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28 As soon as they felt some relief,
    they were again doing what you considered evil.
You abandoned them to their enemies, who conquered them.
They cried to you again, and you heard them from heaven.
You rescued them many times because of your compassion.
29 You warned them in order to bring them back to your teachings,
    but they became arrogant and would not obey your commandments.
They sinned by not following your regulations.
    If anyone follows them, he will find life in them.
But they gave you the cold shoulder,
    became impossible to deal with, and wouldn’t listen.
30 You were patient with them for many years.
You warned them by your Spirit through your prophets.
    However, they wouldn’t listen.
        So you handed them over to the people in the surrounding nations.

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