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Gods expoftulation

with the Jews. 16 Alfo the children of Noph and Taha panes have broken the crown of thy head. 17 Haft thou not procured this unto thy felf, in that thou haft forfaken the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way?

Chap.. 18 For behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city,and an ironpillar, and bralen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the Princes thereof, against the prielts thereof, and against the people of the land,

19 And they fhall fight against thee,but they thatnot prevail againit thee, for I am with thee,faith the LORD,todeliver thee CHAP. II.

18 And now what haft thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? or what halt thou to do in the way of Affyria, to drink the waters ofthe river?

19 Thine own wickedneffe thall corre&t 1 Gods expoftulation with the Jews touch- thee, and thy back-fliding thall reprove ing their caufeless revolt. 14 They are the thee: know therefore and fee that it is an caufes of their own calamities. evill thing and bitter that thou haft forfa

Moreover, the word of the LORD came

to faying,

2 Go, and cry in the ears of Jerufalem, faying, Thus faith the LORD, I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine efponfals, when thou wenteft after me in the wildernels, in a land that was not fowen.

3 Ifrael was holinefs unto the LORD, and the frit-fruits of his increate all that devour him, fhall offend; evill fhall come upon them, faith the LORD.

4 Hear ye the word of the LORD, O houfe of Jacob, and all the families of the houfe of Ifrael.

Ken the LORD thy God, and that my fear

not in thee, faith the Lord GOD of hosts. 20 For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands, and thou faidit, I will not tranfgrefs: when upon every high hil, and under every green tree thou wandereft, playing the harlot.

21 Yet I had planted thee a noble vine wholly a right feed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a ftrange vine unto me?

22For though thou wath thee with nitre, & take thee much fope; yet thine iniquity is marked before me, faith the Lord God.

23 How canft thou fay, I am not pol5 Thus faith the LORD, what iniquity luted, I have not gone after Baalim? fee have your fathers found in me, that they thy way in the valley, know what thou are gone far from me, and have walked haft done thou art a swift dromedary after vanity, and are become vain? traverfing her wayes. 6 Neither faid they, Where is the LORD 24 A wilde afle ufed to the wilderneffe, that brought us up out of the land of E- that inuffeth up the wind at her pleafure gypt? that led us through the wildernefs, in her occalion who can turn her away? all through a land of deferts, and of pits, they that feek her, will not weary themthrough a land of drought, and ofthe ha- felves, in her moneth they fhall find her. dow of death, through a land that no man Paffed through, and where no man dwelt. 7 And I brought you unto a plentifull countrey, to eat the fruit thereof, and the goodnel's thereof, but when ye entred, ye defiled my land, and made niine heritage an abomination.

25 Withhold thy foot from being un hod, and thy throat from thirst, but thou faidit, There is no hope, No, for I have. loved itrangers, and after them will I go..

26 As the thief is afhamed when he is found: fois the houfe of Ifrael afhamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their 8 The priests faid not, Where is the priests, and their prophets. LORD? and they that handle the law knew 27 Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; me not: paltours alfotranfgreffed againit & to a tone, Thou balt brought me forth; me, and the prophets prophefied by Baal, for they have turned their back unto me, and walked after things that do not profit, and not their face, but in the time of their 9 Wherefore I will yet plead with trouble, they will fay Arife and fave us. you faith the LORD, and with your chil- 28 But where are thy gods that thou drens children will I plead. halt made thee? letthem arife if they can fave thee in the time of thy trouble: For according to the number ofthy cities are thy gods, O Judah.

to For, pale over the ifles of Chittim,& fee and fend unto Kedar, and confiderdiligently: and fee if there befuch a thing. Hath a nation changed their gods, 29 Wherefore will ye plead with me? which are yet no gods? but my people ye all have tranfgreffed against me, faith have changed their glory for that which the LORD.

doth not profit. 30 In vain have Ifinitten your chil12 Be altonifhed, Oye heavens at this, dren, they received no correction: your and be horribly afraid, be ye very defe- own fword hath devoured your prophets, late, faith the LORD. like a destroying lion.

