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The Book of the Prophet EzechielFrom the Hebrew God strengthens
The Ninth Chapter
He cried also with a loud voice in mine ears, saying: Come her you rulers of the city, every man with his *wrapened hand to the slaughter. Then came there six men out of the street of the upper port toward the north, and every man a weapon in his hand to the slaughter. There was one amongst them, that had on him a linen rayment, and a writers inkhorn by his side. *wrapened= "covered hand"
These went in, and stood beside the brazen alter: for the glory of the Lord was gone away from the Cherub, and was come down to the threshold of the house, and he called the man that had the linen rayment upon him, and the writers inkhorn by his side, and the Lord said unto him: Go your way through the city of Jerusalem, and set this mark *Thau upon the foreheads of them, that mourn and are sorry for all the abominations, that be done therein. And to the other, he said that I might hear: Go you after him through the city, slay, oversee none, spare none: kill and destroy both old man and young, maidens children and wives. But as for those, that have this mark Thau upon them: see that you touch them not, and begin at my Sanctuary. Then they began at the elders, which were in the temple, for he had said unto them: When you have defiled the temple, and filled the court with the slain, then go your way forth. So they went out, and slew down through the city. Now when they had done the slaughter, and I yet escaped: I fell down upon my face, and cried saying: O' Lord, will you then destroy all the residue of Israel, in your sore displeasure, that you have poured out upon Jerusalem? Then said he unto me: The wickedness of the house of Israel and Juda is very great: so that the land is full of blood, and the city full of unfaithfulness: For they say: Tush the Lord regards not the earth, he sees us not. Therefore will I upon them, mine eye shall not oversee them, neither will I spare them, but will recompense their wickedness upon their heads. And behold, the man that had the linen rayment upon him, and the writers inkhorn by his side: told all the matter how it happened, and said: Lord, as you have commanded me, so have I done. *Thau upon the foreheads of them: Different is the mark in REV 13 as it is "in" to receive a mark in their right hands or in their foreheads. In as to show it is no external mark ...as it might be what these do or take "in" hand to do and take in their mind to do, believe, or to promote.
The Tenth Chapter
And as I looked, behold, in the firmament that was above the cherubins there appeared the similitude of a stole of sapphire upon them: Then said he that sat therin, to him that had the linen rayment upon him: Creep in between the wheels that are under the Cherubins, and take your hand full of hot coals out from between the Cherubins, and cast them over the city. And he crept in, that I might see.
Now the Cherubins stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in, and the cloud filled the innermer (innermost) court. But the glory of the Lord removed from the Cherubins, and came upon the threshold of the house: so that the temple was full of clouds, and the court was full of the shine of the Lords glory. Yes and the sound of the Cherubins wings were heard into the fore court, like as it had been the voice of the almighty God, when he speaks. Now when he had bidden (moved, invited, called) the man that was clothed in linen, to go and take the hot coals from the midst of the wheels, which were under the Cherubins: he went and stood beside the wheels. Then the one Cherubin reached froth his hand from under the Cherubins, unto the fire that was between the Cherubins, and to take thereof, and to give it unto him that had on the linen raiment in his hand: which he took it, and went out. And under the wings of the Cherubins, there appeared the likeness of a mans hand: I saw also four wheels beside the Cherubins, so that by every Cherib stood a wheel. And the wheels were (to look upon) after the fashion of the precious stone of Tharsis: yet (unto the sight) were they fashioned and like, as if one wheel had been in another.
