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A lion has gone up from his thicket, and a destroyer of nations. He is on his way. He has gone out from his place, to make your land desolate, that your cities be laid waste, without inhabitant. For this, clothe yourself with sackcloth, lament and wail; for the fierce anger of Yahweh hasn’t turned back from us. “It will happen at that day,” says Yahweh, “that the heart of the king will perish, along with the heart of the princes. The priests will be astonished, and the prophets will wonder.”

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A lion(A) has come out of his lair;(B)
    a destroyer(C) of nations has set out.
He has left his place
    to lay waste(D) your land.
Your towns will lie in ruins(E)
    without inhabitant.
So put on sackcloth,(F)
    lament(G) and wail,
for the fierce anger(H) of the Lord
    has not turned away from us.

“In that day,” declares the Lord,
    “the king and the officials will lose heart,(I)
the priests will be horrified,
    and the prophets will be appalled.”(J)

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