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14 And he (A)broke in pieces the sacred pillars and cut down the wooden images, and filled their places with the bones of men.

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‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel: “Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, with which you fight against the king of Babylon and the [a]Chaldeans who besiege you outside the walls; and (A)I will assemble them in the midst of this city. I (B)Myself will fight against you with an (C)outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger and fury and great wrath. I will strike the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast; they shall die of a great pestilence. And afterward,” says the Lord, (D)“I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, his servants and the people, and such as are left in this city from the pestilence and the sword and the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those who seek their life; and he shall strike them with the edge of the sword. (E)He shall not spare them, or have pity or mercy.” ’

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  1. Jeremiah 21:4 Or Babylonians, and so elsewhere in the book

then he shall (A)lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there he shall be (B)until I visit him,” says the Lord; (C)“though you fight with the Chaldeans, you shall not succeed” ’?”

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