13 For my people have committed two 31 Ogeneration, feeyethe word of evils:they have forfaken mey fountain of the LORD: have I been a wilderneffe un. living waters,& hewed them out cifterns, to Ifrael, a land of darkneffe? wherebroken cifterns that can hold no water. fore fay my people, We are lords, we 14 Is Ifrael a fervant? is he a home- will come no more unto thee? born/lave? why is he fpoiled?

15 The young lions roared upon him, a and yelled, and they made his land wafte: his cities are but without inhabitant,

32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, on bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me, days without number. 33 Why triminest thou thy way

Jeremiah:

Gols mercy Judabs fine. feek love therefore haft thou also taught not caufe mine anger to fall upon you: for the wicked ones thy ways. Tam mercifull, faith the LORD,and I will not keep anger forever.

34 Alfoin thy skirts is found the blood of the fouls of the poore innocents: I have not found it by fecret fearch, but upon all

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35 Yet thou fayeft, Because I am innocent, furely his angerthall turn from n: behold, I will plead with thee, Becaufe thou fayeft, I have not finned..

36 Why gaddelt thou about fo much to change thy way?thou allo fhalt be ashamed of Egypt, as thou waft afhamed of Affyria. 37 Yea, thou shalt go forth from him, and thine hands upon thine head: for the LORD hath rejected thy confidences, and thou thalt not profperin them.

CHAP. II1.

1 Gods great mercy in ludaks vite whoredom. 12 The promises of the gospel to the penitent, 20 Ifraels confeßion of their fins.

Hey fay, ita man puta way his wife, and the go from him & become another mans, fhall he return unto her again? fhall noty land be greatly polluted? but thou haft played thehatlot many lovers; yet return again to me, faith the LORD.

2 Lift up thine eyes unto the high places, and fee where thou haft not been lien with: in the wayes halt thou fat for them as the Arabian in the wildernefs, andthou haft polluted the land with thy whoredoms, and withthy wickedness.

Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain, and thou hadft a whores forehead, thou refufedit to be ashamed.

4Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me My father, thou art the guide of my youth? Will he referve bis anger forever? Will he keep it to the end? Behold, thou haft fpoKen and done evilthings as thou couldft.

6 The LORD faid alfo unto me in the dayes of Jofiah the king, Hait thou feen that which back-fliding Ifrael hath done? fhe is gone up upon every high mountain, and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot.

7 And I faid after he had done all thefe things, Turn thou unto me:but the returned not, and her treacherous lifter Judah faw it.

8 And 1 faw, when for all the caufes whereby back-fliding Ifrael committed adultery, I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce: yet her treacherous fifter Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot allo.

9And it came topafs through the lightnefs of her whoredom, that the defiled the land, and committed adultery with tones and with stocks.

to And yet for all this, her treacherous fifter Judah hath not turned unto mew her whole heart: but feignedly,faith LORD. II And the LORD fald unto me, The back-fiding Ifrael hath juftified her felf more then the treacherous Judah,

13 Onely acknowledge thine iniquity, y thou haft tranfgreffed against the Lord thy God, and haft fcattered thy ways to the trangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice,laith the LORD. 14 Turn, Oback-fliding children, faith the LORD,for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion.

15 And I will give you paltours according to mine heart, which fhall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

16 And it hall come to pafs when ye be multiplied and increafed in the land: in thole dayes, faith the LORD, they fhall fay no more, Theark of the covenant of the LORD: neither fhall it come to mind,neither fhall they remember it, neither fhall they visit it, neither shall that be done any more. 17 At that time they shall call Jerufalem the throne of the LORD, and all the nations fhall be gathered unto it, to the Name of the LORD, to Jerufalem: neither fhall they walk any more after the imagination of their evilheart.

