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4-5 The land suffers for the sins of its people. The earth languishes, the crops wither, the skies refuse their rain. The land is defiled by crime; the people have twisted the laws of God and broken his everlasting commands. Therefore the curse of God is upon them; they are left desolate, destroyed by the drought. Few will be left alive.

All the joys of life will go: the grape harvest will fail, the wine will be gone, the merrymakers will sigh and mourn.

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