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18 Israel will join with Judah, and together they will come from exile in the country in the north and will return to the land that I gave your ancestors as a permanent possession.”

The Idolatry of God's People

19 The Lord says,

“Israel, I wanted to accept you as my child
    and give you a delightful land,
    the most beautiful land in all the world.
I wanted you to call me father
    and never again turn away from me.
20 But like an unfaithful wife,
    you have not been faithful to me.
I, the Lord, have spoken.”

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