Jeremiah 9:10-20 NIV

10 I will weep and wail for the mountains and take up a lament concerning the desert pastures.1 They are desolate and untraveled, and the lowing of cattle is not heard. The birds of the air2 have fled and the animals are gone.

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11 "I will make Jerusalem a heap3 of ruins, a haunt of jackals;4 and I will lay waste the towns of Judah5 so no one can live there."6

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12 What man is wise7 enough to understand this? Who has been instructed by the LORD and can explain it? Why has the land been ruined and laid waste like a desert that no one can cross?

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13 The LORD said, "It is because they have forsaken my law, which I set before them; they have not obeyed me or followed my law.8

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14 Instead, they have followed9 the stubbornness of their hearts;10 they have followed the Baals, as their fathers taught them."

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15 Therefore, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "See, I will make this people eat bitter food11 and drink poisoned water.12

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16 I will scatter them among nations13 that neither they nor their fathers have known,14 and I will pursue them with the sword15 until I have destroyed them."16

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17 This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Consider now! Call for the wailing women17 to come; send for the most skillful of them.

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18 Let them come quickly and wail over us till our eyes overflow with tears and water streams from our eyelids.18

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19 The sound of wailing is heard from Zion: 'How ruined19 we are! How great is our shame! We must leave our land because our houses are in ruins.' "

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20 Now, O women, hear the word of the LORD; open your ears to the words of his mouth.20 Teach your daughters how to wail; teach one another a lament.21

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