Jeremiah 9

A Lament over Zion

1
Ch 8:23 in Heb
,
b  Oh that my head were waters
And my eyes a fountain of tears,
That I might weep day and night
For the slain of the c  daughter of my people!
2
Ch 9:1 in Heb
,
e  Oh that I had in the desert
A wayfarers’ lodging place;
That I might leave my people
And go from them!
For all of them are f  adulterers,
An assembly of g  treacherous men.
3“They h  bend their tongue like their bow;
Lies and not truth prevail in the land;
For they i  proceed from evil to evil,
And they j  do not know Me,” declares the  Lord.
4Let everyone k  be on guard against his neighbor,
And l  do not trust any brother;
Because every m  brother deals
I.e. like Jacob (a play on words)
craftily,
And every neighbor o  goes about as a slanderer.
5Everyone p  deceives his neighbor
And does not speak the truth,
They have taught their tongue to speak lies;
They q  weary themselves committing iniquity.
6“Your r  dwelling is in the midst of deceit;
Through deceit they s  refuse to know Me,” declares the  Lord.

7Therefore thus says the  Lord of hosts, Behold, I will refine them and t  assay them;
For u  what else can I do, because of the daughter of My people?
8“Their v  tongue is a deadly arrow;
It speaks deceit;
With his mouth one w  speaks peace to his neighbor,
But inwardly he x  sets an ambush for him.
9 y  Shall I not punish them for these things?” declares the  Lord.
On a nation such as this
Shall I not avenge Myself?

10“For the z  mountains I will take up a weeping and wailing,
And for the pastures of the aa  wilderness a dirge,
Because they are ab  laid waste so that no one passes through,
And the lowing of the cattle is not heard;
Both the ac  birds of the sky and the beasts have fled; they are gone.
11I will make Jerusalem a ad  heap of ruins,
A haunt of ae  jackals;
And I will make the cities of Judah a af  desolation, without inhabitant.”

12Who is the ag  wise man that may understand this? And who is he to whom ah  the mouth of the  Lord has spoken, that he may declare it? ai  Why is the land ruined, laid waste like a desert, so that no one passes through? 13The  Lord said, “Because they have aj  forsaken My law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice nor walked according to it, 14but have ak  walked after the stubbornness of their heart and after the al  Baals, as their am  fathers taught them,” 15therefore thus says the  Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “behold an  I will feed them, this people, with wormwood and give them ao  poisoned water to drink. 16“I will ap  scatter them among the nations, whom neither they nor their fathers have known; and I will send the aq  sword after them until I have annihilated them.”

17Thus says the  Lord of hosts, Consider and call for the ar  mourning women, that they may come;
And send for the
Lit skilled
,
at  wailing women, that they may come!
18Let them make haste and take up a wailing for us,
That our au  eyes may shed tears
And our eyelids flow with water.
19For a voice of av  wailing is heard from Zion,
aw  How are we ruined!
We are put to great shame,
For we have ax  left the land,
Because they have cast down our dwellings.’”
20Now hear the word of the  Lord, O you ay  women,
And let your ear receive the word of His mouth;
Teach your daughters wailing,
And everyone her neighbor a dirge.
21For az  death has come up through our windows;
It has entered our palaces
To cut off the ba  children from the streets,
The young men from the town squares.
22Speak, “Thus says the  Lord,
The corpses of men will fall bb  like dung on the open field,
And like the sheaf after the reaper,
But no one will gather them.’”

23Thus says the  Lord bc  Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the bd  mighty man boast of his might, let not a be  rich man boast of his riches; 24but let him who boasts bf  boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the  Lord who bg  exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I bh  delight in these things,” declares the  Lord.

25Behold, the days are coming,” declares the  Lord, “that I will punish all who are circumcised and yet bi  uncircumcised 26Egypt and Judah, and Edom and the sons of Ammon, and Moab and bj  all those inhabiting the desert who clip the hair on their temples; for all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are bk  uncircumcised of heart.”
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