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and my eyes a fountain of tears,
so that I might weep day and night,
for the slain of the daughter of my people.
2 ⌊Oh that I had⌋c in the desert a place of overnight lodging for travelers,
that I may leave my people and go from them,
for all of them are adulterers,
a band of traitors.
for falsehood and not truth is superior in the land,
for they go forthd from evil to evil,
and they do not know me,” ⌊declares⌋e Yahweh.
4 “Let everyone be on your guard against his neighbor,
and you must not trust in any brother,
for everyone surely betrays,
and every neighbor goes about with slander.
and they do not speak the truth,
they are tired from going astray.
“Look, I am about to refine them,
and I will test them,
for what else can I do,
because of the ⌊presence⌋j of the daughter of my people?
it speaks deceit.
With his mouth he speaks peace with his neighbor,
but in his inner parts he sets up his ambush.
9 Because of these things shall I not punish them?” ⌊declares⌋k Yahweh,
“On a nation that is like this shall I not take revenge?
and for the pastures of the desert a lament,
because they are laid waste so that no man passes through.
And the soundsl of cattle are not heard,
they have fled, they are gone.
and the towns of Judah I will make a desolation, ⌊without inhabitants⌋.o
And to whom has the mouth of Yahweh spoken, so that he may declare it?
Why is the land destroyed?
It is laid waste like the desertp so that no one passes through.”
13 And Yahweh said, “Because of their forsaking my law that I set ⌊before⌋q them, and they have not obeyed my voice, and have not walked in it, 14 but they went after the stubbornness of their heart, and after the Baals, which their ancestorsr taught them.” 15 Therefore thus says Yahweh of hosts, the God of Israel, “Look, I am feeding this people wormwood, and providing drink for them, water of poison, 16 and I will scatter them among the nations that they have not known, they and their ancestors,s and I will send the sword after them until I bring them to an end.”
“Consider closely, and call for the wailing women, so that they come,
and send for the skillful women, so that they come.
and let them lift up wailing over us,
so that our eyes may melt with tears,
and our eyelids may flow with water.
‘How we are devastated!
We are very ashamed because we have left the land,
because they have overthrown our dwelling places.’
and let your ear receive the word of his mouth,
and teach your daughters a lamentation,
and each woman her neighbor a lament.
it has entered into our fortresses,
the young men from the public squares.
22 Speak, ‘thus ⌊declares⌋v Yahweh:
“The dead body of the human will fall
like dung upon the surface of the field,
and like cut grain behind the reaper,
and there is no one who gathers.” ’ ”
23 Thus says Yahweh,
“The wise man must not boast in his wisdom,
and the warrior must not boast in his might,
the wealthy man must not boast in his wealth.
24 ⌊But only⌋w in this must the one who boasts boast,
that he has insight,
and that he knows me,
that I am Yahweh,
showing loyal love, justice, and righteousness on the earth,
for in these things I delight,” ⌊declares⌋x Yahweh.
25 “Look, days are coming,” ⌊declares⌋y Yahweh, “and I will call into account all those who are circumcised in the foreskin: 26 Egypt, Judah, and Edom, and the ⌊Ammonites⌋,z and Moab, and all those who are trimmed to the side, those who live in the desert,a for all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised of heart.”
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