[a] (A)Oh that my head were waters,
    and my eyes a fountain of tears,
that I might weep day and night
    for the slain of (B)the daughter of my people!
[b] Oh that I had in the desert
    a travelers' lodging place,
that I might leave my people
    and go away from them!
For they are all (C)adulterers,
    a company of (D)treacherous men.
(E)They bend their tongue like a bow;
    falsehood and not truth has grown strong[c] in the land;
for they proceed from evil to evil,
    (F)and they do not know me, declares the Lord.

(G)Let everyone beware of his neighbor,
    and put no trust in any brother,
for every (H)brother is a deceiver,
    and every neighbor (I)goes about as a slanderer.
Everyone deceives his neighbor,
    and no one speaks the truth;
they have taught their tongue to speak lies;
    they weary themselves committing iniquity.
Heaping oppression upon oppression, and deceit upon deceit,
    (J)they refuse to know me, declares the Lord.

Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts:
“Behold, (K)I will refine them and (L)test them,
    for what else can I do, (M)because of my people?
(N)Their tongue is a deadly arrow;
    (O)it speaks deceitfully;
with his mouth (P)each speaks peace to his neighbor,
    but in his heart (Q)he plans an ambush for him.
(R)Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the Lord,
    and shall I not avenge myself
    on a nation such as this?

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 9:1 Ch 8:23 in Hebrew
  2. Jeremiah 9:2 Ch 9:1 in Hebrew
  3. Jeremiah 9:3 Septuagint; Hebrew and not for truth they have grown strong

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