For your (A)hands are defiled with blood
And your fingers with iniquity;
Your lips have spoken (B)falsehood,
Your tongue mutters wickedness.

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“They (A)bend their tongue like their bow;
Lies and not truth prevail in the land;
For they (B)proceed from evil to evil,
And they (C)do not know Me,” declares the Lord.
“Let everyone (D)be on guard against his neighbor,
And (E)do not trust any brother;
Because every (F)brother deals [a]craftily,
And every neighbor (G)goes about as a slanderer.
“Everyone (H)deceives his neighbor
And does not speak the truth,
They have taught their tongue to speak lies;
They (I)weary themselves committing iniquity.
“Your (J)dwelling is in the midst of deceit;
Through deceit they (K)refuse to know Me,” declares the Lord.

Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts,

“Behold, I will refine them and (L)assay them;
For (M)what else can I do, because of the daughter of My people?
“Their (N)tongue is a deadly arrow;
It speaks deceit;
With his mouth one (O)speaks peace to his neighbor,
But inwardly he (P)sets an ambush for him.

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  1. Jeremiah 9:4 I.e. like Jacob (a play on words)

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