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16 So the Lord, the Eternal, has this to say:

Eternal One: See here, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone—
        a cornerstone, chosen and precious—for a firm foundation.
    Whoever trusts in it will never be disgraced.[a]

17     Justice will be the line by which I lay out its floor plan,
        and righteousness will be My leveling tool.
    A hailstorm will pulverize and wash away the fraud and deception behind which people hide,
        and floodwaters will overrun their hiding place.

18 Then your pact with death and the grave will be annulled.
    When the scourge that you fear comes along,
It will find you and pummel you down.

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