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Jeremiah 9:1-9 (New International Version)

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1 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.3 2 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. 3 "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. 4 "Beware of your friends;9 do not trust your brothers.10 For every brother is a deceiver,b11 and every friend a slanderer.12 5 Friend deceives friend,13 and no one speaks the truth.14 They have taught their tongues to lie;15 they weary themselves with sinning. 6 Youc live in the midst of deception;16 in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me," declares the LORD. 7 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? 8 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.22 9 Should I not punish them for this?" declares the LORD. "Should I not avenge23 myself on such a nation as this?"
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