When they went forth, they went all four together, not turning about in their going: But where the first went, over there they went also, so they turned not about in their going. Their whole bodies, their backs, their hands and wings, yes and the wheels also, were all full of eyes round about them all four. And I heard him call the wheels, Galgal (that is) a round *boule. Every one of them had four faces: so that the one face was the face of a Cherub, the second of a man, the third of a lion, the fourth of an Eagle, and they were lifted up above. This is the beast, that I saw at the water of Cobar Now when the Cherubins went, the wheels went with them, and when the Cherubins shook their wings to lift themselves upward, the wheels remained no behind, but were with them also. Shortly, when they stood, these stood also: And when they were lift up, the wheels were lift up also with them, for the spirit of life was in the wheels. *boule=legislature
Then the glory of the Lord was lift up from the threshold of the temple, and remained upon the Cherubins: And the Cherubins flackered with their wings, and lift themselves up from the earth: so that I saw when they went, and the wheels with them. And they stood at the east side of the port that is in the house of the Lord. So the glory of the Lord was upon them. This is the beast that I saw under the God of Israel, by the water of Cobar. And I perceived, that it was the Cherubins. Every one had four faces and every one four wings, and under their wings, as it were mens hands. Now the figure of their faces was, even as I had seen them, by the water of Cobar, and so was the countenance of them: Every one in his going went straight forward.
The Eleventh Chapter
Moreover, the spirit of the Lord lift me up, and brought me unto the east port of the Lords house. And beholds, there were twenty five men under the door among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azur, and Pheltiah the son of Bananiah, the rulers of the people. Then said the Lord unto me: You son of man: these men imagine mischief, and a wicked counsel take they in this city, saying: Tush, there is no destruction at hand, let us build houses: this Jerusalem is the cauldron, and we be the flesh. Therefore shall you prophecy unto them, yes prophecy shall you unto them, O son of man. And with that fell the spirit of the Lord upon me, and said unto me: Speak, thus says the Lord: On this manner have you spoken (O you house of Israel) and I know the imaginations of your hearts. Many one have you murdered in this city, and filled the streets full of the slain. Therefore, thus says the Lord God: The slain men that you have layed on the ground in this city, are the flesh, and this city is the cauldron: But I will bring you out of it: you have drawn out the sword, even so I also bring a sword over you, says the Lord God. I will drive you out of this city and deliver you into your enemies hand, and will condemn you. you shall be slain in all the coasts of Israel, I will be avenged of you: to learn you for to know, that I am the Lord. This city shall not be your cauldron, neither shall you be the flesh therin: but in the coasts of Israel will I punish you, that you may know, that I am the Lord, in whos commandments you have not walked, nor kept his laws: but you have done after the customs of the Heathen, that lie around about you.
Now when I preached, Pheltiah the son of Bananiah died. Then fell I down upon my face, and cried with a loud voice: O' Lord God, will you then utterly destroy all the remnant of Israel? And so the word of the Lord came to me on this manner: you son of man: your brethren, your kinfolk, and the whole house of Juda, which dwell at Jerusalem, say: They be gone far from the Lord, but the land is given us in possession. Therefore tell them thus says the Lord God: I will send you far off among the Gentiles, and scatter you among the nations, and I will hallow you but a little, in the lands where you shall come. Tell them also, thus says the Lord God: I will gather you again out of the nations, and bring you from the countries were you be scattered, and will give you the land of Israel again: And over there shall you come. And as for all impediments, and all your abominations: I will take them away.
And I will give you one heart, and I will plant a new spirit within your bowels. That stony heart will I take out of your body, and give you a fleshly heart: that you may walk in my commandments, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: that you may be my people, and I your God. But look whose hearts are disposed to follow their abominations and wicked livings: those mens deeds will I bring upon their own heads, says the Lord God. After this did the Cherubins lift up their wings, and the wheels went with them, and the glory of the Lord was upon them. So the glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mount of the city toward the east. But the wind took me up, and in a vision (which came by the spirit of God) it brought me again into the Caldea among the prisoners. Then the vision that I had seen, vanished away from me. So I spoke unto the prisoners, all the words of the Lord, which he had showed me.
The Twelfth Chapter
The word of the Lord came unto me, saying: You son of man, you dwell in the midst of a froward household: which have eyes to see, and see not: ears have they to hear, and yet hear they not, for they are an obstinate household. Therefore, (O you son of man), make your gear ready to flit, and go forth by fair daylight, that they may see. Yes even in their sight shall you go from your place to another place: if peradventure they will consider, that they be an unobedient household. your gear that you have made ready to flit withal, shall you bear out by fair day light, that they may see: and you yourself shall go forth also at even in their sight, as a man does when he flits. Dig through the wall, that they may see: and bear through it the same thing, that you took up in their sight. As for yourself, you shall go forth in the dark. Hyde your face that you see not the earth, for I have made you a show token unto the house of Israel. Now as the Lord commanded me, so I did: the gear that I had made ready, I brought out by day. At even I broke down an hole through the wall with mine hand: and when it was dark, I took up the gear upon my shoulders and bare them out in their sight.
