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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.

The Lord Will Bring His People Together

10 Fortress cities are left
like a desert
    where no one lives.
Cattle walk through the ruins,
    stripping the trees bare.

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

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