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A Cornerstone in Zion

16 Therefore thus says the Lord God:

“Behold, I lay in Zion (A)a stone for a foundation,
A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;
Whoever believes will not act hastily.
17 Also I will make justice the measuring line,
And righteousness the plummet;
The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
And the waters will overflow the hiding place.
18 Your covenant with death will be annulled,
And your agreement with Sheol will not stand;
When the overflowing scourge passes through,
Then you will be trampled down by it.

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16 So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion,(A) a tested stone,(B)
    a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;(C)
the one who relies on it
    will never be stricken with panic.(D)
17 I will make justice(E) the measuring line
    and righteousness the plumb line;(F)
hail(G) will sweep away your refuge, the lie,
    and water will overflow(H) your hiding place.
18 Your covenant with death will be annulled;
    your agreement with the realm of the dead will not stand.(I)
When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by,(J)
    you will be beaten down(K) by it.

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