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25 ‘Have you not heard
    that I determined it long ago?
I planned from days of old
    what now I bring to pass,
that you should make fortified cities
    crash into heaps of ruins,
26 while their inhabitants, shorn of strength,
    are dismayed and confounded;
they have become like plants of the field
    and like tender grass,
like grass on the housetops,
    blighted before it is grown.

27 ‘But I know your rising[a] and your sitting,
    your going out and coming in,
    and your raging against me.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Kings 19:27 Gk Compare Isa 37.27 Q Ms: MT lacks rising

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.

27 “‘But I know(H) where you are
    and when you come and go
    and how you rage against me.

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