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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I will make it a wasteland,(A)
    neither pruned nor cultivated,
    and briers and thorns(B) will grow there.
I will command the clouds
    not to rain(C) on it.”

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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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22 Listen! The report is coming—
    a great commotion from the land of the north!(A)
It will make the towns of Judah desolate,(B)
    a haunt of jackals.(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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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 26:6 That is, its name will be used in cursing (see 29:22); or, others will see that it is cursed.

The roads to Zion mourn,(A)
    for no one comes to her appointed festivals.
All her gateways are desolate,(B)
    her priests groan,
her young women grieve,
    and she is in bitter anguish.(C)

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18 for Mount Zion,(A) which lies desolate,(B)
    with jackals prowling over it.

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