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Jeremiah 15:7-17 (New International Version)

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7 I will winnow1 them with a winnowing fork at the city gates of the land. I will bring bereavement2 and destruction on my people,3 for they have not changed their ways.4 8 I will make their widows5 more numerous than the sand of the sea. At midday I will bring a destroyer6 against the mothers of their young men; suddenly I will bring down on them anguish and terror.7 9 The mother of seven will grow faint8 and breathe her last.9 Her sun will set while it is still day; she will be disgraced10 and humiliated. I will put the survivors to the sword11 before their enemies,"12 declares the LORD. 10 Alas, my mother, that you gave me birth,13 a man with whom the whole land strives and contends!14 I have neither lent15 nor borrowed, yet everyone curses16 me. 11 The LORD said, "Surely I will deliver you17 for a good purpose; surely I will make your enemies plead18 with you in times of disaster and times of distress. 12 "Can a man break iron-- iron from the north19--or bronze? 13 Your wealth20 and your treasures I will give as plunder,21 without charge,22 because of all your sins throughout your country.23 14 I will enslave you to your enemies ina a land you do not know,24 for my anger will kindle a fire25 that will burn against you." 15 You understand, O LORD; remember me and care for me. Avenge me on my persecutors.26 You are long-suffering27--do not take me away; think of how I suffer reproach for your sake.28 16 When your words came, I ate29 them; they were my joy and my heart's delight,30 for I bear your name,31 O LORD God Almighty. 17 I never sat32 in the company of revelers, never made merry with them; I sat alone because your hand33 was on me and you had filled me with indignation.
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