Death has climbed in through our windows1 and has entered our fortresses; it has cut off the children from the streets and the young men2 from the public squares.
Say, "This is what the LORD declares: " 'The dead bodies of men will lie like refuse3 on the open field, like cut grain behind the reaper, with no one to gather them.' "
This is what the LORD says: "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom4 or the strong man boast of his strength5 or the rich man boast of his riches,624
but let him who boasts boast7 about this: that he understands and knows8 me, that I am the LORD,9 who exercises kindness,10 justice and righteousness11 on earth, for in these I delight," declares the LORD.
"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh12--
Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab and all who live in the desert in distant places.a13 For all these nations are really uncircumcised,14 and even the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart.15"