“They make ready their tongue
    like a bow, to shoot lies;(A)
it is not by truth
    that they triumph[a] in the land.
They go from one sin to another;
    they do not acknowledge(B) me,”
declares the Lord.
“Beware of your friends;(C)
    do not trust anyone in your clan.(D)
For every one of them is a deceiver,[b](E)
    and every friend a slanderer.(F)
Friend deceives friend,(G)
    and no one speaks the truth.(H)
They have taught their tongues to lie;(I)
    they weary themselves with sinning.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 9:3 Or lies; / they are not valiant for truth
  2. Jeremiah 9:4 Or a deceiving Jacob

13 Woe(A) to them,
    because they have strayed(B) from me!
Destruction to them,
    because they have rebelled against me!
I long to redeem them
    but they speak about me(C) falsely.(D)

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12 Your rich people are violent;(A)
    your inhabitants are liars(B)
    and their tongues speak deceitfully.(C)

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Not at all! Let God be true,(A) and every human being a liar.(B) As it is written:

“So that you may be proved right when you speak
    and prevail when you judge.”[a](C)

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 3:4 Psalm 51:4