Jeremiah 9:3
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.

Berean Study Bible
“They bend their tongue like their bows; lies instead of truth prevail in the land, for they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not take Me into account,” 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.

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.

Contemporary English Version
The LORD replied: Lies come from the mouths of my people, like arrows from a bow. With each dishonest deed their power increases, and not one of them will admit that I am God.

Good News Translation
They are always ready to tell lies; dishonesty instead of truth rules the land. The LORD says, "My people do one evil thing after another and do not acknowledge me as their God."

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 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," 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!
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
A Lament over Zion
2If only I had a traveler’s lodge in the wilderness, I would abandon my people and depart from them, for they are all adulterers, a crowd of faithless people. 3“They bend their tongue like their bows; lies instead of truth prevail in the land, for they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not take Me into account,” declares the LORD. 4“Let everyone guard against his neighbor; do not trust any brother, for every brother deals craftily, and every friend spreads slander.…
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 must not steal. You must not lie or deceive one another.

Judges 2:10
After that whole generation had also been gathered to their fathers, another generation rose up, who did not know the LORD or the works He had done for Israel.

1 Samuel 2:12
Now the sons of Eli were wicked men; they had no regard for the LORD

Psalm 64:3
who sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their bitter words like arrows,

Isaiah 1:3
The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master's manger, but Israel does not know; My people do not understand."

Isaiah 3:5
The people will oppress one another, man against man, neighbor against neighbor; the young will rise up against the old, and the base against the honorable.

Isaiah 6:5
Then I said, "Woe is me, for I am ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips dwelling among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of Hosts."

Isaiah 59:4
No one calls for justice; no one pleads his case honestly. They rely on empty pleas; they tell lies; they conceive mischief and give birth to iniquity.

Isaiah 59:13
rebelling and denying the LORD, turning away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering lies from the heart.

Jeremiah 4:22
"For My people are fools; they have not known Me. They are foolish children, without understanding. They are skilled in doing evil, but they do not know how to do good."

Jeremiah 5:4
Then I said, "They are only the poor; they have played the fool, for they do not know the way of the LORD, the justice of their God.

Jeremiah 5:5
I will go to the powerful and speak to them. Surely they know the way of the LORD, the justice of their God. But they too, with one accord, had broken the yoke and torn off the chains.

Jeremiah 9:8
Their tongues are deadly arrows; they speak deception. With his mouth a man speaks peace to his neighbor, but in his heart he sets a trap for him.

Daniel 11:27
And the two kings, with their hearts bent on evil, will speak lies at the same table, but to no avail, for still the end will come at the appointed time.

Hosea 4:1
Hear the word of the LORD, O children of Israel, for the LORD has a case against the inhabitants of the land: There is no truth, no loving devotion, and no knowledge of God in the land!

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 …







Lexicon
“They bend
וַֽיַּדְרְכ֤וּ (way·yaḏ·rə·ḵū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1869: To tread, to walk, to string a, bow

their tongue
לְשׁוֹנָם֙ (lə·šō·w·nām)
Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3956: The tongue

like their bows;
קַשְׁתָּ֣ם (qaš·tām)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7198: A bow, for, shooting, the iris

lies
שֶׁ֔קֶר (še·qer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8267: Deception, disappointment, falsehood

instead of
וְלֹ֥א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

truth
לֶאֱמוּנָ֖ה (le·’ĕ·mū·nāh)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 530: Firmness, steadfastness, fidelity

prevail
גָּבְר֣וּ (gā·ḇə·rū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 1396: To be strong, to prevail, act insolently

in the land,
בָאָ֑רֶץ (ḇā·’ā·reṣ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land

for
כִּי֩ (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

they proceed
יָצָ֛אוּ (yā·ṣā·’ū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

from evil
מֵרָעָ֨ה (mê·rā·‘āh)
Preposition-m | Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

evil,
רָעָ֧ה ׀ (rā·‘āh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

and they do not
לֹֽא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

take Me into account,”
יָדָ֖עוּ (yā·ḏā·‘ū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

declares
נְאֻם־ (nə·’um-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5002: An oracle

the LORD.
יְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel
(3) Like their bow for lies.--The inserted words turn the boldness of the metaphor into a comparatively tame simile. They bend their tongue to be their bow of lies. The same figure meets us in Psalm 57:4; Psalm 58:7; Psalm 64:3.

They are not valiant for the truth upon the earth.--Better, they are not mighty for truth, i.e., faithfulness, in the land--i.e., they do not rule faithfully. It is not without some regret that we part with a phrase which has gained something of a proverbial character as applied to the champions of speculative truth or abstract right, but the above gives the true meaning of the Hebrew.

They know not me.--"Know" in the sense of acknowledging and obeying (1Samuel 2:12; Job 18:21). This was the root evil from which all other evils issued.

Verse 3. - And they bend their tongues, etc.; rather, and they bend their tongue as their bow of falsehood, and they use not their valor in (literally, according to) good faith. There is a sad, stern irony in these words, which remind us of Isaiah's (Isaiah 5:22) "valiant men - for drinking wine" and of our own prophet's repetition of himself in Jeremiah 22:10, "Their valor is - untruth." A less pointed form of the same figurative statement is that of the psalmist in Psalm 64:3. Upon the earth; rather, in the land. The Authorized Version pays very little regard to the context in its rendering of the ambiguous word erec. 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.
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