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The Prophets of The Exile

(Category 10 of 16)

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Jeremiah with Gedaliah the Governor

40

1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD aafter Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had let him go from Ramah, when he had taken him bound in chains among all who were carried away captive from Jerusalem and Judah, who were carried away captive to Babylon.
2 And the captain of the guard took Jeremiah and asaid to him: “The LORD your God has pronounced this doom on this place.
3 “Now the LORD has brought it, and has done just as He said. aBecause you people have sinned against the LORD, and not obeyed His voice, therefore this thing has come upon you.
4 “And now look, I free you this day from the chains that 1were on your hand. aIf it seems good to you to come with me to Babylon, come,

CHAPTER 40 References

1 aJer. 39:9, 11
2 aJer. 50:7
3 aDeut. 29:24,
25; Jer. 50:7;
Dan. 9:11;
[Rom. 2:5] 4 aJer. 39:12
bGen. 20:15
1Or are
5 aJer. 39:14
b2 Kin. 25:22;
Jer. 41:10
6 aJer. 39:14
bJudg. 20:1;
1 Sam. 7:5;
2 Chr. 16:6
7 a2 Kin.
25:23, 24 bJer.
39:10
8 aJer. 41:1–10
bJer. 41:11;
43:2 cJer. 42:1
dDeut. 3:14;
Josh. 12:5;
2 Sam. 10:6
1Jaazaniah,
2 Kin. 25:23
9 aJer. 27:11;
38:17–20
12 aJer. 43:5
14 aJer. 41:10
1Or Certainly
you know
that

and I will look after you. But if it seems wrong for you to come with me to Babylon, remain here. See, ball the land is before you; wherever it seems good and convenient for you to go, go there.”
5 Now while Jeremiah had not yet gone back, Nebuzaradan said, “Go back to aGedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, bwhom the king of Babylon has made governor over the cities of Judah, and dwell with him among the people. Or go wherever it seems convenient for you to go.” So the captain of the guard gave him rations and a gift and let him go.
6 aThen Jeremiah went to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, to bMizpah, and dwelt with him among the people who were left in the land.
7 aAnd when all the captains of the armies who were in the fields, they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam governor in the land, and had committed to him men, women, children, and bthe poorest of the land who had not been carried away captive to Babylon,
8 then they came to Gedaliah at Mizpah—aIshmael the son of Nethaniah, bJohanan and Jonathan the sons of Kareah, Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth, the sons of Ephai the Netophathite, and cJezaniah1 the son of a dMaachathite, they and their men.
9 And Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, took an oath before them and their men, saying, “Do not be afraid to serve the Chaldeans. Dwell in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be awell with you.
10 “As for me, I will indeed dwell at Mizpah and serve the Chaldeans who come to us. But you, gather wine and summer fruit and oil, put them in your vessels, and dwell in your cities that you have taken.”
11 Likewise, when all the Jews who were in Moab, among the Ammonites, in Edom, and who were in all the countries, heard that the king of Babylon had left a remnant of Judah, and that he had set over them Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan,
12 then all the Jews areturned out of all places where they had been driven, and came to the land of Judah, to Gedaliah at Mizpah, and gathered wine and summer fruit in abundance.
13 Moreover Johanan the son of Kareah and all the captains of the forces that were in the fields came to Gedaliah at Mizpah,
14 and said to him, 1“Do you certainly know that aBaalis the king of the Ammonites has sent Ishmael the son of Nethaniah to murder you?”

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But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam did not believe them.
15 Then Johanan the son of Kareah spoke secretly to Gedaliah in Mizpah, saying, “Let me go, please, and I will kill Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and no one will know it. Why should he murder you, so that all the Jews who are gathered to you would be scattered, and the aremnant in Judah perish?”
16 But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam said to Johanan the son of Kareah, “You shall not do this thing, for you speak falsely concerning Ishmael.”

