including the shedding of innocent blood.(A) For he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the Lord was not willing to forgive.(B)

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“Why should I forgive you?
    Your children have forsaken me
    and sworn(A) by gods that are not gods.(B)
I supplied all their needs,
    yet they committed adultery(C)
    and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.(D)
They are well-fed, lusty stallions,
    each neighing for another man’s wife.(E)
Should I not punish them for this?”(F)
    declares the Lord.
“Should I not avenge(G) myself
    on such a nation as this?

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