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28 For this the earth shall mourn,
    and the heavens above be black,
because I have spoken it, I have purposed it,
    and will not relent, nor will I turn back from it.

29 The whole city shall flee
    for the noise of the horsemen and bowmen.
They shall go into thickets
    and climb up upon the rocks.
Every city shall be forsaken,
    and not a man dwell in it.

30 When you are devastated, what will you do?
    Though you clothe yourself with crimson,
    though you deck yourself with ornaments of gold,
though you enlarge your eyes with paint,
    in vain you will make yourself fair.
Your lovers will despise you;
    they will seek your life.

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28 Therefore the earth will mourn(A)
    and the heavens above grow dark,(B)
because I have spoken and will not relent,(C)
    I have decided and will not turn back.(D)

29 At the sound of horsemen and archers(E)
    every town takes to flight.(F)
Some go into the thickets;
    some climb up among the rocks.(G)
All the towns are deserted;(H)
    no one lives in them.

30 What are you doing,(I) you devastated one?
    Why dress yourself in scarlet
    and put on jewels(J) of gold?
Why highlight your eyes with makeup?(K)
    You adorn yourself in vain.
Your lovers(L) despise you;
    they want to kill you.(M)

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