“This is a requirement of the law that the Lord has commanded: Tell the Israelites to bring you a red heifer(A) without defect or blemish(B) and that has never been under a yoke.(C)

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Then the elders of the town nearest the body shall take a heifer that has never been worked and has never worn a yoke(A)

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16 The Israelites are stubborn,(A)
    like a stubborn heifer.(B)
How then can the Lord pasture them
    like lambs(C) in a meadow?

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Israel Has Not Returned to God

Hear this word, you cows of Bashan(A) on Mount Samaria,(B)
    you women who oppress the poor(C) and crush the needy(D)
    and say to your husbands,(E) “Bring us some drinks!(F)

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