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[a]Only gleanings shall be left in it,
    as when an olive tree has been beaten—
Two or three olives at the very top,
    four or five on its most fruitful branches—
    oracle of the Lord, the God of Israel.(A)

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Footnotes

  1. 17:6 Olives not easily picked by hand were knocked from the tree by means of a long stick; cf. 24:13.

Chapter 7

Woe is me! I am like the one who gathers summer fruit,
    when the vines have been gleaned;
There is no cluster to eat,
    no early fig that I crave.

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