1Then Yahweh said to me, "Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my heart would not turn toward this people.
Send them out of my sight, and let them go!
2And when they ask you, 'Where shall we go?' you shall say to them, 'Thus says Yahweh:
10Woe is me, my mother, that you bore me, a man of strife and contention to the whole land! I have not lent, nor have I borrowed, yet all of them curse me. 11So let it be, O Yahweh, if I have not entreated you for their good, if I have not pleaded with you on behalf of the enemy in the time of trouble and in the time of distress!
12Can one break iron, iron from the north, and bronze? 13"Your wealth and your treasures I will give as spoil, without price, for all your sins, throughout all your territory. 14I will make you serve your enemies in a land which you do not know, for in my anger a fire is kindled which shall burn for ever." 15 O Yahweh, you know;
remember me and visit me,
and take vengeance for me on my persecutors.
In your forbearance take me not away;
know that for your sake I bear reproach.
16Your words were found, and I ate them,
and your words became to me a joy
and the delight of my heart;
for I am called by your name,
O Yahweh, God of hosts.
17I did not sit in the company of merrymakers,
nor did I rejoice;
I sat alone, because your hand was upon me,
for you had filled me with indignation.
18Why is my pain unceasing,
my wound incurable,
refusing to be healed?
Will you be to me like a deceitful brook,
like waters that fail?
19Therefore thus says Yahweh:
"If you return, I will restore you,
and you shall stand before me.
If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless,
you shall be as my mouth.
They shall turn to you, but you shall not turn to them.
20And I will make you to this people
a fortified wall of bronze;
they will fight against you,
but they shall not prevail over you,
for I am with you
to save you and deliver you,
21I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked,
and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless."
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