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19 And when the people ask,(A) ‘Why has the Lord our God done all this to us?’ you will tell them, ‘As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods(B) in your own land, so now you will serve foreigners(C) in a land not your own.’
20 “Announce this to the descendants of Jacob
and proclaim(D) it in Judah:
21 Hear this, you foolish and senseless people,(E)
who have eyes(F) but do not see,
who have ears but do not hear:(G)
22 Should you not fear(H) me?” declares the Lord.
“Should you not tremble(I) in my presence?
I made the sand a boundary for the sea,(J)
an everlasting barrier it cannot cross.
The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail;
they may roar,(K) but they cannot cross it.
23 But these people have stubborn and rebellious(L) hearts;
they have turned aside(M) and gone away.
24 They do not say to themselves,
‘Let us fear(N) the Lord our God,
who gives autumn and spring rains(O) in season,
who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.’(P)
25 Your wrongdoings have kept these away;
your sins have deprived you of good.(Q)
26 “Among my people are the wicked(R)
who lie in wait(S) like men who snare birds
and like those who set traps(T) to catch people.
27 Like cages full of birds,
their houses are full of deceit;(U)
they have become rich(V) and powerful
28 and have grown fat(W) and sleek.
Their evil deeds have no limit;
they do not seek justice.
They do not promote the case of the fatherless;(X)
they do not defend the just cause of the poor.(Y)
29 Should I not punish them for this?”
declares the Lord.
“Should I not avenge(Z) myself
on such a nation as this?