Insurrection Against Gedaliah

41

1 Now it came to pass in the seventh month athat Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the royal 1family and of the officers of the king, came with ten men to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, at bMizpah. And there they ate bread together in Mizpah.
2 Then Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and the ten men who were with him, arose and astruck Gedaliah the son of bAhikam, the son of Shaphan, with the sword, and killed him whom the king of Babylon had made cgovernor over the land.
3 Ishmael also struck down all the Jews who were with him, that is, with Gedaliah at Mizpah, and the Chaldeans who were found there, the men of war.
4 And it happened, on the second day after he had killed Gedaliah, when as yet no one knew it,
5 that certain men came from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria, eighty men awith their beards shaved and their clothes torn, having cut themselves, with offerings and incense in their hand, to bring them to bthe house of the LORD.
6 Now Ishmael the son of Nethaniah went out from Mizpah to meet them, weeping as he went along; and it happened as he met them that he said to them, “Come to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam!”
7 So it was, when they came into the midst of the city, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah akilled them and cast them into the midst of a 1pit, he and the men who were with him.
8 But ten men were found among them who said to Ishmael, “Do not kill us, for we have treasures of wheat, barley, oil, and honey in the field.” So he desisted and did not kill them among their brethren.
9 Now the 1pit into which Ishmael had cast all the dead bodies of the men whom he had slain, because of Gedaliah, was athe same one Asa the king had made for fear of Baasha king of Israel. Ishmael the son of Nethaniah filled it with the slain.
10 Then Ishmael carried away cap-

15 aJer. 42:2

CHAPTER 41 References

1 a2 Kin. 25:25
bJer. 40:6, 10
1Lit. seed
2 a2 Sam. 3:27;
20:9, 10;
2 Kin. 25:25;
Ps. 41:9;
109:5; John
13:18 bJer.
26:24 cJer.
40:5
5 aLev. 19:27,
28; Deut. 14:1;
Is. 15:2
b1 Sam. 1:7;
2 Kin. 25:9;
Neh. 10:34, 35
7 aPs. 55:23;
Is. 59:7; Ezek.
22:27; 33:24,
26 1Or cistern
9 a1 Kin.
15:22; 2 Chr.
16:6 1Or cistern
10 aJer. 40:11,
12 bJer. 43:6
cJer. 40:7 dJer.
40:14
11 aJer. 40:7, 8,
13–16
12 a2 Sam.
2:13
16 aJer. 40:11,
12; 43:4–7
17 a2 Sam.
19:37, 38 bJer.
43:7
18 aJer. 40:5

CHAPTER 42 References

1 aJer. 40:8, 13;
41:11
2 aJer. 15:11
bEx. 8:28;
1 Sam. 7:8;
12:19; 1 Kin.
13:6; Is. 37:4;
Jer. 37:3; Acts
8:24; [James
5:16] cLev.
26:22; Deut.
28:62; Is. 1:9;
Lam. 1:1
3 aEzra 8:2

JEREMIAH 42:4

tive all the arest of the people who were in Mizpah, bthe king’s daughters and all the people who remained in Mizpah, cwhom Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had committed to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam. And Ishmael the son of Nethaniah carried them away captive and departed to go over to dthe Ammonites.
11 But when aJohanan the son of Kareah and all the captains of the forces that were with him heard of all the evil that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had done,
12 they took all the men and went to fight with Ishmael the son of Nethaniah; and they found him by athe great pool that is in Gibeon.
13 So it was, when all the people who were with Ishmael saw Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces who were with him, that they were glad.
14 Then all the people whom Ishmael had carried away captive from Mizpah turned around and came back, and went to Johanan the son of Kareah.
15 But Ishmael the son of Nethaniah escaped from Johanan with eight men and went to the Ammonites.
16 Then Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, took from Mizpah all the arest of the people whom he had recovered from Ishmael the son of Nethaniah after he had murdered Gedaliah the son of Ahikam—the mighty men of war and the women and the children and the eunuchs, whom he had brought back from Gibeon.
17 And they departed and dwelt in the habitation of aChimham, which is near Bethlehem, as they went on their way to bEgypt,
18 because of the Chaldeans; for they were afraid of them, because Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had murdered Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, awhom the king of Babylon had made governor in the land.

