Jeremiah 9 NAS

A Lament over Zion

1 1Oh * that my head were waters And my eyes a fountain of tears, That I might weep day and night For the slain of the 2daughter of my people!

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2 3Oh that I had in the desert A wayfarers' lodging place; That I might leave my people And go from them! For all of them are 4adulterers, An assembly of 5treacherous men.

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3 "They 6bend their tongue like their bow; Lies and not truth prevail in the land; For they 7proceed from evil to evil, And they 8do not know Me," declares the LORD.

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4 "Let everyone 9be on guard against his neighbor, And 10do not trust any brother; Because every 11brother deals craftily, And every neighbor 12goes about as a slanderer.

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    • c 9:4 - I.e. like Jacob (a play on words)
      5 "Everyone 13deceives his neighbor And does not speak the truth, They have taught their tongue to speak lies; They 14weary themselves committing iniquity.

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      6 "Your 15dwelling is in the midst of deceit; Through deceit they 16refuse to know Me," declares the LORD.

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      7 Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, "Behold, I will refine them and 17assay them; For 18what else can I do, because * of the daughter of My people?

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      8 "Their 19tongue is a deadly arrow; It speaks deceit; With his mouth one 20speaks peace to his neighbor, But inwardly he 21sets an ambush for him.

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      9 "22Shall I not punish them for these things?" declares the LORD. "On a nation such as this Shall I not avenge Myself?

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      10 "For the 23mountains I will take up a weeping and wailing, And for the pastures of the 24wilderness a dirge, Because they are 25laid waste so * that no one passes through, And the lowing of the cattle is not heard; Both the 26birds of the sky and the beasts have fled; they are gone.

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      11 "I will make Jerusalem a 27heap of ruins, A haunt of 28jackals; And I will make the cities of Judah a 29desolation, without inhabitant."

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      12 Who is the 30wise man that may understand this? And who is he to whom 31the mouth of the LORD has spoken, that he may declare it? 32Why * is the land ruined, laid waste like a desert, so * that no one passes through?

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      13 The LORD said, "Because they have 33forsaken My law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice nor walked according to it,

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      14 but have 34walked after the stubbornness of their heart and after the 35Baals, as their 36fathers taught them,"

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      15 therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "behold, 37I will feed them, this people, with wormwood and give them 38poisoned water to drink.

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      16 "I will 39scatter them among the nations, whom neither they nor their fathers have known; and I will send the 40sword after them until I have annihilated them."

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      17 Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Consider and call for the 41mourning women, that they may come; And send for the 42wailing women, that they may come!

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      18 "Let them make haste and take up a wailing for us, That our 43eyes may shed tears And our eyelids flow with water.

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      19 "For a voice of 44wailing is heard from Zion, '45How are we ruined! We are put to great shame, For we have 46left the land, Because they have cast down our dwellings.' "

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      20 Now hear the word of the LORD, O you 47women, And let your ear receive the word of His mouth; Teach your daughters wailing, And everyone her neighbor a dirge.

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      21 For 48death has come up through our windows; It has entered our palaces To cut off the 49children from the streets, The young men from the town squares.

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      22 Speak, "Thus says the LORD, 'The corpses of men will fall 50like dung on the open field, And like the sheaf after * the reaper, But no one will gather them."'

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      23 Thus says the LORD, "51Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the 52mighty man boast of his might, let not a 53rich man boast of his riches;

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      24 but let him who boasts 54boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who 55exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I 56delight in these things," declares the LORD.

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      25 "Behold, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "that I will punish all who are circumcised and yet 57uncircumcised -

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      26 Egypt and Judah, and Edom and the sons of Ammon, and Moab and 58all those inhabiting the desert who clip the hair on their temples; for all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are 59uncircumcised of heart."

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