22 It hurls itself against him without mercy(A)
    as he flees headlong(B) from its power.(C)

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18 I will repay(A) them double(B) for their wickedness and their sin, because they have defiled my land(C) with the lifeless forms of their vile images(D) and have filled my inheritance with their detestable idols.(E)(F)

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17 The Lord has done what he planned;
    he has fulfilled(A) his word,
    which he decreed long ago.(B)
He has overthrown you without pity,(C)
    he has let the enemy gloat over you,(D)
    he has exalted the horn[a] of your foes.(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Lamentations 2:17 Horn here symbolizes strength.

I will not look on you with pity;(A)
    I will not spare you.
I will surely repay you for your conduct
    and for the detestable practices among you.

“‘Then you will know that I am the Lord.’(B)

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I will not look on you with pity;
    I will not spare you.(A)
I will repay you for your conduct
    and for the detestable practices among you.(B)

“‘Then you will know that it is I the Lord who strikes you.(C)

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18 Therefore I will deal with them in anger;(A) I will not look on them with pity(B) or spare them. Although they shout in my ears, I will not listen(C) to them.”

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As I listened, he said to the others, “Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity(A) or compassion.(B)

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