Jeremiah 9:5-15 NIV

5 Friend deceives friend,1 and no one speaks the truth.2 They have taught their tongues to lie;3 they weary themselves with sinning.

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6 Youa live in the midst of deception;4 in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me," declares the LORD.

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    • c 9:6 - That is, Jeremiah (the Hebrew is singular)
      7 Therefore this is what the LORD Almighty says: "See, I will refine5 and test6 them, for what else can I do because of the sin of my people?

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      8 Their tongue7 is a deadly arrow; it speaks with deceit. With his mouth each speaks cordially to his neighbor,8 but in his heart he sets a trap9 for him.10

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          9 Should I not punish them for this?" declares the LORD. "Should I not avenge11 myself on such a nation as this?"

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          10 I will weep and wail for the mountains and take up a lament concerning the desert pastures.12 They are desolate and untraveled, and the lowing of cattle is not heard. The birds of the air13 have fled and the animals are gone.

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          11 "I will make Jerusalem a heap14 of ruins, a haunt of jackals;15 and I will lay waste the towns of Judah16 so no one can live there."17

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          12 What man is wise18 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.19

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          14 Instead, they have followed20 the stubbornness of their hearts;21 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 food22 and drink poisoned water.23

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