20 “They will not hand you over,” Jeremiah replied. “Obey(A) the Lord by doing what I tell you. Then it will go well(B) with you, and your life(C) will be spared.

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[a]How deserted(A) lies the city,
    once so full of people!(B)
How like a widow(C) is she,
    who once was great(D) among the nations!
She who was queen among the provinces
    has now become a slave.(E)

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  1. Lamentations 1:1 This chapter is an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

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