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REPENTANCE,



655



The Redeemer sliall come to Zion, and unto them tl)iU turu
from IruUSgrCBSion in Jacob', saith the Lord.

All those things hath mine hand made, and all those things
have been, saith the Lord : but to this man will I look, eocit 10 l)ini

tljiit is voor aub of a contrite epirit, anb trcmblcll) at m|i
iDorii.

They say. If a man put away his wife, and she go from him,
and become another man's, shall he return unto her again ? shall
not that land be greatly polluted ? but thou hast played the harlot
Avith many lovers; pet rctum again tO mc, saith the Lord. . .

.... tDilt"tl)on not from tijis time crn unto mc, iHn
fatljcr, tljou art tljc guibc of mn nouti) *? Will he reserve his

anger forever? will he keep it to the end? Behold, thou hast
spoken and done evil things as thou couldest.

The Lord said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king.
Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done ? she is
gone up upon ever}' high mountain, and under every green tree,
and there hath played the harlot. And I said after she had done

all these things, (Jurn tl)on unto mc. Uut sl)c returned not.

And her treacherous sister Judah saw it. And 1 saw, when for all
the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery, I had put
her away, and given her a bill of divorce ; yet her treacherous sister
Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also. And it
came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled
the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks. And
yet for all this, her treacherous sister Judah l)atl} UOt turncb untO
mc roitl) l)Cr U)l)0lc Ijcart, but feignedly, saith the Lord. And the
Lord said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself
more than treacherous Judah.

Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Hc-
lurn, tl)ou backsUiiing Israel, saith the Lord ; and I will not
cause mine anger to fall upon you : for I am merciful, saith the
Lord, and I wHl not keep anger forever. 0nll1 acknoujlcbgc

tl)inc iniquitc, tl)at tl)ou l)ast transgrcsscb agiiinst tl)c iiorb

tl)n ©ob, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every
green tiee, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the Lord. (J^urU,
(T^ backsUbing cljilbrcn, saith 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.

At that time they shall call Jerusalem tlie throne of the Lord ;
and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the
Lord, to Jerusalem : neither shall they walk any more after the
imagination of their evil heart. In those days the house of Judah
shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together
out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an
inheritance unto your fathers. But I said, t)ou) sl)all J put tl)CC
among tljc cl)ilbrcn, and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly her-



Is. lix. 20.



Is. Ixvi. 2.



Jeremiah,
iii. 1, 4-14.



Jer.iii. 17-23.



656



REPENTANCE.



Jer. iv. 1-4.



Jer. vii. 1-7.



Jeremiah,
xviii. 7, a.



Jeremiah,
xviil. 11, 12.



itage of the hosts of nations? and I said, 2[|)0tt sljnlt call lltC,

SXl^ fatl)cr; onb sl)alt not turn tiroan from mc.

Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so
have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the

Lord. 91 noice teas l)carb npou tlic !)igl) ^jUtccs, tnccping aixb
supplications of tl)c cl]ilbrcn of Jsracl : for tljcii l)aiic pcr-
ucrtcb tljcir VDan, cpib tl)ci} Ijanc forgotten tl)c C!orb tl)cir (!?ob.

Return, ye backsliding- children, and I will heal your backslidino-s.

Bcl]olIi, roc come ttnto tljec; for t!)ou art tl)e Corb onr (5o5.

Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the
multitude of mountains : truly in the Lord our God is the salvation
of Israel.

Jff tl]on roilt return, © Israel, saiti) tl)c Corb, return
unto me : anb if tl)ou roilt put aroaij tl)inc abominations out
of mn sigljt, tl)en sl)alt tl)ou not remone. And thou shalt

sweai'. The Lord liveth, in ti'uth, in judgment, and in righteousness;
and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they
glory.

For thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem,
Sreak up |}OUr falioro grounb, and sow not among thorns.

(Circumcise noursclnes to tl)e Corb, anh take avoar\ tl)e fore-
skins of JlOUr l]eart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jeru-
salem ; lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can
quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying. Stand
in the gate of the Lord's house, and proclaim there this word, and
say, Hear the word of the Lord, all ye of Judah, that enter in at
these gates to worship the Lord. Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the

God of Israel, ^meub jjour roans anb jiour boings, and I will

cause you to dwell in this place. Ti-ust ye not in lying words, say-
ing. The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple

of the Lord, are these. Sov if |ic tl)orougl)lji amcub nour roans

anb your boings ; if ye thoroughly execute judgment between a
man and his neighbour; if ye oppress not the stranger, the father-
less, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place,
neither walk after other gods to your hurt ; then will I cause you
to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for-
ever and ever.

