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16 Because of these things, this is what the Lord God says:

“I will put a stone in the ground in Jerusalem,
    a tested stone.
Everything will be built on this important and precious rock.
    Anyone who trusts in it will never be disappointed.
17 I will use justice as a measuring line
    and goodness as the standard.
The lies you hide behind will be destroyed as if by hail.
    They will be washed away as if in a flood.
18 Your agreement with death will be erased;
    your contract with death will not help you.
When terrible punishment comes,
    you will be crushed by it.

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