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18 If you had obeyed me,
    you would have had peace like a full-flowing river.
    Good things would have flowed to you like the waves of the sea.
19 You would have had many children.
    They would have been as many as the grains of sand.
They would never have died out.
    They would not have been destroyed.”

20 My people, leave Babylon!
    Run from the Babylonians!
Tell this news with shouts of joy to the people.
    Spread it everywhere on earth.
Say, “The Lord has saved
    his servants, the people of Jacob.”

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18 If only you had paid attention(A) to my commands,
    your peace(B) would have been like a river,(C)
    your well-being(D) like the waves of the sea.
19 Your descendants(E) would have been like the sand,(F)
    your children like its numberless grains;(G)
their name would never be blotted out(H)
    nor destroyed from before me.”

20 Leave Babylon,
    flee(I) from the Babylonians!
Announce this with shouts of joy(J)
    and proclaim it.
Send it out to the ends of the earth;(K)
    say, “The Lord has redeemed(L) his servant Jacob.”

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