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The earth is polluted because of its inhabitants,
    for they have transgressed laws, violated statutes,
    broken the ancient covenant.[a](A)
Therefore a curse devours the earth,
    and its inhabitants pay for their guilt;
Therefore they who dwell on earth have dwindled,
    and only a few are left.(B)
The new wine mourns, the vine languishes,
    all the merry-hearted groan.(C)

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  1. 24:5 Ancient covenant: God’s commandments to all humankind (cf. Gn 9:4–6).

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