18 In thofe dayes the houfe of Judah fhall walk with the houfe of Ifrael, and they fhall come together out of the land of the north, to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers. 19 But I faid. How fhall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleafant land, a goodly heritage of the hofts of nations? and I taid, Thoufhalt call me, My father. and halt not turn away from me.

20. Surely, as a wife treacheroufly departeth from her husband: fo have you dealt treacheroufly with me, O house of Ifrael, faith the LORD.

21 A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and fupplications of the children of Ifrael: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the LORD their God,

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22 Return ye back-fliding children, and will heal your back-flidings: behold, we come unto thee, for thou art the LORD our God.

23 Truely in vain is falvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truely in the LORD our God the falvation of Ifrael.

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24 Forfhame hath devoured labour of our fathers from our youth;their flocks,&their herds, their fons and their daughters.

25. We lie down in our fhame, and our confufion covereth us: for we have finned againt the LORD our God, we and our fathers from our youth, even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God.

CHA P. IV. God calleth Israel by bis promife. 3 He exhorteth Judab to repentance.

Go, and proclain these words to- F thou wilt return, Ifrael, faith the ward the north, and fay, Return thou back-LORD, return unto me; and if thou ding Ifrael, faith the LORD, and I will wilt put away thine abomations out of

Judah exhorted.

Chap. v.

Gods judgemen my fight, then halt thou not remove. 20 Deftruction upon deftruction is cried 2 And thoufhalt fwear, The LORD li- forŷ whole land is fpoiled: fuddenly are my veth in truth, in judgement and in righ- tents spoiled,& ry curtains in a moment. teoutnefs,and the nations fhall bless them- 21 How long thall I fee the ftandard felves in him, and in him fhall they glory. and hear the found of the trumpet? 3 For thus faith the LORD to the men of Judah & Jerufalem, Break up your fallow ground, and fow not among thorns. Circumcife your felves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah, and inhabitants ofJerufalem: left my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

5 Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerufalem, and fay, Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and fay, Affemble your felves, and let us go into the defenced cities.

6 Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, ay not; for I will bring evil from the north, and a great deltruction.

7 The lion is come up from his thicket, and the deftroyer of the Gentiles is on his way, he is gone forth from his place to make thy land defolate, and thy cities fhall be laid walte, without an inhabitant.

8 For this gird you with fackcloath, la ment and howl: for the fierce anger of the LORD is not turned back from us.

9. And it fhall come to pafs at that day, faith the LORD, that the heart of the king fhall perish, and the heart of the princes: and the priests fhall be aftonifhed, and the prophets fhall wonder.

22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me, they are fottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wife to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.

23 I beheld the earth, and lo, it was without form and void: and the heavens, and they had no light.

24 I beheld the mountains, and lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. 25 I beheld, and lo,there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.

26 I beheld, and lo, the fruit full place was a wilderness,and all the cities thereof were broken down at the prefence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger.

27 For thus hath the LORD faid, The whole land fhall be defolate; yet will I not make a full end.

28 For this fhall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black; becaufe I have fpoken it, I have purpofed it, and will not repent, neither will turn back from it. 29 The whole city fhall fee, for the noife of the horse-men and bow-men, they fhall go in thickets, and climb up upon the rocks: every city shall be forfaken, and net a man dwell therein.

30 And when thou art ipoiled, what wilt. thou do? Though thou cloatheft thy felf to Then faid I,Ah Lord God, furely thou with crimon, though thou deckeft thee halt greatly deceived this people, and Je- with ornaments of gold, though thou rufalem, faying, Ye fhall have peace, renteft thy face with painting, in vain whereas the fword reacheth unto the foul. fhalt thou make thy felf fair; thy lovers 11 Aty time fhall it be faid to this people will defpife thee, they will feek thy life. and to Jerufalem, A dry wind of the high 31 For I have heard a voice as ofa woman. Places in wildernefs toward the daughter in travel, and the anguifh as for her that of my people, not to fan, nor to cleanfe, bringeth forth her firf child, the voice of 12 Even a full wind from those places the daughter of Zion: that bewaileth her fhall come unto me: now alfo will I give felf, that fpreadeth her hands, faying, Wo fentence against them. is me now, for my foul is wearied because of murderers. CHAP. V. The judgement of God upon the Jews, their manifold corruptions.

