If only I had a traveler’s lodging place
in the wilderness,(A)
I would abandon my people
and depart from them,
for they are all adulterers,(B)
a solemn assembly of treacherous people.(C)

They bent their tongues like their bows;
lies and not faithfulness prevail in the land,
for they proceed from one evil to another,
and they do not take me into account.(D)
This is the Lord’s declaration.

Imminent Ruin and Exile

Everyone has to be on guard against his friend.
Don’t trust any brother,
for every brother will certainly deceive,(E)
and every friend spread slander.(F)
Each one betrays his friend;(G)
no one tells the truth.
They have taught their tongues to speak lies;
they wear themselves out doing wrong.
You live in a world of deception.[a](H)
In their deception they refuse to know me.(I)
This is the Lord’s declaration.

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Footnotes

  1. 9:6 LXX reads Oppression on oppression, deceit on deceit

Their tongues are deadly arrows—
they speak deception.(A)
With his mouth
one speaks peaceably with his friend,
but inwardly he sets up an ambush.

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The Lord’s Second Lament

13 Woe to them,(A) for they fled from me;(B)
destruction to them, for they rebelled against me!
Though I want to redeem them,(C)
they speak lies against me.

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Judgment on Judah

The Lord says:

I will not relent from punishing Judah(A)
for three crimes, even four,
because they have rejected the instruction of the Lord(B)
and have not kept his statutes.(C)
The lies(D) that their ancestors followed(E)
have led them astray.

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