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9 Oh athat my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears,

That I might weep day and night for the slain of bthe daughter of my people!

Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of bbwayfaring men;

That I might leave my people, and go from them!

For cthey be all adulterers, dan assembly of etreacherous men.

And fthey bend their tongues like their bow for lies:

But gthey are not valiant for hthe truth upon the earth;

For they proceed from evil to evil,

And hithey know not me, saith the Lord.

kTake ye heed every one of his ||neighbour,

And ktrust ye not in any brother:

For every brother lwill utterly supplant,

And every neighbour mwill walk with slanders.

And they will ||deceive every one his neighbour,

And will not speak the truth:

They have taught their tongue to speak lies,

And weary themselves nto commit iniquity.

Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit;

oThrough deceit they refuse to know me, saith the Lord.

Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts,

Behold, I will pmelt them, and qtry them;

For rhow shall I do for bthe daughter of my people?

fsTheir tongue is as an arrow shot out; tit speaketh deceit:

One uspeaketh peaceably to his neighbour with his mouth,

But in heart vhe layeth ||his wait.

wShall I not visit them for these things? saith the Lord:

Shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

10  For the mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing,

And xfor the ||yhabitations of the wilderness a lamentation,

Because they are ||zburned up, so that none can pass through them;

Neither can men hear the voice of the cattle;

Both athe fowl of the heavens and the beast

aAre fled; they are gone.

11  And I will make Jerusalem bheaps, and ca den of ddragons;

And I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant.

12  eWho is the wise man, that may understand this?

And who is he to whom the mouth of the Lord hath spoken, that he may declare it,

For what the land perisheth

And fis burned up like a wilderness, that none passeth through?

13  And the Lord saith, Because gthey have forsaken my law which I set before them,

And have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein;

14  But hhave walked after the ||himagination of their own heart,

And after Baalim, iwhich their fathers taught them:

15  Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel;

Behold, kI will feed them, even this people, lwith wormwood,

And mgive them water of gall to drink.

16  nI owill scatter them also among the heathen, pwhom neither they nor their fathers have known:

And nqI will send a sword after them, till I have consumed them.

17  Thus saith the Lord of hosts,

Consider ye, and call for rthe mourning women, that they may come;

And send for cunning women, that they may come:

18  And let them make haste, and take up a wailing for us,

That sour eyes may run down with tears,

And our eyelids gush out with waters.

19  For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, tHow are we spoiled!

We are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken the land,

Because our dwellings have ucast us out.

20  Yet hear the word of the Lord, O ye women,

And let your ear receive the word of his mouth,

And teach your daughters wailing,

And every one her neighbour lamentation.

21  For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces,

To cut off vthe children wfrom without, and vthe young men wfrom the streets.

22  Speak, Thus saith the Lord,

Even the carcases of men shall fall xas dung upon the open field,

And as ythe handful after the harvestman, and znone xshall gather them.

23  Thus saith the Lord,

abLet not the wise man glory in his wisdom,

Neither let the mighty man glory in his might,

Let not the rich man glory in his riches:

24  bBut clet him that glorieth glory in this,

That he understandeth and dknoweth me,

That I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth:

For ein these things I delight, saith the Lord.

25  Behold, fthe days come, saith the Lord,

That gI will punish all them which are gcircumcised with the uncircumcised;

26  hEgypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab,

And all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness:

For all these nations are uncircumcised,

And all the house of Israel iare uncircumcised in the heart.

KJV 1900

About King James Version

This King James Version is based upon the Pure Cambridge Edition first published around 1900. It has been carefully typeset to remove any typographical errors and accurately reflects the original text.

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