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?"