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18 So this is what the Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts], the God of Israel, says:

“I will punish the king of Babylon and his country
    as I punished the king of Assyria [C defeated by Babylon at the end of the seventh century bc].
19 But I will bring the people of Israel back to their own pasture.
    They will ·eat [feed] on Mount Carmel and in Bashan [C particularly lush areas].
They will ·eat and be full [be sated]
    on the hills of Ephraim and Gilead.”
20 The Lord says,
    “At that time and in those days people will try to find Israel’s guilt,
    but there will be no guilt.
People will try to find Judah’s sins,
    but no sins will be found,
because I will leave a ·few people alive from Israel and Judah [remnant],
    and I will forgive their sins.

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