At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and con-
cerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy

it: if that nation against rol)om 3 l)aue pronounceb, turn
from tl)eiv euil, J mill repent of tl)c euil tljat 3 tl)ougl]t to lio
unto tljcm.

Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the
inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying. Thus saith the Lord ; Behold, I
frame evil against you, and devise a device against you : return ne



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nou) CDcrn one from l)is cuil u)an, anh make iiour wajis anb

Jionr boings goob. And they said, There is no hope: but we
will walk attei- our own devices, and we will every one do the im-
am nation of his evil heart.



I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord :
and they sliall be my people, and I will be their God : for tl)CD

sljoll return nnto mc ujiti) tl)cir toholc l)cart.

Therefore now amcuii jiour iDatis anb ttour boings, anb
obcn tl)c uoice of tl)c t!orb your (Gob ; anb 1l)c £orb roill re-
pent l)int of tl)e euil tl)at IjtTljatl) pronounceb against iiou.

It came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of
Josiah king of Judah, that this word came unto Jeremiah from the
Lord, saving. Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the
words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against
Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee,
from the davs of Josiah, even unto this day. It may be that the
house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto

them; tljat tl)eii man return euern man from Ijis euil loan;
that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.

Let us search and trv our ways, anb turn again tO tl)C

£orb.

If thou warn the wicked, and l)e turn not fi'om his wicked-
ness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity.

Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat be-
fore me.

And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying. Son of man,
these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stum-
bling-block of their iniquity before their face: should I be inquired
of at all by them ? Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them.
Thus saith the Lord God ; Every man of the house of Israel that
setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumbling-block of
his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the Lord
will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols ;
that I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they
are all estranged from me through their idols.

Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord

God; Ucpcnt, mib turn nonrselues from pour ibols; anb
turn ntoaij nour faces from all nour abominations. For every

one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in
Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols
in his heart, and putteth the stumbling-block of his iniquity before
his face, and cometh to a prophet to inquire of him concerning me ;
I the Lord will answer him by myself.

If the wicked will turn from ail l)is sins tijat l)c l)atl) com-

mitteb, luid keej) all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and



Jer. xxiv. 7.



Jcr. xxvi. 13.



Jeremi.ili,
xxxvi. 1-3.



Lam. iii. 40.



Ezek. iii. 19.



Ezekiel,
xiv. 1-7.



Kzekiel,
xviii. 21-23.



42



658



REPENTANCE.



Ezekiel,
xvui. 27-32.



Ezekiel,
xxiv. 14.



Ezekiel,
xxxiii. 10-19.



right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. All his transgressions
that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto biin ; in
his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. Have I any
pleasure at all that the wicked should die ? saith the Lord God :
and not that he should return from l}is tDtlOS, and live ?

Again, when the wicked man turuetl] aroan from 1)13 tuick-
cbncSS tl)at l)C liati) COmmittcb, and doeth that which is lawful
and right, he shall save his soul alive. BccdUSC l)C COltsibcrctl)

anh tm^nctl) avoon from nil Ijis transgressions that he hath

committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die. Yet saith the
house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of
Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal ? There-
fore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his

ways, saith the Lord God. Hepent, axib turn noursclocs from

all 20Ur transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.

(Hast aroan from nou all nour transgressions, tDl)crcbp
nc Ijaue transgresscb : anb make nou a neuj Ijeart anb a

neU) spirit : for why wnll ye die, O house of Israel ? For I have
no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God :
wherefore turn nourseloes, and live ye.

I the Lord liave spoken it : it shall come to pass, and I will
do it ; 3 toill not go back, neither will I spare, neitl)er toili 3
repent; according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall
they judge thee, saith the Lord God.

thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel ; Thus ye
speak, saying. If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and
we pine away in them, how should we then live? Say unto them.
As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of
the wicked ; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn

ne, turn ^c from nonr cuil roans ; for why will ye die, O house

of Israel ? Therefore thou son of man, say unto the children of thy
people. The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in
the dav of his transgression : as for the wickedness of the wicked,

l)c sl)all not fall tijcrebj] in tl)e baij tljat l)c lurnctl) from l)is
roickebness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his
righteousness in the day that he siuneth.

