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By frightening Jerusalem, by sending her away,[a]
    you contended with her,
    expelling with a fierce blast
    on the day of the east wind.
By this Jacob’s guilt is reconciled,
    and this was how his sins were finally removed:
    he made all the altar stones like shattered chalk,
    sacred poles[b] and incense altars that couldn’t stand.

10 The fortified city lies alone,
    a hut forsaken,
    abandoned like the desert.
Calves graze there;
    they lie down there and feed on its boughs.

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  1. Isaiah 27:8 Heb uncertain
  2. Isaiah 27:9 Heb asherim, perhaps objects devoted to the goddess Asherah

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