Jeremiah 9

1
Jr 8:23 in Hb
If my head were a spring of water,

my eyes a fountain of tears,
I would weep day and night b
over the slain of my dear
Lit slain among the daughter of my
people.
2
Jr 9:1 in Hb
If only I had a traveler’s lodging place
in the wilderness,
I would abandon my people
and depart from them,
for they are all adulterers e
a solemn assembly of treacherous people. f

3 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. g
This is the Lord’s declaration.

Imminent Ruin and Exile

4 Everyone has to be on guard against his friend.
Don’t trust any brother,
for every brother will certainly deceive,
and every friend spread slander. h
5 Each one betrays his friend;
no one tells the truth.
They have taught their tongues to speak lies;
they wear themselves out doing wrong.
6 You live in a world of deception.
LXX reads Oppression on oppression, deceit on deceit

In their deception they refuse to know Me. j
This is the Lord’s declaration.

7 Therefore, this is what the Lord of
Hosts/hosts: Military forces consisting of God's angels, sometimes including the sun, moon, and stars, and occasionally, Israel
Hosts says:

I am about to refine them and test them, l
for what else can I do
because of My dear
Lit of the daughter of My
people?
LXX, Tg read because of their evils

8 Their tongues are deadly arrows
they speak deception. o
With his mouth
a man speaks peaceably with his friend,
but inwardly he sets up an ambush.
9 Should I not punish them for these things?
This is the Lord’s declaration.

Should I not avenge Myself p
on such a nation as this?

10 I will raise weeping and a lament
over the mountains,
a dirge over the wilderness grazing land,
for they have been so scorched
that no one passes through.
The sound of cattle is no longer heard.
From the birds of the sky to the animals q
everything has fled – they have gone away.
11 I will make Jerusalem a heap of rubble r
a jackals’ den. s
I will make the cities of Judah a desolation,
an uninhabited place.

12 Who is the man wise enough to understand this? t Who has the Lord spoken to, that he may explain it? Why is the land destroyed and scorched like a wilderness, so no one can pass through?

13The Lord said, “It is because they abandoned My instruction u that I set in front of them and did not obey My voice or walk according to it. 14Instead, they followed the stubbornness of their hearts v and followed after the
Baal: A fertility god who was the main god of the Canaanite religion and the god of rain and thunderstorms; also the Hebrew word meaning "lord," "master," "owner," or "husband"
Baals as their fathers taught them.” x
15 Therefore, this is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: “I am about to feed this people
wormwood: A small shrub used as a medicinal herb, noted for its bitter taste
wormwood z and give them poisonous water to drink. aa
16I will scatter them among the nations ab that they and their fathers have not known. I will send a sword after them until I have finished them off.”

Mourning over Judah

17 This is what the Lord of Hosts says:

Consider, and summon the women who mourn; ac
send for the skillful women.
18 Let them come quickly to raise a lament over us
so that our eyes may overflow with tears,
our eyelids soaked with weeping.
19 For a sound of lamentation is heard from
Zion: Originally a term for the fortified section of Jerusalem and then, by extension, used for the temple and the city of Jerusalem both in the present time and in the future
Zion:
How devastated we are.
We are greatly ashamed ae
for we have abandoned the land;
our dwellings have been torn down.

20 Now hear the word of the Lord, you women.
Pay attention to
Lit Your ears must receive
the word of His mouth.
Teach your daughters a lament
and one another a dirge,
21 for Death ag has climbed through our windows;
it has entered our fortresses,
cutting off children from the streets,
young men from the squares.

22 Speak as follows:This is what the Lord says:

Human corpses will fall
like manure on the surface of the field,
like newly cut grain ah after the reaper
with no one to gather it.

Boast in the Lord

23 This is what the Lord says:

The wise man must not boast in his wisdom;
the strong man must not boast in his strength;
the wealthy man must not boast in his wealth.
24 But the one who boasts should boast in this,
that he understands and knows Me ai
that I am
Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.
Yahweh, showing faithful love,
justice, and righteousness on the earth,
for I delight in these things.
This is the Lord’s declaration.

25“The days are coming” – the Lord’s declaration – “when I will punish all the circumcised yet uncircumcised: ak 26 Egypt, Judah, Edom, the Ammonites, Moab, and all the inhabitants of the desert who clip the hair on their temples.
Or who live in distant places
All these nations are uncircumcised, and the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart.” am
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