1 +09:1 is numbered 8:23 in Hebrew texts.+1 1 Oh, that my head were a spring of water 1 and my eyes a fountain of tears! 1 I would weep day and night 1 for the slain of my people. 1 +09:2-26 is numbered 9:1-25 in Hebrew texts.+1
3 "They make ready their tongue 3 like a bow, to shoot lies; 3 it is not by truth 3 that they triumph[a] in the land. 3 They go from one sin to another; 3 they do not acknowledge me," 3 declares the Lord.
10 I will weep and wail for the mountains 10 and take up a lament concerning the wilderness grasslands. 10 They are desolate and untraveled, 10 and the lowing of cattle is not heard. 10 The birds have all fled 10 and the animals are gone.
12 Who is wise enough to understand this? Who has been instructed by the Lord and can explain it? Why has the land been ruined and laid waste like a desert that no one can cross?
13 The Lord said, "It is because they have forsaken my law, which I set before them; they have not obeyed me or followed my law. 14 Instead, they have followed the stubbornness of their hearts; they have followed the Baals, as their ancestors taught them." 15 Therefore, this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "See, I will make this people eat bitter food and drink poisoned water. 16 I will scatter them among nations that neither they nor their ancestors have known, and I will pursue them with the sword until I have made an end of them."
24 but let those who boast boast about this: 24 that they understand and know me, 24 that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, 24 justice and righteousness on earth, 24 for in these I delight," 24 declares the Lord.
25 "The days are coming," declares the Lord, "when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh— 26 Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab and all who live in the wilderness in distant places.[d] For all these nations are really uncircumcised, and even the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart."
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