This is what Yahweh God Almighty says…
Why have my people made me so angry with their false worship of worthless foreign gods? The harvest is past, summer has ended, and we are not saved. Since the daughters of my people are suffering, I am troubled. I am grieved, and horror takes hold of me. Is there no cure here? Is there no healer here? So why is there no healing for the suffering of the daughters of my people?
Oh that my head could flow with water and my eyes cry a river of tears! I would weep day and night for those of my people, who are being destroyed. Oh that I had a place to stay in the countryside so that I might leave my people and go away from them; for they are all a bunch of unfaithful people, like adulterers. They get their tongues ready like bows, and shoot lies at their targets; they do not stand up for truth in the land. They do one sinful thing after another and do not know Me, says Yahweh God.
Beware of your friends and do not trust even your own family members. For every one of them is a liar, and every friend will try to destroy your reputation. Friend deceives friend, and no one speaks the truth. They have taught their tongues to lie and tire themselves out with constant sinning. You live in the midst of a great deception; they deceive themselves and refuse to come to know Me, says Yahweh God.
So this is what Yahweh God Almighty says, “See, I will perfect and test them, for how else can I purify the sin of My people? Their tongues are like deadly arrows flying with lies. Though everyone speaks peaceably to their neighbor, in their hearts they try to trap one another. Should I not punish them for this, says Yahweh God? Should I not avenge myself on a nation like this? … Who is wise enough to understand this? Who has been instructed by God and can explain it? Why has the land been ruined and burned up like a scorched land that no one can cross? Yahweh God said, “It is because they have forsaken my law which I gave them; they have not obeyed me or followed my law. Instead they have followed the evil ways of their own hearts; they have copied the false worship their ancestors taught them…
This is what Yahweh God Almighty says… The sound of crying is heard… See how we are ruined! See how great our shame is!… This is what Yahweh God Almighty says: Let the wise not brag about their wisdom or the strong brag about their strength or the rich brag about their riches, but let those who brag, only brag about this: that they understand and know me, that I am Yahweh God, who acts with kindness, justice, and righteousness on the earth, because I am pleased with these.
The days are coming, says Yahweh God, when I will punish all who worship falsely… all those who live in the desert lands of distant places. For all these nations worship falsely and even my own people are worshiping Me falsely in their hearts.
Based on Jeremiah 8-9
- Jeremiah 1-6 (gofishministries.wordpress.com)