1a O that my head were a spring of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, so that I might weep day and night for the slain of my poor people!
2b O that I had in the desert a traveler's lodging place, that I might leave my people and go away from them! For they are all adulterers, a band of traitors.
They bend their tongues like bows; they have grown strong in the land for falsehood, and not for truth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not know me, says the Lord.
Beware of your neighbors, and put no trust in any of your kin; c for all your kin d are supplanters, and every neighbor goes around like a slanderer.
They all deceive their neighbors, and no one speaks the truth; they have taught their tongues to speak lies; they commit iniquity and are too weary to repent. e6
Oppression upon oppression, deceit f upon deceit! They refuse to know me, says the Lord.
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