And in the morning, came the word of the Lord unto me, saying: You son of man, if Israel that froward household ask you and say: What do you there? Then tell them: Thus says the Lord God: This punishment touches the chief rulers at Jerusalem, and all the house of Israel, that dwell among them. Tell them I am your show token: like as I have done, so shall it happen unto you: flit shall you also, and go into captivity. The cheifest that is among you, shall laden his shoulders in the dark, and get him away. He shall break down the wall, to carry stuff there through: he shall cover his face, that he see not the ground, with his eyes. My line will I spread out upon him, and catch him in my net, and carry him to Babylon, in the land of the Chaldees: which he shall not see, and yet shall he shall die there. As for all his helpers, and all his Hosts, that be about him, I will scatter them toward all the winds, and draw out the sword after them. So when I have scattered them among the Heathen, and strewn them in the lands, they shall know, that I am the Lord. But, I will leave a little number of them from the sword, hunger and pestilence: to tell all their abominations among the Heathen, where they come: that they may know, how that I am the Lord.
Moreover, the word of the Lord came unto me saying: You son of man: with fearful trembling you shall eat your bread, with carefulness and sorrow shall you drink your water. And unto the people of the land, speak you on this manner: Thus says the Lord God, to them that dwell in Jerusalem, and to the land of Israel: you shall eat your bread with sorrow, and drink your water with heaviness: Yes the land with the fullness thereof shall be laid waste, for the wickedness of them that dwell therin. And the cities that now be well occupied, shall be void, and the land desolate: that you may know, that I am the Lord.
Yet came the word of the Lord unto me again, saying: You son of man, what manner of by word is that, which you use in the land of Israel, saying: Tush, seeing that the days are so slack in coming, all the visions are of none effect: Tell them therefore, thus says the Lord God: I will make that byword to cease, so that it shall nomore be commonly used in Israel.
But say this unto them: The days are at hand, that everything which has been prophesied, shall be fulfilled. There shall no vision be in vain, neither any prophecy fail among the children of Israel: For it is I the Lord that speak it: and whatsoever, I the Lord speak, it shall be performed, and not be slacken in coming.
Yes even in your days (O you froward household) will I devise something, and bring it to pass, says the Lord God. And the word of the Lord came unto me saying: Behold, you son of man: The house of Israel say in this manner: Tush as for the vision that he has seen, it will be many a day or it come to pass: Is it far off yet, the thing that he prophecies. Therefore say unto them: Thus says the Lord: All my words shall no more be slack: Look what I speak, that same shall come to pass, says the Lord.
The Thirteenth Chapter
The word of the Lord came unto me, saying: You son of man, speak prophesy against those prophets, that preach in Israel: and say you unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts: Hear you the word of the Lord, thus says the Lord God: Woe be unto those foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and speak where they have seen nothing. O Israel, your prophets are like the foxes upon the dry field: For they stand not in the gaps, neither made they an hedge for the house of Israel, that men might abide the peril in the day of the Lord. Vain things they see, and tell lies, to maintain their preachings withal. The Lord (says they) has spoke it, when in very deed the Lord has not sent them. Vain visions have you seen, and spoken false prophesies, when you say: the Lord has spoken it where as I never said it.
Therefore, thus says the Lord God: Because your words are vain, and you seek out lies: Behold, I will upon you, says the Lord. Mine hands shall come upon the prophets that look out vain things, and preach lies: they shall not be in the counsel of my people, nor shall they be written in the book of the house of Israel, neither shall they come in the land of Israel: that you shall know, how that I am the Lord God. And that for this cause: they have deceived my people, and told them of peace, where no peace was. One sets up a wall, and they daub it with loose clay. Therefore tell them that daub it with untempered mortar, that it shall fall. For there shall come a great shower of rain, great stones shall fall upon it, and a sore storm of wind shall break it, so shall that wall come down. Shall it not then be said unto you: where is now the mortar, that you daubed it withal? Therefore thus says the Lord God: I will break out in my wrothfull displeasure with a stormy wind, so that in mine anger there shall come a mighty shower of rain, and hailstones in my wrath, to destroy withal.
