5 “This is what the LORD says: “ ‘Cries of fear are heard— terror, not peace.

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6 Ask and see: Can a man bear children? Then why do I see every strong man with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor, every face turned deathly pale?

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7 How awful that day will be! No other will be like it. It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, but he will be saved out of it.

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8 “ ‘In that day,’ declares the LORD Almighty, ‘I will break the yoke off their necks and will tear off their bonds; no longer will foreigners enslave them.

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9 Instead, they will serve the LORD their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.

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10 “ ‘So do not be afraid, Jacob my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel,’ declares the LORD. ‘I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile. Jacob will again have peace and security, and no one will make him afraid.

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11 I am with you and will save you,’ declares the LORD. ‘Though I completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you but only in due measure; I will not let you go entirely unpunished.’

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12 “This is what the LORD says: “ ‘Your wound is incurable, your injury beyond healing.

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13 There is no one to plead your cause, no remedy for your sore, no healing for you.

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14 All your allies have forgotten you; they care nothing for you. I have struck you as an enemy would and punished you as would the cruel, because your guilt is so great and your sins so many.

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15 Why do you cry out over your wound, your pain that has no cure? Because of your great guilt and many sins I have done these things to you.

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