Jeremiah 9:4
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New International Version
"Beware of your friends; do not trust anyone in your clan. For every one of them is a deceiver, and every friend a slanderer.

King James Bible
Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders.

Darby Bible Translation
Take ye heed every one of his friend, and confide not in any brother; for every brother only supplanteth, and every friend goeth about with slander.

World English Bible
Take heed everyone of his neighbor, and don't trust in any brother; for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbor will go about with slanders.

Young's Literal Translation
Each of his friend -- beware ye, And on any brother, do not trust, For every brother doth utterly supplant, For every friend slanderously doth walk,

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

They bend their tongues like their bow for lies - And their lies are such that they as fully take away life as the keenest arrow shot from the best strung bow. The false prophets told the people that there was no desolation at hand: the people believed them; made no preparation for their defense; did not return to the Lord; and the sword came and destroyed them.

They are not valiant for the truth - They are bold in sin, and courageous to support their lies; but the truth they neither patronize nor support.

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ye heed.

Jeremiah 12:6 For even your brothers, and the house of your father, even they have dealt treacherously with you; yes...

Psalm 12:2,3 They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak...

Psalm 55:11,12 Wickedness is in the middle thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets...

Proverbs 26:24,25 He that hates dissembles with his lips, and lays up deceit within him...

Micah 7:5,6 Trust you not in a friend, put you not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of your mouth from her that lies in your bosom...

Matthew 10:17,21,34,35 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will whip you in their synagogues...

Luke 21:16 And you shall be betrayed both by parents, and brothers, and kinfolks, and friends...

neighbour. or friend. every brother.

Genesis 27:35,36 And he said, Your brother came with subtlety, and has taken away your blessing...

Genesis 32:28 And he said, Your name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince have you power with God and with men...

1 Thessalonians 4:6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such...

walk.

Jeremiah 6:28 They are all grievous rebels, walking with slanders: they are brass and iron; they are all corrupters.

Leviticus 19:16 You shall not go up and down as a talebearer among your people: neither shall you stand against the blood of your neighbor...

Psalm 15:3 He that backbites not with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor.

Proverbs 6:16,19 These six things does the LORD hate: yes, seven are an abomination to him...

Proverbs 10:18 He that hides hatred with lying lips, and he that utters a slander, is a fool.

Proverbs 25:18 A man that bears false witness against his neighbor is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.

Ezekiel 22:9 In you are men that carry tales to shed blood: and in you they eat on the mountains: in the middle of you they commit lewdness.

1 Peter 2:1,2 Why laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, all evil speakings...

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India's Ills and England's Sorrows
It would seem as if some men had been sent into this world for the very purpose of being the world's weepers. God's great house is thoroughly furnished with everything, everything that can express the thoughts and the emotions of the inhabitant, God hath made. I find in nature, plants to be everlasting weepers. There by the lonely brook, where the maiden cast away her life, the willow weeps for ever; and there in the grave yard where men lie slumbering till the trumpet of the archangel shall awaken
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 3: 1857

Steadfast unto the End
[This chapter is based on the Second Epistle of Peter.] In the second letter addressed by peter to those who had obtained "like precious faith" with himself, the apostle sets forth the divine plan for the development of Christian character. He writes: "Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory
Ellen Gould White—The Acts of the Apostles

Jeremiah
The interest of the book of Jeremiah is unique. On the one hand, it is our most reliable and elaborate source for the long period of history which it covers; on the other, it presents us with prophecy in its most intensely human phase, manifesting itself through a strangely attractive personality that was subject to like doubts and passions with ourselves. At his call, in 626 B.C., he was young and inexperienced, i. 6, so that he cannot have been born earlier than 650. The political and religious
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Genesis 27:35
But he said, "Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing."

Leviticus 19:16
"'Do not go about spreading slander among your people. "'Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor's life. I am the LORD.

Psalm 12:2
Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts.

Psalm 15:3
whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others;

Psalm 101:5
Whoever slanders their neighbor in secret, I will put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, I will not tolerate.

Proverbs 10:18
Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool.

Proverbs 26:24
Enemies disguise themselves with their lips, but in their hearts they harbor deceit.

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