If only my head were a spring of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, I would weep day and night for the wounds of my people.
If only I could flee for shelter in the desert, to leave my people and forget them— for they are all adulterers, a bunch of crooks.
They bend their tongues like bows to spew out lies; they are renowned in the land, but not for truth. They go from bad to worse. They don't know me! declares the LORD.
Be wary of your friends! Don't trust your sibling! Every sibling is a cheater, and every friend traffics in slander.
One cheats the other; no one tells the truth; they train themselves to lie; they wear themselves out by doing wrong.
You live in a world of deceit, and in their deceit they refuse to know me, declares the LORD.
Therefore, the LORD of heavenly forces proclaims: I'm going to refine and test them, for what else can I do with my people?
Their tongue is a lethal arrow; their words are deceitful. They wish their neighbors well, but in their hearts plot their ruin.
Shouldn't I punish them for this? declares the LORD; shouldn't I avenge such a nation?
I will weep and wail for the mountains, and lament for the grazing lands in the wilderness. They are dried up and deserted; no sound of the flocks is heard; no sign of birds or animals is seen; all have vanished.
I will reduce Jerusalem to ruins, a den for wild dogs. I will make the towns of Judah a wasteland, without inhabitant.