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  • Jeremiah 8:18-9:1

    18 No healing,
        only grief;
            my heart is broken.
    19 Listen to the weeping of my people
            all across the land:
        “Isn’t the Lord in Zion?
            Is her king no longer there?”
    Why then did they anger me with their images,
        with pointless foreign gods?
    20 “The harvest is past,
        the summer has ended,
            yet we aren’t saved.”
    21 Because my people are crushed,
        I am crushed;
        darkness and despair overwhelm me.

    What to do with God’s people

    22 Is there no balm in Gilead?
        Is there no physician there?
    Why then have my people
        not been restored to health?

    If only my head were a spring of water,
        and my eyes a fountain of tears,
    I would weep day and night
        for the wounds of my people.