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Isaiah 51:18-23 (New Century Version)

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18 Jerusalem had many people, but there was not one to lead her. Of all the people who grew up there, no one was there to guide her. 19 Troubles came to you two by two, but no one will feel sorry for you. There was ruin and disaster, great hunger and fighting. No one can comfort you. 20 Your people have become weak. They fall down and lie on every street corner, like animals caught in a net. and have heard God's angry shout. 21 So listen to me, poor Jerusalem, you who are drunk but not from wine. 22 Your God will defend his people. "The punishment I gave you is like a cup of wine. You drank it and could not walk straight. But I am taking that cup of my anger away from you, and you will never be punished by my anger again. 23 I will now give that cup of punishment to those who gave you pain, who told you, 'Bow down so we can walk over you.' They made your back like dirt for them to walk on; you were like a street for them to travel on."
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