15 Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor(A) and are counting on it.(B) Otherwise they may cry to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty of sin.(C)

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20 You overpower them once for all, and they are gone;(A)
    you change their countenance and send them away.(B)

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though you were a powerful man, owning land(A)
    an honored man,(B) living on it.(C)

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12 The groans of the dying rise from the city,
    and the souls of the wounded cry out for help.(A)
    But God charges no one with wrongdoing.(B)

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22 But God drags away the mighty by his power;(A)
    though they become established,(B) they have no assurance of life.(C)

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20 They die in an instant, in the middle of the night;(A)
    the people are shaken and they pass away;
    the mighty are removed without human hand.(B)

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28 They caused the cry of the poor to come before him,
    so that he heard the cry of the needy.(A)

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“People cry out(A) under a load of oppression;(B)
    they plead for relief from the arm of the powerful.(C)

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22 Stop trusting in mere humans,(A)
    who have but a breath(B) in their nostrils.
    Why hold them in esteem?(C)

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“Assyria(A) will fall by no human sword;
    a sword, not of mortals, will devour(B) them.
They will flee before the sword
    and their young men will be put to forced labor.(C)

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17 Before him all the nations(A) are as nothing;(B)
    they are regarded by him as worthless
    and less than nothing.(C)

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23 He brings princes(A) to naught
    and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.(B)

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18 Jerusalem(A) and the towns of Judah, its kings and officials, to make them a ruin(B) and an object of horror and scorn,(C) a curse[a](D)—as they are today;(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 25:18 That is, their names to be used in cursing (see 29:22); or, to be seen by others as cursed

21 He changes times and seasons;(A)
    he deposes(B) kings and raises up others.(C)
He gives wisdom(D) to the wise
    and knowledge to the discerning.(E)

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34 While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands.(A) It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed(B) them.(C)

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52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
    but has lifted up the humble.(A)

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