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16 Don’t let the people from Babylon plant their crops.
    Don’t let them gather the harvest.
The soldiers of Babylon treated their captives cruelly.
    Now, let everyone go back home!
    Let everyone run to his own country.

17 “The people of Israel are like a flock of sheep that are scattered.
    They are like sheep that have been chased away by lions.
The first lion to eat them up
    was the king of Assyria.
The last lion to crush their bones
    was Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.”

18 So this is what the Lord of heaven’s armies, the God of Israel, says:

“I will punish the king of Babylon and his country.
    I will punish him as I punished the king of Assyria.

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