25 May their place be deserted;(A)
    let there be no one to dwell in their tents.(B)

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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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14 The fortress(A) will be abandoned,
    the noisy city deserted;(B)
citadel and watchtower(C) will become a wasteland forever,
    the delight of donkeys,(D) a pasture for flocks,(E)

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No longer will they call you Deserted,(A)
    or name your land Desolate.(B)
But you will be called Hephzibah,[a](C)
    and your land Beulah[b];
for the Lord will take delight(D) in you,
    and your land will be married.(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 62:4 Hephzibah means my delight is in her.
  2. Isaiah 62:4 Beulah means married.

15 Lions(A) have roared;
    they have growled at him.
They have laid waste(B) his land;
    his towns are burned(C) and deserted.(D)

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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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[a]How deserted(A) lies the city,
    once so full of people!(B)
How like a widow(C) is she,
    who once was great(D) among the nations!
She who was queen among the provinces
    has now become a slave.(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Lamentations 1:1 This chapter is an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

therefore, mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign Lord: This is what the Sovereign Lord says to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys,(A) to the desolate ruins(B) and the deserted(C) towns that have been plundered and ridiculed(D) by the rest of the nations around you(E)

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