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I, the Lord, didn’t punish and kill
    the people of Israel
as fiercely as I punished
    and killed their enemies.
I carefully measured out
    Israel’s punishment[a]
and sent the scorching heat
    to chase them far away.

There’s only one way
that Israel’s sin and guilt
    can be completely forgiven:
They must crush the stones
of every pagan altar
    and place of worship.

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Footnotes

  1. 27.8 I. . . punishment: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

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