Jeremiah 8:18-9:11New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
18 You who are my Comforter[a] in sorrow, my heart is faint within me. 19 Listen to the cry of my people from a land far away: ‘Is the Lord not in Zion? Is her King no longer there?’
‘Why have they aroused my anger with their images, with their worthless foreign idols?’
20 ‘The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved.’
21 Since my people are crushed, I am crushed; I mourn, and horror grips me. 22 Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people? 9 [b]Oh, that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears! I would weep day and night for the slain of my people. 2 Oh, that I had in the desert a lodging place for travellers, so that I might leave my people and go away from them; for they are all adulterers, a crowd of unfaithful people.
3 ‘They make ready their tongue like a bow, to shoot lies; it is not by truth that they triumph[c] in the land. They go from one sin to another; they do not acknowledge me,’ declares the Lord. 4 ‘Beware of your friends; do not trust anyone in your clan. For every one of them is a deceiver,[d] and every friend a slanderer. 5 Friend deceives friend, and no one speaks the truth. They have taught their tongues to lie; they weary themselves with sinning. 6 You[e] live in the midst of deception; in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me,’ declares the Lord.
7 Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty says:
‘See, I will refine and test them, for what else can I do because of the sin of my people? 8 Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaks deceitfully. With their mouths they all speak cordially to their neighbours, but in their hearts they set traps for them. 9 Should I not punish them for this?’ declares the Lord. ‘Should I not avenge myself on such a nation as this?’
10 I will weep and wail for the mountains and take up a lament concerning the wilderness grasslands. They are desolate and untravelled, and the lowing of cattle is not heard. The birds have all fled and the animals are gone.
11 ‘I will make Jerusalem a heap of ruins, a haunt of jackals; and I will lay waste the towns of Judah so that no one can live there.’
Jeremiah 8:18The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
Jeremiah 9:1In Hebrew texts 9:1 is numbered 8:23, and 9:2-26 is numbered 9:1-25.
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