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You, Jerusalem, watchtower of the flock,
    stronghold of the people of Zion,
        your former government will come back to you.
            The kingdom will return to the people of Jerusalem.

Now why are you crying so loudly?
    Don’t you have a king?
        Has your counselor died?
    Pain grips you like a woman in labor.
10 Daughter of Zion, writhe in pain and groan like a woman in labor.
    Now you will leave the city,
    live in the open fields,
        and go to Babylon.
            There you will be rescued.
            There Yahweh will reclaim you from your enemies.

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