for every brother will certainly deceive, and every friend spread slander.h

              References for Jeremiah 9:4

                • h 9:4 - Jr 6:28
                  5 Each one betrays his friend; no one tells the truth. They have taught their tongues to speak lies; they wear themselves out doing wrong.
                  6 You live in [a world] of deception.i In [their] deception they refuse to know Me.j [This is] the Lord's declaration.

                  References for Jeremiah 9:6

                    • i 9:6 - LXX reads Oppression on oppression, deceit on deceit
                    • j 9:6 - Rm 1:17
                      7 Therefore, this is what the Lord of Hosts says: I am about to refine them and test them, for what else can I do because of My deark people?l

                      References for Jeremiah 9:7

                        • k 9:7 - Lit of the daughter of My
                        • l 9:7 - LXX, Tg read because of their evils
                          8 Their tongues are deadly arrows- they speak deception. With his mouth a man speaks peaceably with his friend, but inwardly he sets up an ambush.
                          9 Should I not punish them for these things? [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration. Should I not take My revengemn against a nation such as this?

                          References for Jeremiah 9:9

                            • m 9:9 - Or not vindicate Myself
                            • n 9:9 - Jr 5:9,29
                              10 I will raise weeping and a lament over the mountains, a dirge over the wilderness grazing land, for they have been so scorched that no one passes through. The sound of cattle is no longer heard. From the birds of the sky to the animals, [everything] has fled-they have gone away.
                              11 I will make Jerusalem a heap of rubble,o a jackals' den.p I will make the cities of Judah a desolation, an uninhabited place.

                              References for Jeremiah 9:11

                                • o 9:11 - Jr 51:37; 2 Kg 19:25; Isa 25:2
                                • p 9:11 - Jr 10:22; 49:33; 51:37
                                  12 Who is the man wise enough to understand this?q Who has the Lord spoken to, that he may explain it? Why is the land destroyed and scorched like a wilderness, so no one can pass through?

                                  References for Jeremiah 9:12

                                    • q 9:12 - Ps 107:43; Ec 8:1; Hs 14:9
                                      13 The Lord said, "It is because they abandoned My lawr I set in front of them and did not obey My voice or walk according to it.

                                      References for Jeremiah 9:13

                                        • r 9:13 - 2 Ch 12:1
                                          14 Instead, they followed the stubbornness of their heartss and the Baals, as their fathers taught them."t

                                          References for Jeremiah 9:14

                                            • s 9:14 - Dt 29:19; Ps 81:12
                                            • t 9:14 - Jr 2:8,23
                                              15 Therefore, this is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: "I am about to feed this people wormwoodu and give them poisonous waters to drink.v

                                              References for Jeremiah 9:15

                                                • u 9:15 - Jr 23:15; Dt 29:18; Lm 3:19
                                                • v 9:15 - Jr 8:14; 23:15
                                                  16 I will scatter them among nationsw that they and their fathers have not known. I will send a sword after them until I have finished them off."

                                                  References for Jeremiah 9:16

                                                    • w 9:16 - Lv 26:33; Dt 4:27; 28:64

                                                      Mourning over Judah

                                                      17 This is what the Lord of Hosts says: Consider, and summon the women who mourn;x send for the skillful women.

                                                      References for Jeremiah 9:17

                                                        • x 9:17 - Ec 12:5; Am 5:16
                                                          18 Let them come quickly to raise a lament over usy so that our eyes may overflow with tears, our eyelids soaked with weeping.

                                                          References for Jeremiah 9:18

                                                              19 For a sound of lamentation is heard from Zion: How devastated we are. We are greatly ashamed,z for we have abandoned the land; our dwellings have been torn down.

                                                              References for Jeremiah 9:19

                                                                • z 9:19 - Jr 2:26; 6:15; 8:12
                                                                  20 Now hear the word of the Lord, you women. Pay attention to{ the word of His mouth. Teach your daughters a lament and one another a dirge,

                                                                  References for Jeremiah 9:20

                                                                    • { 9:20 - Lit Your ears must receive
                                                                      21 for Death| has climbed through our windows; it has entered our fortresses, cutting off children from the streets, young men from the squares.

                                                                      References for Jeremiah 9:21

                                                                        • | 9:21 - Jb 18:13; 28:22; Ps 49:14
                                                                          22 Speak as follows: This is what the Lord says: Human corpses will fall like manure on the surface of the field, like newly cut grain} after the reaper with no one to gather [it].

                                                                          References for Jeremiah 9:22

                                                                            • } 9:22 - Am 2:13; Mc 4:12; Zch 12:6

                                                                              Boast in the Lord

                                                                              23 This is what the Lord says: The wise must not boast in his wisdom; the mighty must not boast in his might; the rich must not boast in his riches.

                                                                              References for Jeremiah 9:23

                                                                                  24 But the one who boasts should boast in this, that he understands and knows Me~- that I am the Lord, showing faithful love, justice, and righteousness on the earth, for I delight in these things. [This is] the Lord's declaration.

                                                                                  References for Jeremiah 9:24

                                                                                    • ~ 9:24 - Ps 34:2; 64:10; 105:3
                                                                                      25 "The days are coming"-the Lord's declaration-"when I will punish all the circumcised yet uncircumcised:

                                                                                      References for Jeremiah 9:25

                                                                                        •  9:25 - Jr 4:4; Rm 2:28-29
                                                                                          26 Egypt, Judah, Edom, the Ammonites, Moab, all those who clip the hair on their temples€ and reside in the wilderness. All these nations are uncircumcised, and the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart."

                                                                                          References for Jeremiah 9:26

                                                                                            • € 9:26 - Or who live in distant places; Jr 25:23; 49:32; Lv 19:27
                                                                                            •  9:26 - Ezk 44:7,9