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18 Oh that you had listened to my commandments!
    Then your peace would have been like a river
    and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
19 Your offspring also would have been as the sand
    and the descendants of your body like its grains.
    His name would not be cut off nor destroyed from before me.”

20 Leave Babylon!
    Flee from the Chaldeans!
With a voice of singing announce this,
    tell it even to the end of the earth:
    say, “Yahweh has redeemed his servant 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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