As for the wall, that you have daubed with untempered mortar, I will break it down, make it even with the ground: so the foundation thereof shall remove, and it shall fall, yes and you yourselves shall perish in the midst thereof: to learn you for to know, that I am the Lord. Thus will I perform my wrath upon this wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered mortar, and then will I say unto you: The wall is gone, and the daubers are away. These are the prophets of Israel, which prophesy unto the city of Jerusalem, and look out visions of peace for them, where as no peace is, says the Lord God. Wherefore (O you son of man) set your face against the daughters of your people, which prophesy out of their own hearts: and speak you prophesy against them, and say: Thus says the Lord God: Woe be unto you, that sew pillows under all armholes, and bolsters under the heads both of young and old, to catch souls withal. For when you have gotten the souls of my people in your captivity, you promise them life, and dishonor me to my people, for a handful of barley, and for a piece of bread: when you kill the souls of them, that die not, and promise life to them, that live not: Thus you dissemble with my people, that believes your lies.
Wherefore thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will also upon your pillows, wherewith you catch the souls in flying: them will I take from your arms, and let the souls go, that you catch in flying. Your bolsters also will I tear in pieces, and deliver my people out of your hand: so that they shall come no more in your hands to be spoiled, and you shall know, that I am the Lord. Seeing that with your lies you discomfort the heart of the righteous, whom I have not discomforted: Again: For so much as you courage the hand of the wicked, so that he may not turn from his wicked way, and live: therefore shall you spy out no more vanity, nor prophecy your own guessings: for I will deliver my people out of your hand, that you may know, how that I am the Lord.
The Fourteenth Chapter
There resorted unto me certain of the elders of Israel, and sat by me. Then came the word of the Lord unto me, saying: You son of man, these men bare their idols in their heart, and go purposely upon the stumbling block of their own wickedness: how dare they then ask counsel at me? Therefore speak unto them, and say: thus says the Lord God: Every man of the house of Israel that bears his Idols in his heart, purposing to stumble in his own wickedness, and comes to a prophet, to inquire anything at me by him: unto that man will I the Lord myself give answer, according to the multitude of his idols: that the house of Israel may be snared in their own hearts, because they be clean gone from me, for their idols sakes.
Wherefore, tell the house of Israel: thus says the Lord God: Be converted, forsake your idols, and turn your faces from all your abominations. For every man,
(whether he be of the house of Israel or a stranger, that sojourns in Israel) which departs from me, and carries idols in his heart, purposing to go still stumbling in his own wickedness, and comes to a Prophet, for to ask counsel at me through him: unto that man will I the Lord give answer, by mine own self. I will set my face against that man, And will make him an example for other, yes and a common byword: and will root him out of my people, that he may know, how that I am the Lord. And if that Prophet be deceived, when he tells him a word: then I the Lord myself have deceived that Prophet, and will stretch forth mine hand upon him, to root him out of my people Israel: and they both shall be punished for their wickedness. According to the sin of him that asks, shall the sin of the Prophet be: that the house of Israel be led no more away from me through error, and be no more defiled in their wickedness: but that they may be my people, and I their God, says the Lord God. And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying: You son of man, when the land sins against me, and goes forth in wickedness: I will stretch out mine hand upon it, and destroy all the provision of their bread, and send dirth (famine) upon them, to destroy man and beast in the land. And though Noe, Daniel and Job these three men were among them, yet shall they in their righteousness deliver but their own souls, says the Lord God. If I bring noisome beasts into the land, to waste it up, and it be so desolate, that no man may go therein for beasts: if these three men were also in the land, as truly as I live, (says the Lord God) they shall save neither sons nor daughters, but be only delivered themselves: as for the land it shall be waste.
