He appointed military officers over the people and assembled them before him in the square at the city gate and encouraged them with these words:

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Speak tenderly(A) to Jerusalem,
    and proclaim to her
that her hard service(B) has been completed,(C)
    that her sin has been paid for,(D)
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
    double(E) for all her sins.

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13 So the Lord spoke(A) kind and comforting words(B) to the angel who talked with me.(C)

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