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24 I have dug wells in foreign countries.
    I have drunk water there.
By the soles of my feet,
    I have dried up all the rivers of Egypt.”

25 “‘King of Assyria, surely you have heard.
    Long ago I, the Lord, planned these things.
Long ago I planned them.
    Now I have made them happen.
I allowed you to turn those strong, walled cities
    into piles of rocks.
26 The people living in those cities were weak.
    They were frightened and put to shame.
They were like grass in the field.
    They were like tender, young grass.
They were like grass that grows on the housetop.
    It is burned by the wind before it can grow.

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24 I have dug wells in foreign lands
    and drunk the water there.
With the soles of my feet
    I have dried up all the streams of Egypt.”

25 “‘Have you not heard?(A)
    Long ago I ordained it.
In days of old I planned(B) it;
    now I have brought it to pass,
that you have turned fortified cities
    into piles of stone.(C)
26 Their people, drained of power,(D)
    are dismayed(E) and put to shame.
They are like plants in the field,
    like tender green shoots,(F)
like grass sprouting on the roof,
    scorched(G) before it grows up.

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