Bible: Jeremiah 8:18-9:2

8:18 Then I said, 1 

“There is no cure 2  for my grief!

I am sick at heart!

8:19 I hear my dear people 3  crying out 4 

throughout the length and breadth of the land. 5 

They are crying, ‘Is the Lord no longer in Zion?

Is her divine King 6  no longer there?’”

The Lord answers, 7 

“Why then do they provoke me to anger with their images,

with their worthless foreign idols? 8 

8:20They cry, 9 Harvest time has come and gone, and the summer is over, 10 

and still we have not been delivered.’

8:21 My heart is crushed because my dear people 11  are being crushed. 12 

I go about crying and grieving. I am overwhelmed with dismay. 13 

8:22 There is still medicinal ointment 14  available in Gilead!

There is still a physician there! 15 

Why then have my dear people 16 

not been restored to health? 17 

9:1 18  I wish that my head were a well full of water 19 

and my eyes were a fountain full of tears!

If they were, I could cry day and night

for those of my dear people 20  who have been killed.

9:2 I wish I had a lodging place in the desert

where I could spend some time like a weary traveler. 21 

Then I would desert my people

and walk away from them

because they are all unfaithful to God,

a congregation 22  of people that has been disloyal to him. 23 

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