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As for you, Jerusalem,
    the citadel of God’s people,[a]
your royal might and power
    will come back to you again.
The kingship will be restored
    to my precious Jerusalem.

But why are you now screaming in terror?
    Have you no king to lead you?
Have your wise people all died?
    Pain has gripped you like a woman in childbirth.
10 Writhe and groan like a woman in labor,
    you people of Jerusalem,[b]
for now you must leave this city
    to live in the open country.
You will soon be sent in exile
    to distant Babylon.
But the Lord will rescue you there;
    he will redeem you from the grip of your enemies.

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Footnotes

  1. 4:8 Hebrew As for you, Migdal-eder, / the Ophel of the daughter of Zion.
  2. 4:10 Hebrew O daughter of Zion.

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