Hear this word, O house of Israel, this lament1 I take up concerning you:
"Fallen is Virgin2 Israel, never to rise again, deserted in her own land, with no one to lift her up.3"
This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "The city that marches out a thousand strong for Israel will have only a hundred left; the town that marches out a hundred strong will have only ten left.4"
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