A Lament over Zion1 ▼
▼ 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!
▼ 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.
4“Let 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.
5“Everyone 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.
11“I 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!
18“Let them make haste and take up a wailing for us,
That our au eyes may shed tears
And our eyelids flow with water.
19“For 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. 25“Behold, 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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