13 Behold, he fhall come up as clouds, and his chariots fhall be as a whirie-wind: his horfes are fwifter then eagles: wo unto us, for we are spoiled.

14 O Jerufalen wafli thine heart from wickednels, that thou mayeft be faved: how long fhall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?

15 For a voicedeclareth from Dan, & publifheth affliction from mount Ephraim. 16 Make ye mention to nations,behold, publish against Jerufalem, that watchers come from a far countrey, and give out their voice against the cities of Judah.

Jerufalem, and fee now and know, and Un ye to and fro through the ftreets of feek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeh judgement, that feeketh the truth, and I will pardon it.

And though they fay, The LORD liveth, furely they fwear fallly.

3 O LORD, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou haft ftricken them, but they 17 As keepers of a field are they againft have not grieved;thou haft confumedthem her round about; becaufe the hath been but they have refufed to receive correctirebellious against me, faith the LORD. on they have made their faces harder 18 Thy way and thy doings have pro- then a rock, they have refufed to return. cured these things unto thee, this is thy 4Therefore I faid, Surely there are goor, wickednels, because it is bitter, because they are foolish; for they know not way it reacheth unto thine heart. ofy LORD,nor the judgment of their God. 19 My bowels,my bowels, I am pained 5 I will get me unto the great men, and at my very heart, my heart maketh a noife willfpeak unto them, for they have known in me, I cannot hold my peace, becaufe the way of he LORD, and the judgemens thou haft heard, O my foul, the found of of their God: but thefe have altoget the trumpet, the alarm of war.

Gods wrath proclaimed.

Falahe corruptions. Jeremiah. broken the yoke, and burftthe bonds. 23 But this people hath arevolting and a 5 Whe efore a lion out of the forrelt rebellious heart they are revolted & gone. fhall lay them, and a wolf of the evenings 24 Neither fay they in theirheart, Let fhall fpuil them, a leopard (hall watch us now tear the LORD our God that giveth over their cities: every one that goeth rain, both the former and the latterin his nt thence thall be torn in pieces: becaufe feafon: he referveth unto us the appointtheir tranfgreflions are many, and their ed weeks of the harvest. back-liding, are increafed

How fhall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forfaken me, and fworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and allembled themselves by troops in the harlots houfes,

8 They were as fed horfes in the mornngs every one neighed after his neighbours wite.

9 Shall I not vifit for thefe things, faith the LORD, and fhall not niy foul be avenged on fuch a nation as this?

to Go ye upon her walls and deftroy, but make not a full end: take away her battlements, for they are not the LORDS. II For the houfe of Ifrael and the houfe of Judah have dealt very treacherouil againit me, faith the LORD.

25Youriniquities have turned away thefe things, and your fins have withholden good things from you.

26 For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait as he that fetteth fnares,they let a trap, they catch men.

27 As a cage is full of birds, fo are their houfes full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxed rich.

28 They are waxed fat, they fhine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the caufe, the caufeofthe fatherless, yet they profper and the right of the needy do they not judge. 29 Shall I not vifit for thefe things, faith the LORD? thall not my foul be avenged on fuch a nation as this?

30 A wonderfull and horrible thing is committed in the land.

12They have bleffed the LORD,and faid 31 The proplets prophefie fally, and the It is not he, neither fhall evil come upon priefts bear rule by their meanes: and us, neither fhall we fee (word nor famine: my people love to have it fo: and what will 13 And the prophets fhall become wind, ye do in the end thereof. and the word is not in them: thus fhallit be done unto them.

