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Jeremiah 12:7-13 (New International Version)

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7 "I will forsake1 my house, abandon2 my inheritance; I will give the one I love3 into the hands of her enemies.4 8 My inheritance has become to me like a lion5 in the forest. She roars at me; therefore I hate her.6 9 Has not my inheritance become to me like a speckled bird of prey that other birds of prey surround and attack? Go and gather all the wild beasts; bring them to devour.7 10 Many shepherds8 will ruin my vineyard and trample down my field; they will turn my pleasant field into a desolate wasteland.9 11 It will be made a wasteland,10 parched and desolate before me;11 the whole land will be laid waste because there is no one who cares. 12 Over all the barren heights in the desert destroyers will swarm, for the sword12 of the LORD 13 will devour14 from one end of the land to the other;15 no one will be safe.16 13 They will sow wheat but reap thorns; they will wear themselves out but gain nothing.17 So bear the shame of your harvest because of the LORD's fierce anger."18
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