Jeremiah 9:5-13New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
5 One friend cheats another. No one tells the truth. They have taught their tongues how to lie. They wear themselves out sinning. 6 Jeremiah, you live among people who tell lies. When they lie, they refuse to pay any attention to me,” announces the Lord.
7 So the Lord who rules over all says,
“I will put them through the fire to test them. What else can I do? My people are so sinful! 8 Their tongues are like deadly arrows. They tell lies. With their mouths all of them speak kindly to their neighbors. But in their hearts they set traps for them. 9 Shouldn’t I punish them for this?” announces the Lord. “Shouldn’t I pay back the nation that does these things?”
10 I will cry and mourn over the mountains. I will sing a song of sadness about the desert grasslands. They are dry and empty. No one travels through them. The mooing of cattle isn’t heard there. The birds have flown away. All the animals are gone.
11 The Lord says, “I will knock down all of Jerusalem’s buildings. I will make it a home for wild dogs. The towns of Judah will be completely destroyed. No one will be able to live in them.”
12 Who is wise enough to understand these things? Who has been taught by the Lord? Who can explain them? Why has the land been destroyed so completely? Why has it become like a desert that no one can go across?
13 The Lord answered me, “Because my people have turned away from my law. I gave it to them. But they have not kept it. They have not obeyed me.
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