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Jeremiah 9

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 1 "Oh 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!

 2 Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! For they are all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men.

 3 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 do not know me," says the Lord.

 4 "Take you heed everyone of his neighbor, and do not put your trust in any brother for every brother will utterly lie, and every neighbor will walk with slanders.

 5 And everyone will deceive his neighbor, not speaking the truth. They have taught their tongue to speak lies, and tire themselves committing evil.

 6 Your habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me," says the Lord.

 7 Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, "Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how else should I do for the daughter of my people?

 8 Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaks deceit. One speaks peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, but in heart he plans to take advantage of him.

 9 Shall I not punish them for these things?" says the Lord. "Shall my soul not be avenged on such a nation as this?

 10 For the mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing, and for the habitations of the wilderness a lamentation, because they are burned up, so that none can pass through them. Neither can men hear the voice of the cattle; both the fowl of the heavens and the beast are fled; they are gone.

 11 And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant.

 12 Who 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, for what the land perishes and is burned up like a wilderness, that none passes through?"

 13 And the LORD said, "Because they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked in it;

 14 But have walked after the imagination of their own heart,1 and after Baals, which their fathers taught them:

 15 Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; "Behold, I will feed this people with wormwood and give them water of gall to drink.

 16 I will scatter them also among the heathen, whom neither they nor their fathers have known; and I will send a sword after them, until I have consumed them."

 17 Thus says the Lord of hosts, "Consider and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for smartest women, that they may come.

 18 And let them make haste and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with waters.

 19 For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, 'How we are ruined! We are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken the land, because our dwellings have cast us out.'

 20 Yet hear the word of the LORD, O you women, and let your ear receive the word of his mouth, and teach your daughters wailing, and everyone her neighbor lamentation.

 21 For death has come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets.

 22 Speak, 'Thus says the Lord, Even the carcases of men shall fall as dung upon the open field, and as the handful of grain after the harvestman, and none shall gather them.'

 23 Thus says the Lord, 'Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches.

 24 But let him who glories, glory in this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who exercises loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth. For in these things, I delight,'" says the Lord.

 25 "Behold, the days come," says the Lord, "that I will punish all of those who are circumcised along with the uncircumcised;

 26 Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness; for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel is uncircumcised in the heart.2


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1 Notice! The people are not obeying the Lord's voice; they are following the imaginations of their own hearts. This is the same today. When man decided to eat from the tree of knowledge so he could judge good and evil like God, he became a selfish spirit removed from the image, direction, and presence of God. Each of us makes our own decisions with our mind as to what is good for us and what is bad for us. We all make different decisions based on what we think we want. Different people have different standards of conduct and behavior. We are selfish creatures looking for ways to increase our pleasures and comforts; we are like beasts on the prowl looking for their next meal. The Holy Spirit must show us how captive we are to our lusts, pleasures, habits, anger, pride, and self-gratification — and how this self-centered behavior is at the expense of others around us. The word and light show us the defects in our heart, one at a time, exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. With our regret and sorrow for conditions exposed by the Holy Spirit, we receive help from the Holy Spirit to change. This conviction and condemnation of our beastly nature is the Ministry of Condemnation. When we have been sufficiently purged or purified of our selfish, sinful nature, then we receive the Ministry of Life or additional spirit from Christ; until finally we are restored to the image, direction, and presence of God. We receive a new heart and new mind.

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. Rom 8:7

For the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth. Gen 8:21

"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9

I have stretched out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, according to their own thoughts. Isaiah 65:2.

See Only Those Who Do the Will of the Father Enter Heaven for more.

2 A circumcised heart was required then, a circumcised heart is required now. A circumcised heart is a purified heart. A circumcised heart is a purified soul.

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