New American Standard Bible
A Lament over Zion
1Oh that my head were waters
And my eyes a fountain of tears,
That I might weep day and night
For the slain of the daughter of my people!
2Oh that I had in the desert
3They bend their tongue like their bow;
4Let everyone be on guard against his neighbor,
5Everyone deceives his neighbor
6Your dwelling is in the midst of deceit;
7Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts,
8Their tongue is a deadly arrow;
9Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the LORD.
10For the mountains I will take up a weeping and wailing,
11I will make Jerusalem a heap of ruins,
12Who is the wise man that may understand this? And who is he to whom the mouth of the LORD has spoken, that he may declare it? Why is the land ruined, laid waste like a desert, so that no one passes through? 13The LORD said, Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice nor walked according to it, 14but have walked after the stubbornness of their heart and after the Baals, as their fathers taught them, 15therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, behold, I will feed them, this people, with wormwood and give them poisoned water to drink. 16I will scatter them among the nations, whom neither they nor their fathers have known; and I will send the sword after them until I have annihilated them.
17Thus says the LORD of hosts,
18Let them make haste and take up a wailing for us,
19For a voice of wailing is heard from Zion,
20Now hear the word of the LORD, O you women,
21For death has come up through our windows;
22Speak, Thus says the LORD,
23Thus says the LORD, Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; 24but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things, declares the LORD.
25Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, that I will punish all who are circumcised and yet uncircumcised 26Egypt and Judah, and Edom and the sons of Ammon, and Moab and all those inhabiting the desert who clip the hair on their temples; for all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised of heart.