Grief over Zion

[a](A)Oh, that my head were waters
And my eyes a fountain of tears,
That I might weep day and night
For those slain of the (B)daughter of my people!
[b](C)Oh that I had in the desert
A travelers’ lodging place;
So that I might leave my people
And go away from them!
For all of them are (D)adulterers,
An assembly of (E)treacherous people.
“They (F)bend their tongues like their bows;
Lies and not truth prevail in the land;
For they (G)proceed from evil to evil,
And they (H)do not know Me,” declares the Lord.
“Let everyone (I)be on guard against his neighbor,
And (J)do not trust any brother;
Because every (K)brother utterly [c]betrays,
And every neighbor (L)goes about as a slanderer.
Everyone (M)deceives his neighbor
And does not speak the truth.
They have taught their tongue to speak lies;
They (N)weary themselves committing wrongdoing.
Your (O)dwelling is in the midst of deceit;
Through deceit they (P)refuse to know Me,” declares the Lord.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 9:1 Ch 8:23 in Heb
  2. Jeremiah 9:2 Ch 9:1 in Heb
  3. Jeremiah 9:4 I.e., like Jacob (a play on words)

Jeremiah’s Prayer and God’s Answer

15 (A)You know, Lord;
Remember me, take notice of me,
And (B)take vengeance for me on my persecutors.
Do not, in view of Your patience, take me away;
Know that (C)for Your sake I endure reproach.
16 Your words were found and I (D)ate them,
And Your (E)words became a joy to me and the delight of my heart;
For I have been (F)called by Your name,
Lord God of armies.
17 I (G)did not sit in a circle of revelers and celebrate.
Because of Your hand upon me I sat (H)alone,
For You (I)filled me with indignation.
18 Why has my pain been endless
And my (J)wound incurable, refusing to be healed?
Will You indeed be to me (K)like a deceptive stream
With water that is unreliable?

19 Therefore, this is what the Lord says:
(L)If you return, then I will restore you—
(M)You will stand before Me;
And (N)if you extract the precious from the worthless,
You will become [a]My spokesman.
They, for their part, may turn to you,
But as for you, you are not to turn to them.
20 Then I will (O)make you to this people
A fortified wall of bronze;
And though they fight against you,
They will not prevail over you;
For (P)I am with you to save you
And rescue you,” declares the Lord.
21 “So I will (Q)rescue you from the hand of the wicked,
And I will (R)redeem you from the [b]grasp of the violent.”

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 15:19 Lit as My mouth
  2. Jeremiah 15:21 Lit palm