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 1 Oh that my head were waters

 and my eyes a fountain of tears,

 that I might weep day and night

 over the slain of the daughter of my people!


 2 Oh that I had in the wilderness

 a lodging place for traveling men

 so that I might leave my people

 and go from them!

 For they are all adulterers,

 an assembly of treacherous men.


They bend their tongue as 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 do not know me,

 says Yahweh.


Take heed everyone of his neighbor,

 and do not trust in any brother;

 for every brother will utterly supplant,

 and every neighbor will go about with slanders.


 5 They will deceive everyone his neighbor,

 and will not speak the truth;

 they have taught their tongue to speak lies;

 they weary themselves to commit iniquity.


 6 Your habitation is in the middle of deceit;

 through deceit they refuse to know me,

 says Yahweh.


7Therefore this is what Yahweh of Armies says,

 “Behold, I will melt them, and test them;

 for how should I deal

 with the daughter of my people?


 8 Their tongue is a deadly arrow;

 it speaks deceit.

 One speaks peaceably to his neighbor

 with his mouth,

 but in his heart he lays wait for him.


 9 Should I not punish them for these things?”

 says Yahweh.

 “Should not my soul be avenged

 on such a nation as this?


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

 and a lamentation for the pastures of the wilderness,

 because they are burned up

 so that no one passes through,

 nor can men hear the voice of the livestock;

 both the birds of heaven and the animals have fled;

 they are gone.


 11 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? Who is he to whom the mouth of Yahweh has spoken, that he may declare it? Why is the land perished and burned up like a wilderness, so that none passes through?

13Yahweh says, “Because they have forsaken my law that I set before them and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked in it,
  14but have walked according to the stubbornness of their own heart and according to the Baals that their fathers taught them,
  15therefore this is what Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘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 until I have consumed them.’”
  17This is what Yahweh of Armies says:

 “Consider, and call for the mourning women,

 that they may come,

 and send for the skillful women, that they may come;


 18 and 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.


 19 For 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.’”


Yet hear the word of Yahweh, you women,

 and let your ear receive the word of his mouth;

 and teach your daughters wailing,

 and everyone her neighbor lamentation.


 21 For death has come up into our windows,

 it is entered into our palaces,

 to cut off the children from outside

 and the young men from the streets.


22Speak, “This is what Yahweh says:

 ‘The dead bodies of men will fall

 as dung on the open field

 and as the handful after the harvester,

 and none will gather them.’”


23This is what Yahweh says:

 “Do not let the wise man glory in his wisdom,

 neither let the mighty man glory in his might,

 do not let the rich man glory in his riches;


 24 but let him who glories glory in this,

 that he has understanding and knows me,

 that I am Yahweh who exercises loving kindness,

 justice, and righteousness in the earth,

 for in these things I delight,

 says Yahweh.


25Behold, the days come, says Yahweh, that I will punish all those who are circumcised in uncircumcision:
  26Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that have the corners of their hair cut off who dwell in the wilderness; for all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart.”

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