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Jerusalem [L Daughter Zion; C the location of the Temple] is left alone
    like an ·empty shelter [or watchman’s hut] in a vineyard,
like a ·hut [shelter] left in a field of ·melons [or cucumbers],
    like a city ·surrounded by enemies [besieged].
If the Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts]
    had not ·allowed a few of our people to live [left us a few survivors],
we would have been like the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah [C completely destroyed; Gen. 19].

10 ·Hear [Listen to] the word of the Lord,
    you rulers of Sodom [C Jerusalem is compared sarcastically to evil Sodom and Gomorrah]!
listen to the ·teaching [instruction] of our God,
    You people of Gomorrah!

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