The Flight to Egypt Forbidden

42

1 Now all the captains of the forces, aJohanan the son of Kareah, Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people, from the least to the greatest, came near
2 and said to Jeremiah the prophet, a“Please, let our petition be acceptable to you, and bpray for us to the LORD your God, for all this remnant (since we are left but ca few of many, as you can see),
3 “that the LORD your God may show us athe way in which we should walk and the thing we should do.”
4 Then Jeremiah the prophet said to them, “I have heard. Indeed, I will pray to the LORD your God according to your words, and it shall be, that

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awhatever the LORD answers you, I will declare it to you. I will bkeep nothing back from you.”
5 So they said to Jeremiah, a“Let the LORD be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not do according to everything which the LORD your God sends us by you.
6 “Whether it is 1pleasing or 2displeasing, we will aobey the voice of the LORD our God to whom we send you, bthat it may be well with us when we obey the voice of the LORD our God.”
7 And it happened after ten days that the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah.
8 Then he called Johanan the son of Kareah, all the captains of the forces which were with him, and all the people from the least even to the greatest,
9 and said to them, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to present your petition before Him:
10 ‘If you will still remain in this land, then aI will build you and not pull you down, and I will plant you and not pluck you up. For I brelent concerning the disaster that I have brought upon you.
11 ‘Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid; do not be afraid of him,’ says the LORD, a‘for I am with you, to save you and deliver you from his hand.
12 ‘And aI will show you mercy, that he may have mercy on you and cause you to return to your own land.’
13 “But if ayou say, ‘We will not dwell in this land,’ disobeying the voice of the LORD your God,
14 “saying, ‘No, but we will go to the land of aEgypt where we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor be hungry for bread, and there we will dwell’—
15 “Then hear now the word of the LORD, O remnant of Judah! Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘If you awholly1 set byour faces to enter Egypt, and go to dwell there,
16 ‘then it shall be that the asword which you feared shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt; the famine of which you were afraid shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there you shall die.
17 ‘So shall it be with all the men who set their faces to go to Egypt to dwell there. They shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence. And anone of them shall remain or escape from the disaster that I will bring upon them.’
18 “For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘As My anger and My fury have been apoured out on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so will My fury be poured out on you when you enter Egypt. And byou shall be an oath, an astonishment, a curse,

4 a1 Kin. 22:14
b1 Sam. 3:17,
18
5 aGen. 31:50
6 aEx. 24:7
bJer. 7:23 1Lit.
good 2Lit. evil
10 aJer. 24:6;
31:28; 33:7
b[Jer. 18:8] 11 aRom. 8:31
12 aPs. 106:46
13 aJer. 44:16
14 aJer. 41:17;
43:7
15 aDeut.
17:16 bLuke
9:51 1Or
surely
16 aEzek. 11:8
17 aJer. 44:14,
28
18 aJer. 7:20
bIs. 65:15
19 aDeut.
17:16 1warned
20 1Lit. used
deceit against
your souls
21 aIs. 30:1–7
22 aEzek. 6:11

CHAPTER 43 References

1 aJer. 42:9–18
2 aJer. 42:1
3 aJer. 36:4;
45:1 1Or
incited
4 a2 Kin. 25:26
5 aJer. 40:11,
12
6 aJer. 41:10
bJer. 39:10;
40:7
7 aJer. 42:19
bJer. 2:16; 44:1
8 aJer. 44:1–30
9 1Or mortar

and a reproach; and you shall see this place no more.’
19 “The LORD has said concerning you, O remnant of Judah, a‘Do not go to Egypt!’ Know certainly that I have 1admonished you this day.
20 “For you 1were hypocrites in your hearts when you sent me to the LORD your God, saying, ‘Pray for us to the LORD our God, and according to all that the LORD your God says, so declare to us and we will do it.’
21 “And I have this day declared it to you, but you have anot obeyed the voice of the LORD your God, or anything which He has sent you by me.
22 “Now therefore, know certainly that you ashall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence in the place where you desire to go to dwell.”

Jeremiah Taken to Egypt

43

1 Now it happened, when Jeremiah had stopped speaking to all the people all the awords of the LORD their God, for which the LORD their God had sent him to them, all these words,
2 athat Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men spoke, saying to Jeremiah, “You speak falsely! The LORD our God has not sent you to say, ‘Do not go to Egypt to dwell there.’
3 “But aBaruch the son of Neriah has 1set you against us, to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they may put us to death or carry us away captive to Babylon.”
4 So Johanan the son of Kareah, all the captains of the forces, and all the people would anot obey the voice of the LORD, to remain in the land of Judah.
5 But Johanan the son of Kareah and all the captains of the forces took aall the remnant of Judah who had returned to dwell in the land of Judah, from all nations where they had been driven—
6 men, women, children, athe king’s daughters, band every person whom Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, and Jeremiah the prophet and Baruch the son of Neriah.
7 aSo they went to the land of Egypt, for they did not obey the voice of the LORD.And they went as far as bTahpanhes.
8 Then the aword of the LORD came to Jeremiah in Tahpanhes, saying,
9 “Take large stones in your hand, and hide them in the sight of the men of Judah, in the 1clay in the brick courtyard which is at the entrance to Pharaoh’s house in Tahpanhes;
10 “and say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “Behold, I will send and bring Nebu-

