Jeremiah 9 - Prayer Tents



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Jeremiah 9
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9O that my head were a spring of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, so that I might weep day and night for the slain of my poor people!H5414H7218H4325H5869H4726H1832H1058H3119H3915H2491H1323H5971 2O that I had in the desert a traveler's lodging place, that I might leave my people and go away from them! For they are all adulterers, a band of traitors.H5414H4057H4411H732H5800H5971H3212H5003H6116H898 3They bend their tongues like bows; they have grown strong in the land for falsehood, and not for truth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not know me, says the LORD.H1869H3956H7198H8267H1396H530H776H3318H7451H7451H3045H5002H3068 4Beware of your neighbors, and put no trust in any of your kin; for all your kin are supplanters, and every neighbor goes around like a slanderer.H8104H376H7453H982H251H251H6117H6117H7453H1980H7400 5They all deceive their neighbors, and no one speaks the truth; they have taught their tongues to speak lies; they commit iniquity and are too weary to repent.H2048H376H7453H1696H571H3925H3956H1696H8267H3811H5753 6Oppression upon oppression, deceit upon deceit! They refuse to know me, says the LORD.H3427H8432H4820H4820H3985H3045H5002H3068 7Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts: I will now refine and test them, for what else can I do with my sinful people?H559H3068H6635H6884H974H6213H6440H1323H5971 8Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaks deceit through the mouth. They all speak friendly words to their neighbors, but inwardly are planning to lay an ambush.H3956H2671H7819H1696H4820H1696H7965H7453H6310H7130H7760H696 9Shall I not punish them for these things? says the LORD; and shall I not bring retribution on a nation such as this?H6485H5002H3068H5315H5358H1471 10Take up weeping and wailing for the mountains, and a lamentation for the pastures of the wilderness, because they are laid waste so that no one passes through, and the lowing of cattle is not heard; both the birds of the air and the animals have fled and are gone.H2022H5375H1065H5092H4999H4057H7015H3341H376H5674H8085H6963H4735H5775H8064H929H5074H1980 11I will make Jerusalem a heap of ruins, a lair of jackals; and I will make the towns of Judah a desolation, without inhabitant.H5414H3389H1530H4583H8577H5414H5892H3063H8077H3427 12Who is wise enough to understand this? To whom has the mouth of the LORD spoken, so that they may declare it? Why is the land ruined and laid waste like a wilderness, so that no one passes through?H2450H376H995H6310H3068H1696H5046H776H6H3341H4057H5674 13And the LORD says: Because they have forsaken my law that I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, or walked in accordance with it,H3068H559H5800H8451H5414H6440H8085H6963H1980 14but have stubbornly followed their own hearts and have gone after the Baals, as their ancestors taught them.H3212H310H8307H3820H310H1168H1H3925 15Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: I am feeding this people with wormwood, and giving them poisonous water to drink.H559H3068H6635H430H3478H398H5971H3939H4325H7219H8248 16I will scatter them among nations that neither they nor their ancestors have known; and I will send the sword after them, until I have consumed them.H6327H1471H1H3045H7971H2719H310H3615

The People Mourn in Judgment

17Thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider, and call for the mourning women to come; send for the skilled women to come;H559H3068H6635H995H7121H6969H935H7971H2450H935 18let them quickly raise a dirge over us, so that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids flow with water.H4116H5375H5092H5869H3381H1832H6079H5140H4325 19For a sound of wailing is heard from Zion: "How we are ruined! We are utterly shamed, because we have left the land, because they have cast down our dwellings."H6963H5092H8085H6726H7703H3966H954H5800H776H4908H7993 20Hear, O women, the word of the LORD, and let your ears receive the word of his mouth; teach to your daughters a dirge, and each to her neighbor a lament.H8085H1697H3068H802H241H3947H1697H6310H3925H1323H5092H802H7468H7015 21"Death has come up into our windows, it has entered our palaces, to cut off the children from the streets and the young men from the squares."H4194H5927H2474H935H759H3772H5768H2351H970H7339 22Speak! Thus says the LORD: "Human corpses shall fall like dung upon the open field, like sheaves behind the reaper, and no one shall gather them."H1696H5002H3068H5038H120H5307H1828H6440H7704H5995H310H7114H622 23Thus says the LORD: Do not let the wise boast in their wisdom, do not let the mighty boast in their might, do not let the wealthy boast in their wealth;H559H3068H2450H1984H2451H1368H1984H1369H6223H1984H6239 24but let those who boast boast in this, that they understand and know me, that I am the LORD; I act with steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the LORD.H1984H1984H7919H3045H3068H6213H2617H4941H6666H776H2654H5002H3068 25The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will attend to all those who are circumcised only in the foreskin:H3117H935H5002H3068H6485H4135H6190 26Egypt, Judah, Edom, the Ammonites, Moab, and all those with shaven temples who live in the desert. For all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart.H4714H3063H123H1121H5983H4124H7112H6285H3427H4057H1471H6189H1004H3478H6189H3820


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