When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live ;
if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his
righteousnesses shall not be remembered ; but for his ini(juity that he
hath committed, he shall die for it. Again, when I say unto the
wicked. Thou shalt surely die; if l)e turn from i)is siu, anb
bo ti)at rol]icl) is huuful anb right; if tlje roickcb restore
tl)c plcbgc, giue again tl)at l)c Ijab robbeb, roalk in tl)e
GtatutcG of life, roithout committing iniquitn; he shall surely
live, lie shall not die. None of his sins that he hath committed
shall be mentioned unto him : he hath done that which is lawful
and right; he shall surely live.



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Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is
not equal : but as for them, their way is not equal. When the
righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he
shall even die thereby. But if the wicked turn from l)is loickcb-
tieS0, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby.

Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee,

and break off tl)n sins bn rigl)tconsncss, a\\b tijine iniquities

bn sljcroing mcrcg to tl)C poor; if it may be a lengthening of
thy tranquillity.

I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the
house of Judah : I, even I, will tear and go away ; I will take away,
and none shall rescue him.

I will go and return to my place, till tl)C2 acknoujlcbge tl)Cir
offence, anb seek mrj face : in their affliction they will seek me early.

QTome, anb let ns return nnto tl)e Ccrb : for he hath torn,

and he will heal us ; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
After two days will he revive us : in the third day he will raise us
up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we
follow on to know the Lord : his going forth is prepared as the
morning ; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and
former rain unto the earth.

Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up
gonr falloto grounb : for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come
and rain righteousness upon you.

Israel, return unto tlje Corb tl)D (Sob; for thou hast

fallen by thine iniquity. Take with you words, anh turn tO tl]e
Corb : say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us

graciously : so tDill mc reubcr tlic cabes of our lips. Qlssl]ur
sliall not sauc us; toe roill not ribc upon Ijorscs: ncitl}er
toill toe san ann more to tlie work of our Ijaubs, ^c arc our

jgobs : for in tliee the fatherless tindeth mercy.

1 will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely : for mine
anger is turned away from him.

Therefore also now, saith the Lord, ®urn ne eocn tO me
toitl) all nour Ijeart, anb roitl) fasting, anb witlf weeping, anb
mitl) mourning: anb rcnb nour Ijeart, anb not tiour gar-
ments, anb turn unto tl}c £orb nour ©ob : f<>r he is gracious

and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kinJucss, and repenteth

him of the evil. Who knoweth if jje uiill return inxb repent,

and leave a blessing behind him ; even a meat-otfering and a drink-
otferinjj unto the Lord vour God ?

I have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want
of bread in all your places: iiet Ijaoe UC not rcturucb UUtO me,
saith the Lord. And also I have witldiolden the rain from you,
when there were yet three months to the harvest : and I caused it
to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city :



Dan. iv. 27.



Hosea,
V. 14, 15.



Ho9e<a,
vi. 1-3.



Hosea, x. 12.



Hosea,
xiv. 1-4.



Joel,
ii. 12-14.



Amos,
iv. 6-12.



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REPENTANCE,



Jonah, iii.



Zech. i. 1-4



one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not
withered. So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink
water ; but they were not satisfied : gCt \)a\3C r)C tlOt retumcb unt0
tne, saith the Lord. I have smitten you with blasting and mildew :
when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig-trees and your
olive-trees increased, the palmer-worm devoured them : jict \)ave Jie
not rcturucb nntO me, saith the Lord. I have sent among you
the pestilence after the manner of Egypt : your young men have I
slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses ; and I have
made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils : get
l)at)C Be not rcturncb unto tne, saith the Lord. I have over-
thrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and
ye were as a fire-brand plucked out of the burning : get 1)CIVC gC

not returned unto me, saith the Lord.

Therefore, thus will I do unto thee, Israel : and because I
will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.

The word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, say-
ing, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the
preaching that I bid thee.

So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of
the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days'
journey. And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and
he cried, and said, Y^et forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.

So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast,
and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least
of them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose
from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him
with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed
and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and
his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste
anything : let them not feed, nor drink water : but let man and beast
be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: nea, let

tl)em turn eticri} one from l)is enil tDini, a\\b from tlje molcnce
tljut is in tl)cir Fjaubs. tUI)o can tell if C?ob raill turn anb re-
^lent, onb turn aroan from l)is tierce anger, that we perish not.
And (xod saw tireir works, tl)at tijeji turueb fcoiu tl]eir enil
xoav) : anb (J?ob repenteb of tl}e eyil tT)at l)e l)ab saib tl)at !}c

TDOulb bo unto tljem; and he did it not.

