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Measure by measure,[a]
    in their exile you contended with them;
with his fierce blast he removed them,
    as on a day when the east wind blows.
By this, then, Jacob’s guilt will be atoned for,
    and this will be the full harvest
        that comes from the removal of his sin:
when he makes all the altar stones
    like pulverized chalkstones,
no Asherah[b] poles or incense altars will be left standing.
10 For the fortified city stands desolate,
    a settlement abandoned and forsaken like the desert;
calves graze there,
    and there they lie down
        and strip bare its branches.

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  1. Isaiah 27:8 Or With war cries
  2. Isaiah 27:9 Or sacred