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Jeremiah 9 - NIV


Oh, that my head were a spring of water
and my eyes a fountain of tears!
I would weep day and night
for the slain of my people.

2 Oh, that I had in the desert
a lodging place for travelers,
so that I might leave my people
and go away from them;
for they are all adulterers,
a crowd of unfaithful people.


“They make ready their tongue
like a bow, to shoot lies;
it is not by truth
that they triumph[a] in the land.
They go from one sin to another;
they do not acknowledge me,”
declares the Lord.

4 “Beware of your friends;
do not trust anyone in your clan.
For every one of them is a deceiver,[b]
and every friend a slanderer.

5 Friend deceives friend,
and no one speaks the truth.
They have taught their tongues to lie;
they weary themselves with sinning.

6 You[c] live in the midst of deception;
in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me,”
declares the Lord.

7 Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty says:

“See, I will refine and test them,
for what else can I do
because of the sin of my people?

8 Their tongue is a deadly arrow;
it speaks deceitfully.
With their mouths they all speak cordially to their neighbors,
but in their hearts they set traps for them.

9 Should I not punish them for this?”
declares the Lord.
“Should I not avenge myself
on such a nation as this?”


I will weep and wail for the mountains
and take up a lament concerning the wilderness grasslands.
They are desolate and untraveled,
and the lowing of cattle is not heard.
The birds have all fled
and the animals are gone.


“I will make Jerusalem a heap of ruins,
a haunt of jackals;
and I will lay waste the towns of Judah
so no one can live there.”

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.”

17 This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“Consider now! Call for the wailing women to come;
send for the most skillful of them.

18 Let them come quickly
and wail over us
till our eyes overflow with tears
and water streams from our eyelids.

19 The sound of wailing is heard from Zion:
‘How ruined we are!
How great is our shame!
We must leave our land
because our houses are in ruins.’”


Now, you women, hear the word of the Lord;
open your ears to the words of his mouth.
Teach your daughters how to wail;
teach one another a lament.

21 Death has climbed in through our windows
and has entered our fortresses;
it has removed the children from the streets
and the young men from the public squares.

22 Say, “This is what the Lord declares:

“‘Dead bodies will lie
like dung on the open field,
like cut grain behind the reaper,
with no one to gather them.’”

23 This is what the Lord says:

“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
or the strong boast of their strength
or the rich boast of their riches,

24 but let the one who boasts boast about this:
that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,”
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.”


a. Jeremiah 9:3 Or lies;they are not valiant for truth
b. Jeremiah 9:4 Or a deceiving Jacob
c. Jeremiah 9:6 That is, Jeremiah (the Hebrew is singular)
d. Jeremiah 9:26 Or wilderness and who clip the hair by their foreheads

