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17 Thus says the Lord of hosts:
“Consider and call for zthe mourning women,
That they may come;
And send for skillful wailing women,
That they may come.
And take up a wailing for us,
That aour eyes may run with tears,
And our eyelids gush with water.
‘How we are plundered!
We are greatly ashamed,
Because we have forsaken the land,
Because we have been cast out of bour dwellings.’ ”
And let your ear receive the word of His mouth;
Teach your daughters wailing,
And everyone her neighbor a lamentation.
Has entered our palaces,
And the young men—9no longer on the streets!
‘Even the carcasses of men shall fall das refuse on the open field,
Like cuttings after the harvester,
And no one shall gather them.’ ”
e“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
Let not the mighty man glory in his fmight,
Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;
24 But glet him who glories glory in this,
That he understands and knows Me,
That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, 1judgment, and righteousness in the earth.
hFor in these I delight,” says the Lord.
25 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “that iI will punish all who are circumcised with the uncircumcised—26 Egypt, Judah, Edom, the people of Ammon, Moab, and all who are in the jfarthest corners, who dwell in the wilderness. For all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are kuncircumcised in the heart.”
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