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And my eyes a fountain of tears,
That I might weep day and night
For the slain of the bdaughter of my people!
A wayfarers’ lodging place;
That I might leave my people
And go from them!
For all of them are badulterers,
An assembly of ctreacherous men.
3 “They abend their tongue like their bow;
Lies and not truth prevail in the land;
For they bproceed from evil to evil,
And they cdo not know Me,” declares the Lord.
4 “Let everyone abe on guard against his neighbor,
And bdo not trust any brother;
And every neighbor dgoes about as a slanderer.
5 “Everyone adeceives his neighbor
And does not speak the truth,
They have taught their tongue to speak lies;
They bweary themselves committing iniquity.
6 “Your adwelling is in the midst of deceit;
Through deceit they brefuse to know Me,” declares the Lord.
“Behold, I will refine them and aassay them;
For bwhat else can I do, because of the daughter of My people?
8 “Their atongue is a deadly arrow;
It speaks deceit;
With his mouth one bspeaks peace to his neighbor,
But inwardly he csets an ambush for him.
9 “aShall I not punish them for these things?” declares the Lord.
“On a nation such as this
Shall I not avenge Myself?
10 “For the amountains I will take up a weeping and wailing,
And for the pastures of the bwilderness a dirge,
Because they are claid waste so that no one passes through,
And the lowing of the cattle is not heard;
Both the dbirds of the sky and the beasts have fled; they are gone.
11 “I will make Jerusalem a aheap of ruins,
A haunt of bjackals;
And I will make the cities of Judah a cdesolation, without inhabitant.”
12 Who is the awise man that may understand this? And who is he to whom bthe mouth of the Lord has spoken, that he may declare it? cWhy is the land ruined, laid waste like a desert, so that no one passes through?
13 The Lord said, “Because they have aforsaken My law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice nor walked according to it,
“Consider and call for the amourning women, that they may come;
That our aeyes may shed tears
And our eyelids flow with water.
19 “For a voice of awailing is heard from Zion,
‘bHow are we ruined!
We are put to great shame,
For we have cleft the land,
Because they have cast down our dwellings.’ ”
20 Now hear the word of the Lord, O you awomen,
And let your ear receive the word of His mouth;
Teach your daughters wailing,
And everyone her neighbor a dirge.
21 For adeath has come up through our windows;
It has entered our palaces
To cut off the bchildren from the streets,
The young men from the town squares.
‘The corpses of men will fall alike dung on the open field,
And like the sheaf after the reaper,
But no one will gather them.’ ”
24 but let him who boasts aboast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who bexercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I cdelight 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 auncircumcised—
26 Egypt and Judah, and Edom and the sons of Ammon, and Moab and aall those inhabiting the desert who clip the hair on their temples; for all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are buncircumcised of heart.”
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