And if you say in your heart,
'Why have these things come upon me?' it is for the greatness of your iniquity that
your skirts are lifted up and you suffer violence.
Jeremiah 13:22 In-Context
"Lift up your eyes and see those who come from the north. Where is the flock that was given you, your beautiful flock?
What will you say when they set as head over you those whom you yourself have taught to be friends to you? Will not pangs take hold of you like those of a woman in labor?
And if you say in your heart, 'Why have these things come upon me?' it is for the greatness of your iniquity that your skirts are lifted up and you suffer violence.
Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then also you can do good who are accustomed to do evil.
I will scatter youlike chaff driven by the wind from the desert.
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