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1 The righteous perisheth, and no man considereth it in heart, and merciful men are taken away, and no man understandeth that the righteous is taken away [a]from the evil to come.

2 [b]Peace shall come: they shall rest in their beds, everyone that walketh before him.

3 But you [c]witches’ children, come hither, the seed of the adulterer and of the whore.

4 On whom have ye jested? upon whom have ye gaped and thrust out your tongue? are not ye rebellious children, and a false seed?

5 Inflamed with idols under every green tree? and sacrificing the [d]children in the valleys under the tops of the rocks?

6 Thy portion is in the smooth stones [e]of the river: they, they are thy lot: even to them hast thou poured a drink offering: thou hast offered a sacrifice. Should I delight in [f]these?

7 Thou hast made thy [g]bed upon a very high mountain: thou wentest up thither, even thither wentest thou to offer sacrifice.


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