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No, but with measured justice
    he exiled them and contended with them.[a]
    He removed them from the land with his severe blast
    on the day his searing east wind blew.
By the mercy of Yahweh the guilt of Jacob will be forgiven.[b]
    Yet the full proof of their forgiveness will be
    when they crush all the altars to false gods
    and make them into chalkstones, crushed to pieces,
    with neither cultic poles nor incense altars still standing.
10 The fortified city lies in ruins,
    forsaken and deserted like a wilderness.
    Cattle graze there and lie down,
    chewing on twigs and branches.

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  1. Isaiah 27:8 The meaning of this line is uncertain.
  2. Isaiah 27:9 Or “atoned for.”