14 Wherefore thus faith the LORD God of hotts, fpeak phos Because ye beards in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it fhall de

vour them.

15 Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far, houfe of Ifrael, faith LORD: it is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whofe language thou knowelt not, neither underftandeft what they fay. 16 Their quiver is as an open fepulchre, they are all mighty men.

17 And they fhall eat up thine harveft and thy bread, which thy fons and thy daughters fhould eat: they fhall eat up thy fucks and thine herds: they fhall eat up thy vines and thy fig-trees: they fhall impoverish thy fenced cities, wherein thou truftedft, with the f word.

18 Nevertheless in thofe days, faith the LORD, I will not make a full end with you. 19 And it fhall come to pafs when ye fhall fay, Wherefore doth the LORD our God all these things unto us? then fhalt thou answer them, Like as ye have forfaken me, and ferved ftrange gods in your land; fo shall ye ferveftrangers in a land that is not yours.

20 Declare this in the houfe of Jacob, and publifhitin Judah, faying,

21 Hear now this, Ofoolish people, and without under/tanding, which have eyes and fee not, which have ears and hear not. 22 Fear ye not me faith the LORD? will ye not tremble at my prefence, which have placed the fand for the bound of the fea, by a perpetual decree y it cannot pals it; and though the waves thereof toffe themlves, yet can they not prevail; though

roar, yet can they not pafs over it.

CHAP.

VI.

I Judabs enemies. 4 Encourage them felves. 6 Godfetteth them on work.

Olelves to flee out of the micit of you falem, and blow the trumpet in Tekoa: and fet up a fign of fire in Beth-haecerem: for evil appeareth out of the north, and great destruction.

Ye children of Benjamin, gather

2 I have likened the daughters of Zion, to a comely and delicate woman.

3 The fhepherds with their flocks fhall come unto her: they fhall pitch their tents against her round about: they fhall feed every one in his place.

4 Prepare ye war against her: arife and let us go up at noon wo unto us, for the day goeth away, for the shadows of the evening are ftretched out.

5 Arife, and let us go by night, and let us deftroy herpalaces.

6 For thus hath the LORD of hosts faid Hew ye down trees,& cait a mount against Jerufalem: this is the city to be vifited, the is wholly oppreffionin the midst of her.

7 Asa fountain calleth out her waters; fo the cateth out her wickedneffe: violence and fpoile is heard in her, before me continually isgrief and wounds.

8 Bethouinitructed, O Jerufalem, left my foul depart from thee: left I make thee defolate, a land not inhabited.

9 Thusfaith the LORD of hofts, they fhall throughly glean the remnant of Ifrael as a vine: turn back thine hand as a grape-gatherer into the baskets. to To whom fhall I fpeak,and give warning,that they may hear? behold their ear is uncircumcifed, and they cannot hearken; behold the word ofthe LORD is unto them areproach, they have no delight in it. If Theres

Vain truft. Chap. vii. Their idolatry threened Therefore I am full of the fury of the 28 They are all griveous revolters, walkLORD: I am weary with holding in: I ing with flanders; they are brass and irom will peure it out upon the children abroad, they are all corrupters. and upon the affembly of young men to- 29 The bellows are burnt, lead is con gether: for even the husband with the wife fhall be taken, the aged with bim that is full of dayes.

fumed of the fire, the founder melteth in vain;forthe wickedare not plucked away. 30 Reprobate filver fhall men call them because the LORD hath rejected them. CHAP. VII.

12 And their houfes fhall be turned unto others, with their fields and wives together; for I will Itretch out mine hand upon the I inhabitants of the land, faith the LORD.

