You [C Jerusalem] have ·left me [cast me off],” says the Lord. “You keep going ·farther and farther away [backward], so I have ·taken hold of you [L stretched out my hand] and destroyed you. I was tired of ·holding back my anger [relenting].
“You left me, remember?” God’s Decree. “You turned your back and walked out. So I will grab you and hit you hard. I’m tired of letting you off the hook. I threw you to the four winds and let the winds scatter you like leaves. I made sure you’ll lose everything, since nothing makes you change. I created more widows among you than grains of sand on the ocean beaches. At noon mothers will get the news of their sons killed in action. Sudden anguish for the mothers— all those terrible deaths. A mother of seven falls to the ground, gasping for breath, Robbed of her children in their prime. Her sun sets at high noon! Then I’ll round up any of you that are left alive and see that you’re killed by your enemies.” God’s Decree.
Thou hast forsaken me, saith the Lord, thou hast gone aback; and I shall stretch forth mine hand on thee, and I shall slay thee; I travailed praying. (Thou hast deserted me, saith the Lord, thou hast gone away; and I shall stretch forth my hand against thee, and I shall kill thee; I am weary of restraining myself.)
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