Your country is desolate,(A)
    your cities burned with fire;(B)
your fields are being stripped by foreigners(C)
    right before you,
    laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.(D)

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11 Then I said, “For how long, Lord?”(A)

And he answered:

“Until the cities lie ruined(B)
    and without inhabitant,
until the houses are left deserted(C)
    and the fields ruined and ravaged,(D)

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18 Surely wickedness burns like a fire;(A)
    it consumes briers and thorns,(B)
it sets the forest thickets ablaze,(C)
    so that it rolls upward in a column of smoke.

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10 Your sacred cities(A) have become a wasteland;
    even Zion is a wasteland, Jerusalem a desolation.(B)

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11 It will be made a wasteland,(A)
    parched and desolate before me;(B)
the whole land will be laid waste
    because there is no one who cares.

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“This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You saw the great disaster(A) I brought on Jerusalem and on all the towns of Judah.(B) Today they lie deserted and in ruins(C)

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Therefore, my fierce anger was poured out;(A) it raged against the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem and made them the desolate ruins(B) they are today.

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11 I will destroy the cities(A) of your land
    and tear down all your strongholds.(B)

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