He set fire(A) to the temple of the Lord, the royal palace and all the houses of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down.(B)

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15 See, the Lord is coming with fire,(A)
    and his chariots(B) are like a whirlwind;(C)
he will bring down his anger with fury,
    and his rebuke(D) with flames of fire.

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Circumcise yourselves to the Lord,
    circumcise your hearts,(A)
    you people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem,
or my wrath(B) will flare up and burn like fire(C)
    because of the evil(D) you have done—
    burn with no one to quench(E) it.

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12 This is what the Lord says to you, house of David:

“‘Administer justice(A) every morning;
    rescue from the hand of the oppressor(B)
    the one who has been robbed,
or my wrath will break out and burn like fire(C)
    because of the evil(D) you have done—
    burn with no one to quench(E) it.

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In fierce anger he has cut off
    every horn[a][b](A) of Israel.
He has withdrawn his right hand(B)
    at the approach of the enemy.
He has burned in Jacob like a flaming fire
    that consumes everything around it.(C)

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Footnotes

  1. Lamentations 2:3 Or off / all the strength; or every king
  2. Lamentations 2:3 Horn here symbolizes strength.

Who can withstand(A) his indignation?
    Who can endure(B) his fierce anger?(C)
His wrath is poured out like fire;(D)
    the rocks are shattered(E) before him.

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