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And they bend their tongue like their bow,
    for falsehood and not truth is superior in the land,
for they go forth[a] from evil to evil,
    and they do not know me,” declares[b] Yahweh.

A Nation Characterized by Deceit

“Let everyone be on your guard against his neighbor,
    and you must not trust in any brother,
for everyone surely betrays,
    and every neighbor goes about with slander.
And everyone deceives his neighbor,
    and they do not speak the truth,
they have taught their tongues[c] to speak lies,[d]
    they are tired from going astray.

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  1. Jeremiah 9:3 Or “proceed”
  2. Jeremiah 9:3 Literally “a declaration of”
  3. Jeremiah 9:5 Hebrew “tongue”
  4. Jeremiah 9:5 Hebrew “lie”