Jeremiah 9:12-22 NIV

12 Who is wise 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.

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14 Instead, they have followed the stubbornness of their hearts; they have followed the Baals, as their ancestors 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 food and drink poisoned water.

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16 I will scatter them among nations that neither they nor their ancestors have known, and I will pursue them with the sword until I have made an end of them.”

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17 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Consider now! Call for the wailing women 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.

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19 The sound of wailing is heard from Zion: ‘How ruined we are! How great is our shame! We must leave our land because our houses are in ruins.’ ”

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

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21 Death has climbed in through our windows and has entered our fortresses; it has removed the children from the streets and the young men from the public squares.

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22 Say, “This is what the LORD declares: “ ‘Dead bodies will lie like dung on the open field, like cut grain behind the reaper, with no one to gather them.’ ”

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