Friend deceives friend,1 and no one speaks the truth.2 They have taught their tongues to lie;3 they weary themselves with sinning.
Youa live in the midst of deception;4 in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me," declares the LORD.
Therefore this is what the LORD Almighty says: "See, I will refine5 and test6 them, for what else can I do because of the sin of my people?
Their tongue7 is a deadly arrow; it speaks with deceit. With his mouth each speaks cordially to his neighbor,8 but in his heart he sets a trap9 for him.109
Should I not punish them for this?" declares the LORD. "Should I not avenge11 myself on such a nation as this?"