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Jeremiah 16:10-20 (New International Version)

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10 "When you tell these people all this and they ask you, 'Why has the LORD decreed such a great disaster against us? What wrong have we done? What sin have we committed against the LORD our God?'1 11 then say to them, 'It is because your fathers forsook me,' declares the LORD, 'and followed other gods and served and worshiped2 them. They forsook me and did not keep my law.3 12 But you have behaved more wickedly than your fathers.4 See how each of you is following the stubbornness of his evil heart5 instead of obeying me. 13 So I will throw you out of this land6 into a land neither you nor your fathers have known,7 and there you will serve other gods8 day and night, for I will show you no favor.'9 14 "However, the days are coming,"10 declares the LORD, "when men will no longer say, 'As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,'11 15 but they will say, 'As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north12 and out of all the countries where he had banished them.'13 For I will restore14 them to the land I gave their forefathers.15 16 "But now I will send for many fishermen," declares the LORD, "and they will catch them.16 After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt17 them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks.18 17 My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden19 from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes.20 18 I will repay21 them double22 for their wickedness and their sin, because they have defiled my land23 with the lifeless forms of their vile images24 and have filled my inheritance with their detestable idols.25"26 19 O LORD, my strength and my fortress, my refuge27 in time of distress, to you the nations will come28 from the ends of the earth and say, "Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods,29 worthless idols30 that did them no good.31 20 Do men make their own gods? Yes, but they are not gods!"32
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