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Jeremiah 16:8-18 (New International Version)

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8 "And do not enter a house where there is feasting and sit down to eat and drink.1 9 For this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Before your eyes and in your days I will bring an end to the sounds2 of joy and gladness and to the voices of bride3 and bridegroom in this place.4 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?'5 11 then say to them, 'It is because your fathers forsook me,' declares the LORD, 'and followed other gods and served and worshiped6 them. They forsook me and did not keep my law.7 12 But you have behaved more wickedly than your fathers.8 See how each of you is following the stubbornness of his evil heart9 instead of obeying me. 13 So I will throw you out of this land10 into a land neither you nor your fathers have known,11 and there you will serve other gods12 day and night, for I will show you no favor.'13 14 "However, the days are coming,"14 declares the LORD, "when men will no longer say, 'As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,'15 15 but they will say, 'As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north16 and out of all the countries where he had banished them.'17 For I will restore18 them to the land I gave their forefathers.19 16 "But now I will send for many fishermen," declares the LORD, "and they will catch them.20 After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt21 them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks.22 17 My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden23 from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes.24 18 I will repay25 them double26 for their wickedness and their sin, because they have defiled my land27 with the lifeless forms of their vile images28 and have filled my inheritance with their detestable idols.29"30
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