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17 For I am watching all their ways; they are not hidden from my sight.[a] Their iniquity is not concealed from my eyes. 18 First I’ll repay them double for their iniquity and their sin, because they have polluted my land with the dead bodies of their detestable images, and they have filled my inheritance with their abominations.”[b]

19 Lord, my strength and my stronghold,
    my refuge in a time of difficulty,
to you the nations will come,
    and from the ends of the earth they’ll say,
“Surely our ancestors inherited deception,[c]
    things that are worthless,
        and in which there is no profit.”

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  1. Jeremiah 16:17 Lit. from before me
  2. Jeremiah 16:18 Or their abominable idols
  3. Jeremiah 16:19 I.e. false gods or idols