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chadnezzar the king of Babylon, aMy servant, and will set his throne above these stones that I have hidden. And he will spread his royal pavilion over them.
11 a“When he comes, he shall strike the land of Egypt and deliver to death bthose appointed for death, and to captivity those appointed for captivity, and to the sword those appointed for the sword.
12 1“I will kindle a fire in the houses of athe gods of Egypt, and he shall burn them and carry them away captive. And he shall array himself with the land of Egypt, as a shepherd puts on his garment, and he shall go out from there in peace.
13 “He shall also break the sacred pillars of 1Beth Shemesh that are in the land of Egypt; and the houses of the gods of the Egyptians he shall burn with fire.”

Israelites Will Be Punished in Egypt

44

1 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews who dwell in the land of Egypt, who dwell at aMigdol, at bTahpanhes, at cNoph,1 and in the country of dPathros, saying,
2 “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘You have seen all the calamity that I have brought on Jerusalem and on all the cities of Judah; and behold, this day they are aa desolation, and no one dwells in them,
3 ‘because of their wickedness which they have committed to provoke Me to anger, in that they went ato burn incense and to bserve other gods whom they did not know, they nor you nor your fathers.
4 ‘However aI have sent to you all My servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying, “Oh, do not do this abominable thing that I hate!”
5 ‘But they did not listen or incline their ear to turn from their wickedness, to burn no incense to other gods.
6 ‘So My fury and My anger were poured out and kindled in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; and they 1are wasted and desolate, as it is this day.’
7 “Now therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘Why do you commit this great evil aagainst yourselves, to cut off from you man and woman, child and infant, out of Judah, leaving none to remain,
8 ‘in that you aprovoke Me to wrath with the works of your hands, burning incense to other gods in the land of Egypt where you have gone to dwell, that you may cut yourselves off and be ba curse and a reproach among all the nations of the earth?
9 ‘Have you forgotten the wicked-

10 aJer. 25:9;
27:6
11 aJer. 25:15–
19; 44:13;
46:1, 2, 13–26
bJer. 15:2
12 aJer. 46:25
1So with MT,
Tg.; LXX,
Syr.,Vg. He
13 1Lit. House
of the Sun,
ancient On,
later called
Heliopolis

CHAPTER 44 References

1 aJer. 46:14
bJer. 43:7 cIs.
19:13 dEzek.
29:14; 30:14
1Ancient
Memphis
2 aJer. 4:7;
9:11; 34:22
3 aJer. 19:4
bDeut. 13:6;
32:17
4 aJer. 7:25;
25:4; 26:5;
29:19
6 1Or became
a ruin
7 aNum. 16:38
8 aJer. 25:6, 7;
44:3 bJer.
42:18
10 aJer. 6:15;
8:12 b[Prov.
28:14] 1Lit.
crushed
11 aAmos 9:4
1destroying
12 aJer. 42:15–
17, 22
bIs. 65:15
13 aJer. 43:11
14 aJer. 22:26,
27 bJer. 44:28
1Lit. lift up
their soul
16 aJer. 6:16
17 aNum.
30:12 bJer.
7:18 1Lit.
bread
19 aJer. 7:18

