A Rebellious Nation

Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth!(A)
    For the Lord has spoken:(B)
“I reared children(C) and brought them up,
    but they have rebelled(D) against me.

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17 Therefore the Lord will take no pleasure in the young men,(A)
    nor will he pity(B) the fatherless and widows,
for everyone is ungodly(C) and wicked,(D)
    every mouth speaks folly.(E)

Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
    his hand is still upraised.(F)

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20     you will not join them in burial,(A)
for you have destroyed your land
    and killed your people.

Let the offspring(B) of the wicked(C)
    never be mentioned(D) again.

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Yet he too is wise(A) and can bring disaster;(B)
    he does not take back his words.(C)
He will rise up against that wicked nation,(D)
    against those who help evildoers.

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14 And among the prophets of Jerusalem
    I have seen something horrible:(A)
    They commit adultery and live a lie.(B)
They strengthen the hands of evildoers,(C)
    so that not one of them turns from their wickedness.(D)
They are all like Sodom(E) to me;
    the people of Jerusalem are like Gomorrah.”(F)

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