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Israel has not been punished by the Lord as severely as its enemies nor lost as many people. The Lord punished his people by sending them into exile. He took them away with a cruel wind from the east.[a] But Israel's sins will be forgiven only when the stones of pagan altars are ground up like chalk, and no more incense altars or symbols of the goddess Asherah are left.

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  1. Isaiah 27:8 Verse 8 in Hebrew is unclear.