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27 So you delivered them into the control of their enemies,
    who oppressed them.
But when they were oppressed,
    they cried out to you,
        and you heard from heaven.
In your great compassion
    you gave them deliverers who rescued them
        from the control of their enemies.

28 “But after they had gained relief,
    they returned to doing evil before you.
Therefore you abandoned them to the control of their enemies,
    who continued to oppress them.
But when they came back and cried out to you,
    you listened from heaven
        and delivered them in your compassion on many occasions.
29 You admonished them to return to your Law,
    but they acted arrogantly,
        and would not listen[a] to your commands.
They sinned against your regulations,
    which if anyone obeys,
        he will live by them.
They turned away,
    being stubborn and stiff-necked,
        and they did not listen.[b]

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  1. Nehemiah 9:29 Or obey
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