The Jews arecalled to repentance, to pre-
vent captivity. 8Their vain confidence
rejected. 12 Their idolatry threatned.
"He word that came to Jeremiah from

the LORD, faying,

13 For from the leaft of them even unto the greatest of them; every one is given to covetoufnefs and from the prophet even unto the priest, every one dealeth falily.. 2 Stand in the gate of the LORDS houfe, 14 They have healedalfothe hurt of the and proclaim there this word,& fay, Hear daughter of my people flightly, faying, the word of the LORD all ye of Judah, that Peace, peace, when there is no peace. enterin at thefe gates to worship the Lord. 15 Were they afhamed when they had 3 Thus faith the LORD of hosts the God committed abomination? nay, they were of Ifrael, Amend your ways, and your hot at all afhamed,neither could they bluth: doings, and I will caufe you to dwellin thereforethey fhall fall among them that this place.

fall: at the time that I vifit them, they fhal 4 Truft ye not in lying words, faying, The be caft down, faith the LORD. temple of the LORD, the temple of the 16 Thus faith the LORD, Standye in the LORD, the temple of the LORD arethefe. wayes and fee, and ask for the old paths, 5 For it ye throughly amend your ways where is the good way, and walk therein, and your doings, if you throughly execute and ye shall finde reft for your fouls: but judgement between a man and his neighthey faid, We will not walk therein.

17 Allo I fet watchmen over you, Saying, Hearken to the found of the trumPet:but they faid, We will not hearken. 18 Therefore hear, ye nations & know O congregation, what is among them.

19 Hear, O earth, behold, I will bring evillupon this people; even the fruit of their thoughts because they have not hearkned unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.

20 To what purpofe cometh there to meincenfe from Sheba? and the fweet canefrom a far countrey? your burnt-offerings are not acceptable, nor your facrifices fweet nnto me.

21 Therefore thus faith the LORD, Behold I will lay ftumbling blocks before this people, and the fathers and the fons together hall fall upon them: the neighbour and his friend fhall perilh.

bour.

6 If ye opprefs not the ftranger, the fatherlefs, and the widow, and thed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other Gods to your hurt:

7 Then will I caufe you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fa thers, forever and ever.

8 Behold, ye truft in lying words, that cannot profit.

9 Will ye fteal, murder and commit adultery, and fwear falfiy, and burn incenfeunto Baal, and walk afterother gods whom ye know not,

to And come and ftand before me in this houfe which is called by my Name, and fay, We are delivered to do all thefe abominations.

11 Is this houfe, which is called by my Name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? behold, even I have seen it, laith

22 Thus faith the LORD, Behold, a the LORD. people cometh from the north-countrey, 12 But go ye now unto my place which and a great nation fhall be raised from the was in Shiloh, where 1 fet my Name at fides of the earth. the firft, and fee what I did to it, for the

23 They fhall lay hold on bow andfpear, wickedness of my people Ifrael. they are cruell, and have no mercy: their 13 And now becaufe ye have done an voyce roareth like the fea, and they ride thefe works, faith the LORD, and I fpake upon horfes, fet in aray as men for war unto you, rifing up early, and speaking against thee,O daughter of Zion. but ye heard not; and I called you, but 24 We have heard the fame thereof, our ye anlivered not. hands wax feeble, anguifh hath taken hold" 14 Therefore will I do unto this houfe ofus, and pain, as of a woman in travail. which is called by my Name, wherein ye truft, and unto the place which I gave to you, and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh..

25 Gonotforth into the field, nor walk by the way; for the fword of the enemy, and fear is on every fide.

2611 Odaughter of my people, gird the 15 And I will caft you out of my fights with fackcloath, and wallow thy felf in as I have caft out all your brethren, even athes: make thee mourning, as for an the whole feed of Ephraim:

onely fon, moft bitter lamentation: for the 16 Therefore pray not thou for this peo fpoiler thall fuddenly come upon us. ple,neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, 27 I have fet thee for a tower, and a-neither make interceffion to me, for I will fortreffe among my people, that thou may-not hear thee.

eft know and trie their way.

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