In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word
of the L(jrd unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo
the prophet, saying, The Lord hath been sore displeased with your
fathers. Tlierefore, say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts ;

®urn T)c unto me, saith the Lord of hosts, a\ib 3 loill turn unto

gOU, saith the Lord of hosts. Be ye not as your fathers, unto whom
tile torinf-r pnjphet-s have cried, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts;

®nrn nc noro from gour enil roans, anb from nour enil bo-

ings : l>ut ttit'y did not hear, nor hearken unto me, saith tlie Lord.



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Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from
mine onlinnnces and have not kept them. UctnrU UlttO IttC, axib
3 toill return unto nou, saith the Lord of hosts. Jiiit ye said,
Wherein shall we return ?

\Vill a man rob God ? Yet ye have robbed me.

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming
of the great an-l dreadful day of the Lord : a^xb l)C sl)rtll turu

tlic l)cart of tl)e fathers to tlje cl)ilbrcn, anh tl)c l)cart of tl)c
cljilbrcn to tl)cir fatljcrs, lest I come and smite the earth with a
curse.

In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilder-
ness of Judea, and saying, tlcpcnt tie ; for the kingdom of heaven
is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias,
saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare Jie tl)C
tDti^ of tlje £orb, make l)i5 patlje straigl)t.

And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a
leathern girdle about his loins ; and his meat was locusts and wild
honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all
the region round about Jordan, and were baptized of him in Jor-
dan, confessing their sins.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come
to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath
warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Sring forti) tl)ere-
fore fruits meet for repentance : and think not to say within

yourselves. We have Abraham to our father : for I say unto you,
that God is able of these stone~s to raise up children unto Abraham.
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees : therefore
every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and
cast into the fire.

The word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the

wilderness. And he came into all the country about Jordan,

preaching tl)c baptism of repentance for tl)e remission of

sins ; as it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the
prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare
ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley
shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low;
and the crooked shall be made straight and the rough ways shall
be made smooth ; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized
of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from
the wnith to come? Bring fortl) tl)erefore fruits to or 1 1) n of

repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves. We have
Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of
these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the
axe is laid unto the root of the trees : every tree therefore which
bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
And the people asked him, saying. What shall we do then ?



Mai. iii. 7, 8.



Mai. Iv. 5, C.



JIallhew,
iii. J-10.



Luke,
iii. 2-14.



662



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Mark,
i. 14, 15.



Matthew,
xi. 20-24.



Luke,
xiii. 1-5.



Mark,
vl. 7, l(^-12.



Luke, XV.



He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him
impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do
likewise.

Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him,
Master, what shall we do ? And he said unto them, Exact no more
than that which is appointed you.

And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what
shall we do ? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man,
neither accuse any falsely ; and be content with your wages.

After that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee,
preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying. The time
is fultilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand : repent fie, and
believe the gospel.

Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his
mighty works were done, bccausc tl)cn rcpcnteb not: woe unto
thee, Chorazin ! woe unto thee, Bethsaida ! for if the mighty works,
which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, tl)CD

tijoulb \)avc rcpcntcb long ngo in sacluloti) anb aslies. Bu"t

I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the
day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art
exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell : for if the
mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in
Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto
you, That it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day
of judgment, than for thee.

There were present some that told him of the Galileans,
whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus
answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galileans were
sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things ?
I tell you, Nay: but, except ge repent, ye shall all likewise
perish.

Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and
slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt
in Jerusalem ? 1 tell you. Nay : but, cXCCpt ^C repent, ye shall all
likewise perish.

He called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth
by two and two ; and gave them power over unclean spirits ; . . .
. . • And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into
an house, there abide till ye depart from that place. And whoso-
ever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence,
shake otf the dust under vour feet for a testimony ajjainst them.
Verily 1 say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and
Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.

And tliey went out, anb prcacl)cb tl)at men sl)oulb re-
pent.

Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to



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bear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This
man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

And he spake this parable unto them, saying. What man of
you, ha\'ing an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not
leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which
is lost, until he find it ? And when he hath found it, he layeth it
on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth
together his fi'iends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with

me; for 3 \)avc fottiib mn sl)ccp u)l)icl) roas lost.

I say unto you, that fikcraise jon sl)aU bc in Ijeaocn omx

one sinner tliat rcpentctl), more than over ninety and nine just

persons, which need no repentance.

Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one
piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek dili-
gently till she find it ? And when she hath found it, she calleth
her friends and her neighbours together, saying. Rejoice with me;

for M \)avc founb tl)e piece iDl)icl) 3 Ijab lost. Likewise, I say
unto you, There is jt)y in the presence of the angels of God OtJer

one sinner tl)ct rcpentctl).



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