JEREMIAH 44:20

ness of your fathers, the wickedness of the kings of Judah, the wickedness of their wives, your own wickedness, and the wickedness of your wives, which they committed in the land of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?
10 ‘They have not been ahumbled,1 to this day, nor have they bfeared; they have not walked in My law or in My statutes that I set before you and your fathers.’
11 “Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘Behold, aI will set My face against you for catastrophe and for 1cutting off all Judah.
12 ‘And I will take the remnant of Judah who have set their faces to go into the land of Egypt to dwell there, and athey shall all be consumed and fall in the land of Egypt.They shall be consumed by the sword and by famine. They shall die, from the least to the greatest, by the sword and by famine; and bthey shall be an oath, an astonishment, a curse and a reproach!
13 a‘For I will punish those who dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence,
14 ‘so that none of the remnant of Judah who have gone into the land of Egypt to dwell there shall escape or survive, lest they return to the land of Judah, to which they adesire1 to return and dwell. For bnone shall return except those who escape.’ ”
15 Then all the men who knew that their wives had burned incense to other gods, with all the women who stood by, a great multitude, and all the people who dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying:
16 “As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD, awe will not listen to you!
17 “But we will certainly do awhatever has gone out of our own mouth, to burn incense to the bqueen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her, as we have done, we and our fathers, our kings and our princes, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For then we had plenty of 1food, were well-off, and saw no trouble.
18 “But since we stopped burning incense to the queen of heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked everything and have been consumed by the sword and by famine.”
19 The women also said, a“And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, did we make cakes for her, to worship her, and pour out drink offerings to her without our husbands’ permission?”
20 Then Jeremiah spoke to all the

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people—the men, the women, and all the people who had given him that answer—saying:
21 “The incense that you burned in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, you and your fathers, your kings and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the LORD remember them, and did it not come into His mind?
22 “So the LORD could no longer bear it, because of the evil of your doings and because of the abominations which you committed. Therefore your land is a desolation, an astonishment, a curse, and without an inhabitant, aas it is this day.
23 “Because you have burned incense and because you have sinned against the LORD, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD or walked in His law, in His statutes or in His testimonies, atherefore this calamity has happened to you, as at this day.”
24 Moreover Jeremiah said to all the people and to all the women, “Hear the word of the LORD, all Judah who are in the land of Egypt!
25 “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying: ‘You and your wives have spoken with your mouths and fulfilled with your hands, saying, “We will surely keep our vows that we have made, to burn incense to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her.” You will surely keep your vows and perform your vows!’
26 “Therefore hear the word of the LORD, all Judah who dwell in the land of Egypt: ‘Behold, aI have sworn by My bgreat name,’ says the LORD, ‘that cMy name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, “The Lord GOD lives.”
27 ‘Behold, I will watch over them for adversity and not for good. And all the men of Judah who are in the land of Egypt ashall be consumed by the sword and by famine, until there is an end to them.
28 ‘Yet aa small number who escape the sword shall return from the land of Egypt to the land of Judah; and all the remnant of Judah, who have gone to the land of Egypt to dwell there, shall know whose words will stand, Mine or theirs.
29 ‘And this shall be a sign to you,’ says the LORD, ‘that I will punish you in this place, that you may know that My words will surely astand against you for adversity.’
30 “Thus says the LORD: ‘Behold, aI will give Pharaoh Hophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies and into the hand of those who seek his life, as I gave bZedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, his enemy who sought his life.’

22 aJer. 25:11,
18, 38
23 a1 Kin. 9:9;
Neh. 13:18;
Jer. 44:2; Dan.
9:11, 12
26 aGen. 22:16;
Deut. 32:40,
41; Jer. 22:5;
Amos 6:8;
Heb. 6:13 bJer.
10:6 cNeh. 9:5;
Ps. 50:16;
Ezek. 20:39
27 aJer. 1:10;
31:28; Ezek.
7:6
28 aIs. 10:19;
27:12, 13
29 a[Ps. 33:11] 30 aJer. 46:25,
26; Ezek. 29:3;
30:21 b2 Kin.
25:4–7; Jer.
39:5

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PSALM 24

The King of Glory and His Kingdom

A Psalm of David.

1 THE aearth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.
2 For He has afounded it upon the seas, And established it upon the 1waters.

3 aWho may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place?
4 He who has aclean hands and ba pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor csworn deceitfully.

PSALM 24 References

PSALM 24
1 a1 Cor.
10:26, 28
2 aPs. 89:11
1Lit. rivers
3 aPs. 15:1–5
4 a[Job 17:9];
Ps. 26:6 bPs.
51:10; 73:1;
[Matt. 5:8] cPs. 15:4
6 aPs. 27:4, 8
7 aPs. 118:20;
Is. 26:2 bPs.
29:2, 9; 97:6;
Hag. 2:7; Acts
7:2; [1 Cor.
2:8] 8 aRev.
19:13–16

5 He shall receive blessing from the LORD, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 This is Jacob, the generation of those who aseek Him, Who seek Your face. Selah

7 aLift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! bAnd the King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in abattle.
9 Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah

 
 

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