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16 Cut off the sower from Babylon,
    and him who handles the sickle in the time of harvest.
For fear of the oppressing sword,
    they will each return to their own people,
    and they will each flee to their own land.

17 “Israel is a hunted sheep.
    The lions have driven him away.
First, the king of Assyria devoured him,
    and now at last Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has broken his bones.”

18 Therefore Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, says:

“Behold, I will punish the king of Babylon and his land,
    as I have punished the king of Assyria.

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