1 # 9:1 Ch 8:23 in Hebrew #See ch. 13:17 Oh that my head were waters,
and my eyes a fountain of tears,
that I might weep day and night
for the slain of #[See ch. 8:21 above]the daughter of my people!
2 # 9:2 Ch 9:1 in Hebrew Oh that I had in the desert
a travelers’ lodging place,
that I might leave my people
and go away from them!
For they are all #ch. 5:7, 8; 23:10; Hos. 7:4 adulterers,
a company of #Isa. 21:2treacherous men.
3 # [Ps. 64:3] They bend their tongue like a bow;
falsehood and not truth has grown strong#9:3 Septuagint; Hebrew and not for truth they have grown strong in the land;
for they proceed from evil to evil,
# [Judg. 2:10; Hos. 4:1] and they do not know me, declares the Lord.
4 # ch. 12:6; Ps. 41:9; Mic. 7:5 Let everyone beware of his neighbor,
and put no trust in any brother,
for every #[Gen. 27:36] brother is a deceiver,
and every neighbor #ch. 6:28; [Lev. 19:16]goes about as a slanderer.
5Everyone deceives his neighbor,
and no one speaks the truth;
they have taught their tongue to speak lies;
they weary themselves committing iniquity.
6Heaping oppression upon oppression, and deceit upon deceit,
# ch. 8:5 they refuse to know me, declares the Lord.
7Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts:
“Behold, #Isa. 1:25 I will refine them and #ch. 6:27 test them,
for what else can I do, #[See ch. 8:21 above]because of my people?
8 # [Ps. 57:4] Their tongue is a deadly arrow;
# [Ps. 12:2; 120:3] it speaks deceitfully;
with his mouth #Ps. 28:3 each speaks peace to his neighbor,
but in his heart #Hos. 7:6he plans an ambush for him.
9 # ch. 5:9, 29 Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the Lord,
and shall I not avenge myself
on a nation such as this?
10“I will take up weeping and wailing for the mountains,
and a lamentation for #ch. 12:4; Ps. 65:12 the pastures of the wilderness,
# ver. 12 because they are laid waste so that no one passes through,
and the lowing of cattle is not heard;
# ch. 4:25 both the birds of the air and the beasts
have fled and are gone.
Isa. 25:2 I will make Jerusalem a heap of ruins,
# ch. 10:22; 49:33; 51:37 a lair of jackals,
# ch. 34:22; 44:6 and I will make the cities of Judah a desolation,
12 # ch. 23:18; Ps. 107:43; Hos. 14:9 Who is the man so wise that he can understand this? To whom has the mouth of the Lord spoken, that he may declare it? Why is the land ruined #ver. 10and laid waste like a wilderness, so that no one passes through? 13And the Lord says: #[Ps. 89:30-32]“Because they have forsaken my law that I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice or walked in accord with it, 14but #See ch. 3:17have stubbornly followed their own hearts and have gone after the Baals, as their fathers taught them. 15Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: #Deut. 29:18; [Ps. 80:5] Behold, I will feed this people with bitter food, and give them #See ch. 8:14poisonous water to drink. 16#Lev. 26:33; Deut. 28:64 I will scatter them among the nations #ch. 15:14 whom neither they nor their fathers have known, and I will #ch. 14:12; [ch. 49:37; Ezek. 5:2, 12]send the sword after them, until I have consumed them.”
17Thus says the Lord of hosts:
# [2 Chr. 35:25] “Consider, and call for the mourning women to come;
send for the skillful women to come;
18let them make haste #Amos 5:16; [Matt. 9:23; Mark 5:38] and raise a wailing over us,
# ver. 1; ch. 14:17 that our eyes may run down with tears
and our eyelids flow with water.
19For a sound of wailing is heard from Zion:
# ch. 4:13 ‘How we are ruined!
We are utterly shamed,
because we have left the land,
because they have cast down our dwellings.’”
20Hear, O women, the word of the Lord,
and let your ear receive the word of his mouth;
teach to your daughters a lament,
and each to her neighbor a dirge.
21For death has come up into our windows;
it has entered our palaces,
# ch. 6:11 cutting off the children from the streets
and the young men from the squares.
22Speak: “Thus declares the Lord,
# See ch. 8:2 ‘The dead bodies of men shall fall
like dung upon the open field,
# [Lev. 23:22; Job 5:26] like sheaves after the reaper,
and none shall gather them.’”
23Thus says the Lord: #Prov. 3:5; 21:30; Eccles. 9:11“Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, 24but #[Ps. 34:2; 1 Cor. 1:31; 2 Cor. 10:17] let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. #[Mic. 6:8; 7:18]For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”
25“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when #[Isa. 24:21]I will punish all those who are circumcised merely in the flesh— 26#[ch. 25:19-21] Egypt, Judah, Edom, the sons of Ammon, Moab, and #ch. 25:23; 49:32; [Lev. 19:27] all who dwell in the desert who cut the corners of their hair, for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are #Lev. 26:41; Deut. 10:16; Ezek. 44:7; Rom. 2:28, 29; [ch. 4:4]uncircumcised in heart.”