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They use their tongues like a bow.
    Lies rather than truth fly throughout[a] the land.
They progress from one evil to another,
    and they don’t know me,”
        declares the Lord.
“Beware of your neighbors, and don’t trust
    any of your relatives.
For all of your relatives act deceitfully,
    and every friend goes around as a slanderer.
People deceive their friends,
    and they don’t tell the truth.
They have taught their tongues to tell lies.
    They exhaust themselves practicing evil.[b]

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 9:3 Lit. prevail in
  2. Jeremiah 9:5 Or themselves with iniquity

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