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13 Would you wait for them to grow up and refuse to marry someone else? No, of course not, my daughters! Things are far more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord himself has raised his fist against me.”

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21 “Have mercy on me, my friends, have mercy,
    for the hand of God has struck me.

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Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
    My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude

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15 Every time Israel went out to battle, the Lord fought against them, causing them to be defeated, just as he had warned. And the people were in great distress.

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Your arrows have struck deep,
    and your blows are crushing me.

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I am silent before you; I won’t say a word,
    for my punishment is from you.
10 But please stop striking me!
    I am exhausted by the blows from your hand.

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11 The people summoned the Philistine rulers again and begged them, “Please send the Ark of the God of Israel back to its own country, or it[a] will kill us all.” For the deadly plague from God had already begun, and great fear was sweeping across the town.

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Footnotes

  1. 5:11 Or he.

15 The Lord struck them down until they had all been eliminated from the community.

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