Jeremiah 9:3
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New International Version
"They make ready their tongue like a bow, to shoot lies; it is not by truth that they triumph in the land. They go from one sin to another; they do not acknowledge me," declares the LORD.

New Living Translation
"My people bend their tongues like bows to shoot out lies. They refuse to stand up for the truth. They only go from bad to worse. They do not know me," says the LORD.

English Standard Version
They bend their tongue like a bow; falsehood and not truth has grown strong in the land; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not know me, declares the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
"They bend their tongue like their bow; Lies and not truth prevail in the land; For they proceed from evil to evil, And they do not know Me," declares the LORD.

King James Bible
And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They bent their tongues like their bows; lies and not faithfulness prevail in the land, for they proceed from one evil to another, and they do not take Me into account. This is the LORD's declaration.

International Standard Version
They use their tongues like a bow. Lies rather than truth fly throughout the land. They progress from one evil to another, and they don't know me," declares the LORD.

NET Bible
The LORD says, "These people are like soldiers who have readied their bows. Their tongues are always ready to shoot out lies. They have become powerful in the land, but they have not done so by honest means. Indeed, they do one evil thing after another and do not pay attention to me.

New Heart English Bible
"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 the LORD.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They use their tongues like bows that shoot arrows. Lies and dishonesty rule the land. They go from one evil thing to another, and they don't know me," declares the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they bend their tongue, their bow of falsehood; And they are grown mighty in the land, but not for truth; For they proceed from evil to evil, And Me they know not, Saith the LORD.

New American Standard 1977
“And they bend their tongue like their bow;
            Lies and not truth prevail in the land;
            For they proceed from evil to evil,
            And they do not know Me,” declares the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies, but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth for they proceed from evil to evil, and they did not recognize me, said the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, says the LORD.

American King James Version
And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth on the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, said the LORD.

American Standard Version
And 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, saith Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they have bent their tongue, as a bow, for lies, and not for truth: they have strengthened themselves upon the earth, for they have proceeded from evil to evil, and me they have not known, saith the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
And they bend their tongue, their bow of falsehood, and not for fidelity are they valiant in the land; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith Jehovah.

English Revised Version
And 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, saith the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD.

World English Bible
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 don't know me, says Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
And they bend their tongue, their bow is a lie, And not for stedfastness have they been mighty in the land, For from evil unto evil they have gone forth, And Me they have not known, An affirmation of Jehovah!
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
9:1-11 Jeremiah wept much, yet wished he could weep more, that he might rouse the people to a due sense of the hand of God. But even the desert, without communion with God, through Christ Jesus, and the influences of the Holy Spirit, must be a place for temptation and evil; while, with these blessings, we may live in holiness in crowded cities. The people accustomed their tongues to lies. So false were they, that a brother could not be trusted. In trading and bargaining they said any thing for their own advantage, though they knew it to be false. But God marked their sin. Where no knowledge of God is, what good can be expected? He has many ways of turning a fruitful land into barrenness for the wickedness of those that dwell therein.
Study Bible
Jeremiah's Continual Tears
2Oh that I had in the desert A wayfarers' lodging place; That I might leave my people And go from them! For all of them are adulterers, An assembly of treacherous men. 3"They bend their tongue like their bow; Lies and not truth prevail in the land; For they proceed from evil to evil, And they do not know Me," declares the LORD. 4"Let everyone be on guard against his neighbor, And do not trust any brother; Because every brother deals craftily, And every neighbor goes about as a slanderer.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 15:34
Sober up as you ought, and stop sinning; for some of you are ignorant of God. I say this to your shame.

Leviticus 19:11
'You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.

Judges 2:10
All that generation also were gathered to their fathers; and there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel.

1 Samuel 2:12
Now the sons of Eli were worthless men; they did not know the LORD

Psalm 64:3
Who have sharpened their tongue like a sword. They aimed bitter speech as their arrow,

Isaiah 1:3
"An ox knows its owner, And a donkey its master's manger, But Israel does not know, My people do not understand."

Isaiah 3:5
And the people will be oppressed, Each one by another, and each one by his neighbor; The youth will storm against the elder And the inferior against the honorable.

Isaiah 6:5
Then I said, "Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts."

Isaiah 59:4
No one sues righteously and no one pleads honestly. They trust in confusion and speak lies; They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity.

Isaiah 59:13
Transgressing and denying the LORD, And turning away from our God, Speaking oppression and revolt, Conceiving in and uttering from the heart lying words.
Treasury of Scripture

And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth on the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, said the LORD.

they bend.

Jeremiah 9:5,8 And they will deceive every one his neighbor, and will not speak …

Psalm 52:2-4 The tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully…

Psalm 64:3,4 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot …

Psalm 120:2-4 Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue…

Isaiah 59:3-5,13-15 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; …

Micah 7:3-5 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asks, …

Romans 3:13 Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used …

valiant.

Matthew 10:31-33 Fear you not therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows…

Mark 8:38 Whoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this …

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power …

Philippians 1:28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an …

Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write to you of the common …

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of …

for they.

Jeremiah 7:26 Yet they listened not to me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened …

2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and …

they know.

Jeremiah 4:22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are silly …

Jeremiah 22:16 He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with …

Judges 2:10 And also all that generation were gathered to their fathers: and …

1 Samuel 2:12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.

Hosea 4:1-3 Hear the word of the LORD, you children of Israel: for the LORD has …

John 8:54,55 Jesus answered, If I honor myself, my honor is nothing: it is my …

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true …

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God …

2 Corinthians 4:4-6 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which …

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