Because the power of Midian was so oppressive,(A) the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves(B) and strongholds.(C)

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The Lord, the Lord Almighty, has a day(A)
    of tumult and trampling(B) and terror(C)
    in the Valley of Vision,(D)
a day of battering down walls(E)
    and of crying out to the mountains.

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Lord, be gracious(A) to us;
    we long for you.
Be our strength(B) every morning,
    our salvation(C) in time of distress.(D)

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23 I looked at the earth,
    and it was formless and empty;(A)
and at the heavens,
    and their light(B) was gone.
24 I looked at the mountains,
    and they were quaking;(C)
    all the hills were swaying.
25 I looked, and there were no people;
    every bird in the sky had flown away.(D)
26 I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert;(E)
    all its towns lay in ruins(F)
    before the Lord, before his fierce anger.(G)

27 This is what the Lord says:

“The whole land will be ruined,(H)
    though I will not destroy(I) it completely.
28 Therefore the earth will mourn(J)
    and the heavens above grow dark,(K)
because I have spoken and will not relent,(L)
    I have decided and will not turn back.(M)

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