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A Boost for not boasting!!!
Shared by: suresh manoharan on Oct, 2016
Summary: In this message Yours Truly endeavours to give a boost as it were for not boasting unnecessarily by bringing out the Biblical mandate on what we need to need to boast about and what we need to be silently thankful to the Lord for!!!
Scripture: Jeremiah 9:23-24
Denomination: *other
Views: 14
Gerald Roberts avatar
"The Brighter-Side of Life"
Shared by: Gerald Roberts on Sep, 2016
Summary: Jeremiah gave not such a bright sided outcome for Israel. But there is a bright side there is a balm, it our choice or decision to repent and return to God.
Scripture: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 152
Christopher Holdsworth avatar
The God Who Weeps
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Jun, 2016
Summary: Man’s resources have run out, and there is no healing “balm” for the malady of sin apart from the blood of Jesus.
based on 6 ratings
Views: 1,187
Ian Humphrey avatar
"The harvest is past"
Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Summary: Harvest Past
Scripture: Jeremiah 8:4-9:1
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 155
Craig Condon avatar
Prayer-God’s Natural Pain-killer
Shared by: Craig Condon on Sep, 2015
Summary: Jesus calls on us to use our God-given gifts, including prayer, to further our faith and God’s work in this world. If we are successful, we will receive the help we need to cope with life’s challenges.
William R. Nabaza avatar
JESUS is Both - All In All
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Oct, 2014
Summary: To show that JESUS is our All in All, He's Everything to us. 21 Characteristics of JESUS. I learned this from my dream dated October 11, 2014, then I researched each one from the Bible to get the proof of text. GLORY to GOD!
Scripture: Jeremiah 9:24
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 1,525
Dan Cormie avatar
Give Thanks
Shared by: Dan Cormie on Oct, 2014
Summary: Canadian Thanksgiving message 2014
Scripture: Jeremiah 9:23-24
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 972
Greg Brown avatar
Theology Proper: Knowing God as the Highest Good
Shared by: Greg Brown on Aug, 2014
Summary: Introduction to Theology Proper: Knowing God is the highest good we can seek in life and from this intimate knowledge every other good flows.
Gerald Roberts avatar
Is there a Balm?
Shared by: Gerald Roberts on Sep, 2013
Summary: The sermon leads us to consider our sins and the balm or cure for our sin is in Jesus Christ.
Scripture: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 859
Zachariah king avatar
you have No security but in Christ
Shared by: Zachariah king on Sep, 2013
Summary: You have no security None in this world , nothing you can say it is without end Our jobs , our positions in life, money & even governments They all burn with a flicker and pass away, but where do you stand? What is your security in?
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Jeremiah 9:23-24
Views: 469
Dr. David  L. Lane avatar
Shared by: Dr. David L. Lane on May, 2013
Summary: Since every person must face death, this message helps death with the death of someone we love when death has climbed through their windown.
based on 4 ratings
Views: 6,639
Davon Huss avatar
God is Like...
Shared by: Davon Huss on Jan, 2013
Summary: A sermon on why is it necessary that we study God. (Much material taken from J.B. Phillips book, Your God Is Too Small, and outline taken from God Most High by Dr. Jack Cottrell, pg. 16-17)
Gregory Lilly avatar
I Glory In God
Shared by: Gregory Lilly on Jan, 2013
Summary: Many people boast about their wisdom, might, or riches, but Jeremiah shares in this message the only true reason to glory. If you want to glory in anything, glory in God and proclaim His power throughout the world.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Jeremiah 9:23-24
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,420
Stephen  Fournier avatar
THE TRINITY 5 - Is It THAT Important?
Shared by: Stephen Fournier on Oct, 2012
Summary: Message on the Triune nature of God
Series: The Trinity
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Jeremiah 9:23-24
Denomination: Bible Church
Views: 608
Horace  Wimpey avatar
Pedigree "FJC"
Shared by: Horace Wimpey on Apr, 2012
Summary: In jeremiah we are told not to brag about ourselves but to brag about God and our relationship with Him.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Jeremiah 9:23-24
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 839
John Herrmann avatar
What To Do When The Fireworks Aren't There
Shared by: John Herrmann on Jun, 2011
Summary: Appropriate for July 4th Weekend, this sermon offers a brief glimpse into where freedom and celebration are perhaps lacking in the Christian life and how joy and freedom are ultimately to be found in Christ alone.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Jeremiah 9:9-12
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 1,774
Ralph Andrus avatar
Life’s Major Pursuit
Shared by: Ralph Andrus on Feb, 2010
Summary: Pursuing God ❶. Gives us a Desire to Be Like Him ❷. Reveals the Truth About Ourselves ❸. Enables Us to Interpret Our World ❹. Makes Us Stronger & More Secur
based on 119 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,926,207
Living by the Word
Shared by: TOM TARPLEY on Jan, 2010
Summary: Benefits of knowing God's Word
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Jeremiah 9:23-25
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 1,507
Ralph Andrus avatar
Thriving in a Changing World
Shared by: Ralph Andrus on Jan, 2010
Summary: What Does The Bible Say About Prosperity & Success? ❶. Is it Wealth? ❷. Is it Approval? ❸. Is it Ministry?
Scripture: Jeremiah 9:23-24
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 857
Denise Raterta avatar
Shared by: Denise Raterta on Oct, 2009
Summary: Backsliding itself is of course horrendous. But it gets doubly shameful and we’ll end up dishonoring God even more when we repent without fully knowing exactly how we have offended God.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Jeremiah 9:23-24
Denomination: *other
Views: 1,150
James May avatar
Legend of the Fall
Shared by: James May on Oct, 2009
Summary: The pattern, or Legend, of the fall of a man, or a nation, into judgment never changes. Neither does the sorrow of the Man of God as he watches it happen even though he does all he can to stop it.
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Jeremiah 8:18-9:7
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,244
David DiYanni avatar
What Do You Believe? Islam Part 4
Shared by: David DiYanni on Aug, 2008
Summary: This is a sermon series that looks at false religions and cults and how they differ from Biblcial Christianity
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Jeremiah 9:23-24
Denomination: Vineyard
Views: 407
Billy Noel avatar
The God You Can Know
Shared by: Billy Noel on Jun, 2008
Summary: J Sidlow Baxter says God is a mystery, yet God says in Jeremiah 4: 23-24 that you and I can understand and know Him, knowing God is a process, you must seek Him and get to know Him by experience and divine revelation
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Jeremiah 9:23-24
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 947
Bruce Allen avatar
The Lord's Delight
Shared by: Bruce Allen on Apr, 2008
Summary: If you are going to boast - do not boast in what you can do with your wisdom, might, and riches. Instead when you glory - glory in the Lord.
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Jeremiah 9:23-24
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,786
Richard Schwedes avatar
God's light shining through darkness
Shared by: Richard Schwedes on Jan, 2008
Summary: A sermon with an Australia Day emphasis, that reminds us how God’s light is constantly breaking through darkness to save people.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Jeremiah 9:1-4
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 1,483
Tim Patrick avatar
Jesus, Everlasting Father
Shared by: Tim Patrick on Dec, 2007
Summary: In this sermon you will consider the phrase, "Everlasting Father," taken from Isaiah 9:6 in referring to Jesus
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Jeremiah 9:6-7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4,272
Kellie Rupard-Schorr avatar
Finding the Balm in Gilead
Shared by: Kellie Rupard-Schorr on Oct, 2007
Summary: Jeremiah asks about healing for the people of Israel. How can we find our own healing?
based on 35 ratings
Scripture: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1
Denomination: *other
Views: 12,742
Colin Bain avatar
The Weeping Prophet
Shared by: Colin Bain on Feb, 2007
Summary: Describes and contrasts the hearts of the Pastor, the People and God, leading to reconciliation.
based on 12 ratings
Scripture: Jeremiah 9:1-6
Denomination: Salvation Army
Views: 3,737
Brent Charles avatar
The Fearful Father
Shared by: Brent Charles on Oct, 2006
Summary: A message to exhort Fathers towards Godly fear and holiness.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Jeremiah 9:23-24
Denomination: Bible Church
Views: 637
Ramsey Ledford avatar
The Things God Delights In
Shared by: Ramsey Ledford on Jul, 2005
Summary: To often people are consumed with their status in society or the way people percieve them to be when we should first and formost be concerned with how well we please God.
based on 48 ratings
Scripture: Jeremiah 9:23-24
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 6,187