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19 The cities in the Southern Desert
are surrounded;
    no one can get in or out.
Everyone in Judah
    will be taken away.
20 Jerusalem, you were so proud
of ruling the people of Judah.
    But where are they now?

Look north, and you will see
    your enemies approaching.
21 You once trusted them to help,
but now I’ll let them rule you.[a]
    What do you say about that?
You will be in pain
    like a woman giving birth.

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  1. 13.21 You once. . . rule you: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

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