Or if I bring a sword into the land, and charge it to go through the land: so that, I slay down man and beast in it, and if these three men were therein: as truly as I live, (says the Lord God) they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but only be saved themselves. If I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my sore indignation upon it in blood, so that I root out of it both man and beast, and if Noe, Daniel and Job, were therin: as truly as I live, (says the Lord God) they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but save their own souls in their righteousness. Moreover, thus says the Lord God: though I send my four troublesome plagues upon Jerusalem: the sword, hunger, perilous beasts, and pestilence, to destroy man and beast out of it: yet shall there be a remnant saved therein, which shall bring forth their sons and daughters. Behold, they shall come forth unto you, and you shall see their way, and what they take in hand, and you shall be comforted, as touching all the plagues that I have brought upon Jerusalem, they shall comfort you, when you see their way and works: and you shall know, that I have done so against Jerusalem, as I did, says the Lord God.
The Fifteenth Chapter
The word of the Lord came unto me, saying: You son of man: What comes of the vine among all other trees? And of the vine stock among all the other timber of the groove? Do men take wood of it, to make any work withal? Or may there be a nail be made of it, to hang anything upon? Behold it is cast into the fire to be burnt, the fire consumes both the ends of it, the midest is burnt to ashes. Is it meat then for any work? No.
Seeing then, that it was meat for no work, being whole: much less may there anything be made of it, when the fire has consumed it and burnt it. And therefore thus says the Lord God: Like as I cast the vine into the fire to be burnt, as other trees of the wood: Even so will I do with them that dwell in Jerusalem, and set my face against them: they shall go out from the fire, and yet the fire shall consume them. Then shall you know, that I am the Lord, when I set my face against them, and make the Land waste: because they have sore offended, says the Lord God.
The Sixteenth Chapter
Again, the word of the Lord spoke unto me, saying: You son of man, show the city of Jerusalem their abominations, and say: thus says the Lord God unto Jerusalem: your progeny and kindred came out of the land of Canaan, your father was an Amorite, your mother an Cethite. In the day of your birth when you was born, the string of your navel was not cut off: , you was not bathed in water to make you clean: you was neither rubbed with salt, nor swaddled in clouts: No man regarded that so much, as to do any of these things for you, or to show you such favor, but you was utterly cast out upon the field, yes despised was you in the day of your birth.
Then came I by you, and saw you trodden down in your own blood, and said unto you: you shall be purged from your own blood, from your own blood (I say) shall you be cleansed. So I planted you, as the blossom of the field: you are grown up, and waxen great: you have gotten a marvelous pleasant beauty, your breasts are come up, your hair is goodly grown, where as you was naked and bare before.
Now when I went by you, and looked upon you: behold, your time was come, yes even the time to vow you. Then spread I my clothes over you, to cover your dishonesty: yes I made an oath unto you, and married myself with you (says the Lord God) and so you became mine own. Then washed I you with water, and purged your blood from you, I anointed you with oil, I gave you change of rayments, I made you shoes of Tarus leather: I girded you about with white silk, I clothed you with kerchues, I decked you with costly apparel, I put rings upon your fingers: and chain about your neck, spangles on your forehead, earrings upon your ears, and set a beautiful crown upon your head. Thus was you decked with silver and gold, and your raiment was of fine white silk, of needle work and diverse colors.
You did eat nothing but simnels, honey and oil: marvelous goodly was you and beautiful, yes even a very Queen was you. In so much, that your beauty was spoken of among the Heathen, for you was excellent in my beauty, which I put upon you says the Lord God. But you have put confidence in your own beauty, and played the harlot, when you had gotten you a name. You have committed whoredom, with all that went by you, and have fulfilled their desires: yes you have taken your garments of diverse colors, and decked your alters therewith, where upon you might fulfill your whoredom, of such a fashion , as never was done, nor shall be. The goodly ornaments and Jewels which I gave you of mine own gold and silver, have you taken, and made you mens images thereof, and committed whoredom withal.
