The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, after King Zedekiah (A)had made a covenant with all the people in Jerusalem (B)to make a proclamation of liberty to them, (C)that everyone should set free his Hebrew slaves, male and female, (D)so that no one should enslave a Jew, his brother. 10 And they obeyed, all the officials and all the people who had entered into the covenant that everyone would set free his slave, male or female, so that they would not be enslaved again. They obeyed and set them free. 11 But afterward they turned around and took back the male and female slaves (E)they had set free, and brought them into subjection as slaves.

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20 For if, (A)after they have escaped the defilements of the world (B)through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, (C)the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21 For (D)it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from (E)the holy commandment delivered to them. 22 What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The (F)dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.”

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