Jeremiah 9 ©
1 The prophet bewaileth the manifold sins of his people, 9 and the judgments coming upon them: 12 he sheweth that disobedience is the cause of their calamity: 17 he exhorteth them to lament over their desolation; 23 and not to trust in human abilities, but in knowing God: 25 he threateneth the Jews and their neighbours.
And dthey bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but ethey are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they fproceed from evil to evil, and they gknow not me, saith the LORD.
tFor the mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing, and for the 6habitations of the wilderness a lamentation, because they are 7burned up, so that none can pass through them; neither can men hear the voice of the cattle; 8both the fowl of the heavens and the beast are fled; they are gone.
¶Who is vthe wise man, that may understand this? and who is he to whom the mouth of the LORD hath spoken, that he may wdeclare it, for what the land perisheth and is burned up like a wilderness, that none passeth through?
And the LORD saith, xBecause they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein;
But have walked after the 10imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, ywhich their fathers taught them:
zTherefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, aI will feed them, even this people, with *wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink.
¶Thus saith the LORD of hosts, cConsider ye, and call for the dmourning women, that they may come; and send for *cunning women, that they may come:
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.
For ea voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, How are we spoiled! we are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken the land, because our dwellings have fcast us out.
But nlet him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which oexercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things pI delight, saith the LORD.
tEgypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that are 12in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness: for all these nations are uuncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart.