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Jeremiah 9:3-9 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

They bend their tongue like a bow;
    falsehood and not truth has grown strong[a] in the land;
for they proceed from evil to evil,
    and they do not know me, says the Lord.

Let every one beware of his neighbor,
    and put no trust in any brother;
for every brother is a supplanter,
    and every neighbor goes about as a slanderer.
Every one deceives his neighbor,
    and no one speaks the truth;
they have taught their tongue to speak lies;
    they commit iniquity and are too weary to repent.[b]
Heaping oppression upon oppression, and deceit upon deceit,
    they refuse to know me, says the Lord.

Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts:

“Behold, I will refine them and test them,
    for what else can I do, because of my people?
Their tongue is a deadly arrow;
    it speaks deceitfully;
with his mouth each speaks peaceably to his neighbor,
    but in his heart he plans an ambush for him.
Shall I not punish them for these things? says the Lord;
    and shall I not avenge myself
    on a nation such as this?

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 9:3 Gk: Heb and not for truth they have grown strong
  2. Jeremiah 9:5 Cn Compare Gk: Heb your dwelling
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