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2 In that day csing to her,
3 eI, the Lord, keep it,
I water it every moment;
Lest any hurt it,
I keep it night and day.
Who would set fbriers and thorns
Against Me in battle?
I would go through them,
I would burn them together.
5 Or let him take hold gof My strength,
That he may hmake peace with Me;
And he shall make peace with Me.”
6 Those who come He shall cause ito take root in Jacob;
Israel shall blossom and bud,
And fill the face of the world with fruit.
Or has He been slain according to the slaughter of those who were slain by Him?
8 kIn measure, by sending it away,
You contended with it.
lHe removes it by His rough wind
In the day of the east wind.
And this is all the fruit of taking away his sin:
When he makes all the stones of the altar
Like chalkstones that are beaten to dust,
3Wooden images and incense altars shall not stand.
10 Yet the fortified city will be mdesolate,
The habitation forsaken and left like a wilderness;
There the calf will feed, and there it will lie down
And consume its branches.
The women come and set them on fire.
For nit is a people of no understanding;
Therefore He who made them will onot have mercy on them,
And pHe who formed them will show them no favor.
That the Lord will thresh,
From the channel of 4the River to the Brook of Egypt;
And you will be qgathered one by one,
O you children of Israel.
13 rSo it shall be in that day:
sThe great trumpet will be blown;
They will come, who are about to perish in the land of Assyria,
And they who are outcasts in the land of tEgypt,
And shall uworship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.
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