9 1Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears,
that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!
2Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging-place of wayfaring men; that I
might leave my people, and go from them! for they are all adulterers, an
assembly of treacherous men.
3And they bend their tongue, as it
were their bow, for falsehood; and they are grown strong in the land, but
not for truth: for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me,
4Take ye heed every one of his neighbor, and trust ye not
in any brother; for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbor
will go about with slanders.
5And they will deceive every one his
neighbor, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to
speak lies; they weary themselves to commit iniquity.
6Thy habitation is
in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith Jehovah.
7Therefore thus saith Jehovah of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try
them; for how else should I do, because of the daughter of my people?
8Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaketh deceit: one speaketh
peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, but in his heart he layeth wait for
9Shall I not visit them for these things? saith Jehovah; shall not
my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
10For the mountains will I
take up a weeping and wailing, and for the pastures of the wilderness a
lamentation, because they are burned up, so that none passeth through;
neither can men hear the voice of the cattle; both the birds of the heavens
and the beasts are fled, they are gone.
11And I will make Jerusalem
heaps, a dwelling-place of jackals; and I will make the cities of Judah a
desolation, without inhabitant.
12Who is the wise man, that may
understand this? and who is he to whom the mouth of Jehovah hath
spoken, that he may declare it? wherefore is the land perished and burned up
like a wilderness, so that none passeth through?
13And Jehovah saith,
Because they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not
obeyed my voice, neither walked therein,
14but have walked after the
stubbornness of their own heart, and after the Baalim, which their fathers
15therefore thus saith Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel,
Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them
water of gall to drink.
16I will scatter them also among the nations,
whom neither they nor their fathers have known; and I will send the sword
after them, till I have consumed them.
17Thus saith Jehovah of hosts,
Consider ye, and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send
for the skilful women, that they may come:
18and let them make haste, and
take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our
eyelids gush out with waters.
19For a voice of wailing is heard out of
Zion, How are we ruined! we are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken
the land, because they have cast down our dwellings.
20Yet hear the word
of Jehovah, O ye women, and let your ear receive the word of his mouth; and
teach your daughters wailing, and every one her neighbor lamentation.
21For death is come up into our windows, it is entered into our palaces;
to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the
22Speak, Thus saith Jehovah, The dead bodies of men shall fall
as dung upon the open field, and as the handful after the harvestman; and
none shall gather them.
23Thus saith Jehovah, Let not the wise
man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let
not the rich man glory in his riches;
24but let him that glorieth glory
in this, that he hath understanding, and knoweth me, that I am Jehovah who
exerciseth lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness, in the earth: for in
these things I delight, saith Jehovah.
25Behold, the days come, saith
Jehovah, that I will punish all them that are circumcised in their
26Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon,
and Moab, and all that have the corners of their hair cut off, that
dwell in the wilderness; for all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the
house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart.