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Jeremiah 9
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The Lord’s Sorrow for His People

9"Oh, that my head were a spring of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, for then I would cry day and night for those of my people who have been killed.H5414H7218H4325H5869H4726H1832H1058H3119H3915H2491H1323H5971 2Oh, that I had a lodging place for travelers in the desert, so that I could leave my people and go away from them. For all of them are adulterers, a band of traitors.H5414H4057H4411H732H5800H5971H3212H5003H6116H898 3They use their tongues like a bow. Lies rather than truth fly throughout the land. They progress from one evil to another, and they don't know me," declares the Lord.H1869H3956H7198H8267H1396H530H776H3318H7451H7451H3045H5002H3068 4"Beware of your neighbors, and don't trust any of your relatives. For all of your relatives act deceitfully, and every friend goes around as a slanderer.H8104H376H7453H982H251H251H6117H6117H7453H1980H7400 5People deceive their friends, and they don't tell the truth. They have taught their tongues to tell lies. They exhaust themselves practicing evil.H2048H376H7453H1696H571H3925H3956H1696H8267H3811H5753 6You yourself live in the midst of deception, and because they are deceived they do not know me," declares the Lord.H3427H8432H4820H4820H3985H3045H5002H3068 7Therefore, this is what the Lord of the Heavenly Armies says: "Look, I'm about to refine and test them. Because they're my people, what else can I do -H559H3068H6635H6884H974H6213H6440H1323H5971 8Their tongue is a deadly arrow that speaks deceit. With his mouth a person says, 'Peace,' to his friend, but inwardly he sets a trap for him.H3956H2671H7819H1696H4820H1696H7965H7453H6310H7130H7760H696 9Should I not punish them for these things—," asks the Lord, "and should I not avenge myself on a nation like this?H6485H5002H3068H5315H5358H1471 10I'll weep and mourn for the mountains, and lament for the desert pastures, because they are desolate and no one passes through them. They don't hear the lowing of the cattle. Both the birds of the sky and the animals have fled. They're gone!H2022H5375H1065H5092H4999H4057H7015H3341H376H5674H8085H6963H4735H5775H8064H929H5074H1980 11"I'll make Jerusalem a heap of ruins, a refuge for jackals. I'll make the towns of Judah desolate, without inhabitants."H5414H3389H1530H4583H8577H5414H5892H3063H8077H3427

The Reason for Judgment

12Who is the wise person who understands this, and to whom has the Lord spoken so that he may declare it?Why is the land destroyed, ruined like the desert, without anyone passing through it -H2450H376H995H6310H3068H1696H5046H776H6H3341H4057H5674 13The Lord said, "It is because they have forsaken my Law that I gave them. They didn't obey me and didn't live according to it.H3068H559H5800H8451H5414H6440H8085H6963H1980 14Instead, they followed their rebellious hearts and the Baals, as their ancestors taught them."H3212H310H8307H3820H310H1168H1H3925 15Therefore, this is what the Lord of the Heavenly Armies, the God of Israel, says: "Look, I'll make these people eat wormwood and drink poisoned water.H559H3068H6635H430H3478H398H5971H3939H4325H7219H8248 16I'll scatter them among nations that neither they nor their ancestors have known, and I'll pursue them with the sword until I've finished them off."H6327H1471H1H3045H7971H2719H310H3615

A Call to Lament

17This is what the Lord of the Heavenly Armies says: "Think about what I'm saying! Indeed, call out the professional mourners! Send for the best of them to come.H559H3068H6635H995H7121H6969H935H7971H2450H935 18Let them hurry and lament for us. Let tears run down from our eyes, and let our eyelids flow with water.H4116H5375H5092H5869H3381H1832H6079H5140H4325 19For a sound of mourning is heard from Zion: 'How we're ruined! Our shame is very great, because we have left the land, because our houses are torn down.'"H6963H5092H8085H6726H7703H3966H954H5800H776H4908H7993 20"Now, you women, hear the word of the Lord; listen to what he has to say! Teach your daughters how to mourn, let every woman teach her friend how to lament.H8085H1697H3068H802H241H3947H1697H6310H3925H1323H5092H802H7468H7015 21For death comes up through our windows; it has come into our palaces to eliminate children from the streets and young men from the town squares.H4194H5927H2474H935H759H3772H5768H2351H970H7339 22Speak! 'This is what the Lord says: "The corpses of people will fall like dung on the surface of the field, and like a row of cut grain behind the harvester when there is no one to gather it."'"H1696H5002H3068H5038H120H5307H1828H6440H7704H5995H310H7114H622

True Wisdom and the Coming Judgment

23This is what the Lord says: "The wise man is not to boast in his wisdom; the strong man is not to boast in his strength; and the rich man is not to boast in his riches.H559H3068H2450H1984H2451H1368H1984H1369H6223H1984H6239 24Rather, let the one who boasts, boast in this: that he understands and knows me, for I am the Lord who acts with gracious love, justice, and righteousness in the land. I delight in these things," declares the Lord.9H1984H1984H7919H3045H3068H6213H2617H4941H6666H776H2654H5002H3068 25"Look, days are coming," declares the Lord, "when I'll punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh:H3117H935H5002H3068H6485H4135H6190 26Egypt, Judah, Edom, the people of Ammon, Moab, all those who live in the desert and shave the corners of their beard; indeed all the other nations that are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel that is uncircumcised of heart."H4714H3063H123H1121H5983H4124H7112H6285H3427H4057H1471H6189H1004H3478H6189H3820


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