20 But he added, “You cannot see my face, for humans cannot see(A) me and live.”

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22 “We’re certainly going to die,” he said to his wife, “because we have seen God!” (A)

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For your hands are defiled with blood
and your fingers, with iniquity;
your lips have spoken lies,
and your tongues mutter injustice.

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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.(A)
This is the Lord’s declaration.

Imminent Ruin and Exile

Everyone has to be on guard against his friend.
Don’t trust any brother,
for every brother will certainly deceive,(B)
and every friend spread slander.(C)
Each one betrays his friend;(D)
no one tells the truth.
They have taught their tongues to speak lies;
they wear themselves out doing wrong.
You live in a world of deception.[a](E)
In their deception they refuse to know me.(F)
This is the Lord’s declaration.

Therefore, this is what the Lord of Armies says:

I am about to refine them and test them,(G)
for what else can I do
because of my dear[b] people?[c]
Their tongues are deadly arrows—
they speak deception.(H)
With his mouth
one speaks peaceably with his friend,
but inwardly he sets up an ambush.

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Footnotes

  1. 9:6 LXX reads Oppression on oppression, deceit on deceit
  2. 9:7 Lit of the daughter of my
  3. 9:7 LXX, Tg read because of their evils

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’s knees and said, “Go away from me, because I’m a sinful man, Lord!” (A)

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