Jeremiah 9:5
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English Standard Version
Everyone deceives his neighbor, and no one speaks the truth; they have taught their tongue to speak lies; they weary themselves committing iniquity.

King James Bible
And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity.

American Standard Version
And 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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And a man shall mock his brother, and they will not speak the truth: for they have taught their tongue to speak lies: they have laboured to commit iniquity.

English Revised Version
And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies; they weary themselves to commit iniquity.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they will deceive every one his neighbor, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The hopeless case of the people and kingdom moves the seer so deeply, that he bursts forth with the cry: For the breaking of my people I am broken (the Hoph. השׁבּרתּי, of the breaking of the heart, only here; in this sig. usu. the Niph., e.g., Jeremiah 38:7. Horror hath taken hold on me, is stronger than: Anguish hath taken hold on me, Jeremiah 6:24, Micah 4:9. Help is nowhere to be found. This thought is in Jeremiah 8:22 clothed in the question: Is there no balm in Gilead, or no physician there? "There" points back to Gilead. Graf's remark, that "it is not known that the physicians were got from that quarter," shows nothing more than that its author has mistaken the figurative force of the words. צרי, balsam, is mentioned in Genesis 37:25 as an article of commerce carried by Midianite merchants to Egypt (cf. Ezekiel 27:17), but is hardly the real balsam from Mecca (amyris opobalsamum), which during the Roman sovereignty was grown under culture in the gardens of Jericho, and which only succeeds in a climate little short of tropical. It was more likely the resina of the ancients, a gum procured from the terebinth or mastic tree (lentiscus, σχῖνος), which, acc. to Plin. h. nat. xxiv. 22, was held in esteem as a medicament for wounds (resolvitur resina ad vulnerum usus et malagmata oleo). Acc. to our passage and Jeremiah 46:11, cf. Genesis 37:25, it was procured chiefly from Gilead; cf. Movers, Phniz. ii. 3, S. 220ff., and the remarks on Genesis 37:25. To these questions a negative answer is given. From this we explain the introduction of a further question with כּי: if there were balm in Gilead, and a physician there, then a plaister would have been laid on the daughter of my people, which is not the case. As to עלתה , lit., a plaister comes upon, see on Jeremiah 30:17.

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they will.

Jeremiah 9:5,8 And they will deceive every one his neighbor, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies...

Isaiah 59:13-15 In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt...

Micah 6:12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies...

Ephesians 4:25 Why putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.

deceive. or, mock.

Job 11:3 Should your lies make men hold their peace? and when you mock, shall no man make you ashamed?

taught.

Jeremiah 9:3 And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth on the earth...

Job 15:5 For your mouth utters your iniquity, and you choose the tongue of the crafty.

Psalm 50:19 You give your mouth to evil, and your tongue frames deceit.

Psalm 64:3 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:

Psalm 140:3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah.

1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

weary.

Genesis 19:11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great...

Psalm 7:14 Behold, he travails with iniquity, and has conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

Proverbs 4:16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.

Isaiah 5:18 Woe to them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:

Isaiah 41:6,7 They helped every one his neighbor; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage...

Genesis 19:11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great...

Psalm 7:14 Behold, he travails with iniquity, and has conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

Proverbs 4:16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.

Isaiah 5:18 Woe to them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:

Isaiah 41:6,7 They helped every one his neighbor; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage...

Isaiah 44:12-14 The smith with the tongs both works in the coals, and fashions it with hammers, and works it with the strength of his arms: yes...

Isaiah 57:10 You are wearied in the greatness of your way; yet said you not, There is no hope: you have found the life of your hand...

Ezekiel 24:12 She has wearied herself with lies, and her great scum went not forth out of her: her scum shall be in the fire.

Micah 6:3 O my people, what have I done to you? and wherein have I wearied you? testify against me.

Habakkuk 2:13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labor in the very fire...

Cross References
Psalm 52:3
You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking what is right. Selah

Jeremiah 7:28
And you shall say to them, 'This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the LORD their God, and did not accept discipline; truth has perished; it is cut off from their lips.

Jeremiah 12:6
For even your brothers and the house of your father, even they have dealt treacherously with you; they are in full cry after you; do not believe them, though they speak friendly words to you."

Jeremiah 12:13
They have sown wheat and have reaped thorns; they have tired themselves out but profit nothing. They shall be ashamed of their harvests because of the fierce anger of the LORD."

Jeremiah 13:23
Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then also you can do good who are accustomed to do evil.

Jeremiah 51:58
"Thus says the LORD of hosts: The broad wall of Babylon shall be leveled to the ground, and her high gates shall be burned with fire. The peoples labor for nothing, and the nations weary themselves only for fire."

Jeremiah 51:64
and say, 'Thus shall Babylon sink, to rise no more, because of the disaster that I am bringing upon her, and they shall become exhausted.'" Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.

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