See how you would answer these questions from the Lord,
Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts:
“Behold, I will refine them and try them;
For how shall I deal with the daughter of My people?
Their tongue is an arrow shot out;
It speaks deceit;
One speaks peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth,
But in his heart he lies in wait.
Shall I not punish them for these things?” says the Lord.
“Shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?”
He wanted to know how to deal with people who speak peace to their neighbors, but in the heart they look for ways to hurt their neighbor.
He asked whether should He not punish such a people? Yes, and He did, sending them into Babylonian captivity.
Let us speak peace and mean it.