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9 Oh, athat my head were waters,

And my eyes a fountain of tears,

That I might weep day and night

For the slain of the daughter of my people!

2 Oh, that I had in the wilderness—

A lodging place for travelers;

That I might leave my people,

And go from them!

For bthey are all adulterers,

An assembly of treacherous men.

3 “And like their bow cthey have bent their tongues for lies.

They are not valiant for the truth on the earth.

For they proceed from devil to evil,

And they edo not know Me,” says the Lord.

4 “Everyone ftake heed to his 1neighbor,

And do not trust any brother;

For every brother will utterly supplant,

And every neighbor will gwalk with slanderers.

5 Everyone will hdeceive his neighbor,

And will not speak the truth;

They have taught their tongue to speak lies;

They weary themselves to commit iniquity.

6 Your dwelling place is in the midst of deceit;

Through deceit they refuse to know Me,” says the Lord.

Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts:

“Behold, iI will refine them and 2try them;

jFor how shall I deal with the daughter of My people?

8 Their tongue is an arrow shot out;

It speaks kdeceit;

One speaks lpeaceably to his neighbor with his mouth,

But 3in his heart he 4lies in wait.

9 mShall I not punish them for these things?” says the Lord.

“Shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?”

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

And nfor the 5dwelling places of the wilderness a lamentation,

Because they are burned up,

So that no one can pass through;

Nor can men hear the voice of the cattle.

oBoth the birds of the heavens and the beasts have fled;

They are gone.

11 “I will make Jerusalem pa heap of ruins, qa den of jackals.

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

12 rWho is the wise man who may understand this? And who is he to whom the mouth of the Lord has spoken, that he may declare it? Why does the land perish and burn up like a wilderness, so that no one can pass through?

13 And the Lord said, “Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them, and have snot obeyed My voice, nor walked according to it, 14 but they have twalked according to the 6dictates of their own hearts and after the Baals, uwhich their fathers taught them,” 15 therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Behold, I will vfeed them, this people, wwith wormwood, and give them 7water of gall to drink. 16 I will xscatter them also among the Gentiles, whom neither they nor their fathers have known. yAnd I will send a sword after them until I have consumed them.”


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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