They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.(A)

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Your country is desolate,(A)
    your cities burned with fire;(B)
your fields are being stripped by foreigners(C)
    right before you,
    laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.(D)

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Jerusalem staggers,
    Judah is falling;(A)
their words(B) and deeds(C) are against the Lord,
    defying(D) his glorious presence.

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11 Then I said, “For how long, Lord?”(A)

And he answered:

“Until the cities lie ruined(B)
    and without inhabitant,
until the houses are left deserted(C)
    and the fields ruined and ravaged,(D)

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12 The city is left in ruins,(A)
    its gate(B) is battered to pieces.

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They will rebuild the ancient ruins(A)
    and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
    that have been devastated for generations.

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A lion(A) has come out of his lair;(B)
    a destroyer(C) of nations has set out.
He has left his place
    to lay waste(D) your land.
Your towns will lie in ruins(E)
    without inhabitant.

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11 “I will make Jerusalem a heap(A) of ruins,
    a haunt of jackals;(B)
and I will lay waste the towns of Judah(C)
    so no one can live there.”(D)

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11 This whole country will become a desolate wasteland,(A) and these nations will serve(B) the king of Babylon seventy years.(C)

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22 I am going to give the order, declares the Lord, and I will bring them back to this city. They will fight against it, take(A) it and burn(B) it down. And I will lay waste(C) the towns of Judah so no one can live there.”

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“This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You saw the great disaster(A) I brought on Jerusalem and on all the towns of Judah.(B) Today they lie deserted and in ruins(C)

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Therefore, my fierce anger was poured out;(A) it raged against the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem and made them the desolate ruins(B) they are today.

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22 When the Lord could no longer endure(A) your wicked actions and the detestable things you did, your land became a curse(B) and a desolate waste(C) without inhabitants, as it is today.(D)

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33 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On the day I cleanse(A) you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins(B) will be rebuilt.(C)

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In that day people will ridicule you;
    they will taunt you with this mournful song:
‘We are utterly ruined;(A)
    my people’s possession is divided up.(B)
He takes it from me!
    He assigns our fields to traitors.’”

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12 Therefore because of you,
    Zion will be plowed like a field,
Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble,(A)
    the temple(B) hill a mound overgrown with thickets.(C)

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Woe to you who live by the sea,
    you Kerethite(A) people;
the word of the Lord is against you,(B)
    Canaan, land of the Philistines.
He says, “I will destroy you,
    and none will be left.”(C)

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Jerusalem Remains Unrepentant

“I have destroyed nations;
    their strongholds are demolished.
I have left their streets deserted,
    with no one passing through.
Their cities are laid waste;(A)
    they are deserted and empty.

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