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And you, watchtower of the flocks,[a] strong city of Jerusalem,
    you will be a kingdom as in the past.
    Jerusalem, the right to rule will come again to you.”

Why the Israelites Must Go to Babylon

Now, why do you cry so loudly?
    Is your king gone?
Have you lost your leader?
    You are in pain like a woman trying to give birth.
10 People of Jerusalem, be in pain.
    Be like a woman trying to give birth.
Now you must leave the city
    and live in the field.
You will go to Babylon.
    But you will be saved from that place.
The Lord will go there
    and take you back from your enemies.

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Footnotes

  1. 4:8 watchtower . . . flocks This probably means a part of Jerusalem. The leaders would be like shepherds in a tower watching their sheep.

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