16 You are to gather all the plunder of the town into the middle of the public square and completely burn the town(A) and all its plunder as a whole burnt offering to the Lord your God.(B) That town is to remain a ruin(C) forever, never to be rebuilt,

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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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Turn your steps toward these everlasting ruins,(A)
    all this destruction the enemy has brought on the sanctuary.

Your foes roared(B) in the place where you met with us;
    they set up their standards(C) as signs.
They behaved like men wielding axes
    to cut through a thicket of trees.(D)
They smashed all the carved(E) paneling
    with their axes and hatchets.
They burned your sanctuary to the ground;
    they defiled(F) the dwelling place(G) of your Name.(H)
They said in their hearts, “We will crush(I) them completely!”
    They burned(J) every place where God was worshiped in the land.

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Psalm 79

A psalm of Asaph.

O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance;(A)
    they have defiled(B) your holy temple,
    they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble.(C)

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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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27 But if you do not obey(A) me to keep the Sabbath(B) day holy by not carrying any load as you come through the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle an unquenchable fire(C) in the gates of Jerusalem that will consume her fortresses.’”(D)

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10 I have determined to do this city harm(A) and not good, declares the Lord. It will be given into the hands(B) of the king of Babylon, and he will destroy it with fire.’(C)

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then I will make this house like Shiloh(A) and this city a curse[a](B) among all the nations of the earth.’”

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  1. Jeremiah 26:6 That is, its name will be used in cursing (see 29:22); or, others will see that it is cursed.
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18 “Micah(A) of Moresheth prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah. He told all the people of Judah, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“‘Zion(B) will be plowed like a field,
    Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble,(C)
    the temple hill(D) a mound overgrown with thickets.’[a](E)

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  1. Jeremiah 26:18 Micah 3:12
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11 The Lord has given full vent to his wrath;(A)
    he has poured out(B) his fierce anger.(C)
He kindled a fire(D) in Zion
    that consumed her foundations.(E)

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I will send fire(A) on Judah
    that will consume the fortresses(B) of Jerusalem.(C)

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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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