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Jeremiah 8:18-9:2 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

The Prophet Mourns for the People

18 My grief is beyond healing,[a]
    my heart is sick within me.
19 Hark, the cry of the daughter of my people
    from the length and breadth of the land:
“Is the Lord not in Zion?
    Is her King not in her?”
“Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images,
    and with their foreign idols?”
20 “The harvest is past, the summer is ended,
    and we are not saved.”
21 For the wound of the daughter of my people is my heart wounded,
    I mourn, and dismay has taken hold on me.

22 Is there no balm in Gilead?
    Is there no physician there?
Why then has the health of the daughter of my people
    not been restored?
[b] O that my head were waters,
    and my eyes a fountain of tears,
that I might weep day and night
    for the slain of the daughter of my people!
[c] O that I had in the desert
    a wayfarers’ lodging place,
that I might leave my people
    and go away from them!
For they are all adulterers,
    a company of treacherous men.

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 8:18 Cn: Compare Gk: Heb uncertain
  2. Jeremiah 9:1 Ch 8.23 in Heb
  3. Jeremiah 9:2 Ch 9.1 in Heb
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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