Thy garments of diverse colors have you taken, and decked them therewith: mine oil and incense have you set before them. My meat which I gave you, as fimnels, oil and honey: (to feed you withal) that have you set before them, for a sweet savior. And this also came to pass, says the Lord God: You have taken your own sons and daughters, whom you have begotten unto me: and these have you offered up to them, to be their meat. Is this but a small whoredom of your (think you) that you slay my children, and give them over, to be burnt unto them? And yet in all your abominations and whoredom, you have not remembered the days of your youth, how naked and bare you was at that time and trodden down in your own blood. After all these your wickednesses (woe, woe unto you, says the Lord) you have builded up thy*stewes and *brodel houses in every place: yes at the head of every street you have *builded an alter. You have made your beauty to be abhorred, you have layed out your legs to every one that came by, and multiplied your whoredoms. You have committed fornication with the Egyptians your neighbors, which had much flesh: and thus have you used your whoredoms, to anger me.
stewes=Middle English stewen, to bathe in a steam bath, brodel= A house of prostitution.
Behold, I will stretched out my hand over you, and minished your store of food, and deliver you over into the wiles of the Philistines your enemies, which are ashamed of your abominable way. You have played the whore also with the Assirians, which might not satisfy you: Yes, you have played the harlot, and not had enough. Thus have you committed your fornication from the land of Canaan unto the Caldees, and yet your lust not satisfied. Now should I circumcise your heart (says the Lord God) seeing you do all these things, you precious whore: building your stewes at the head of street, and your brodel houses in all places? You have not been as another whore, that makes boast of her winning but as a wife that breaks wedlock, and takes other instead of her husband. Gifts are given to all other whores, but you give rewards unto all your lovers: and offer them gifts, to come unto you out of all places, and to committee fornication with you. It is come to pass with you in your whoredoms contrary to the use of other women: yes there has no such fornication been committed after you, seeing that you *proffer (to offer for acceptance) gifts unto other, and no regard is given you: this is a contrary thing.
Moreover, I will judge you as a breaker of wedlock and a murderer, and recompense you your own blood in wrath and jealousy. I will give you over to their power, that shall break down your stewes, and destroy your brodel houses: they shall strip you out of your clothes, all your fair and beautiful jewels shall they take from you, and so let the sit naked and bare: yes they shall bring the common people upon you, which shall stone you, and slay you down with their swords. They shall burn up your houses, and punish you in the sight of many women. Thus will I make your whoredom to cease, sop that you shall give out no more rewards.
Should I make my wrath to be still, take my jealousy from you, be content, and no more to be displeased? Seeing you remembered not the days of your youth, but provoked me to wrath in all these things? Behold therefore, I will bring your own ways upon your head, says the Lord God: how be it, I never did unto you, according to your wickedness and all your abominations. Behold, all they that use common proverbs, shall use this proverb also against you: such a mother, such a daughter.
You are even your mothers own daughter, that has cast off her husband and her children: Yes you are the sister of your sisters, which forsook their husbands and their children. Your mother is an Cethite, and your father an Amorite. your eldest sister is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell upon your left hand.
But your youngest sister that dwells on your right hand, is Sodoma and her daughters. Yet have you not walked after their ways, nor done after their abominations: but in all your ways you have been more corrupt than they. As truly as I live, says the Lord God, Sodoma your sister with her daughters has not done so evil, as you and your daughters. Behold, the sins of your sister Sodoma, were these: Pride, fullness of meat, and abundance and Idleness: these things had she and in her daughters. Besides that they reached not their hand to the poor and needy, but were proud and did abominable things before me: therefore I took them away, when I seen it. Neither has Samaria done half of your sins, yes you have exceeded them in wickedness: In so much that in comparison of all the abominations which you have done, you has made your sisters good women.
As for their captivity, namely the captivity of Sodoma and her daughters: the captivity of Samaria and her daughters: I will bring them again, so will I also bring again your captive among them: that you may take your own confusion upon you, and be ashamed of all that you have done, and to comfort them. Thus your sisters
(namely) Sodoma and her daughters: Samaria and her daughters with your self and your daughters, shall be brought again to your old estate. When you was in your pride, and before your wickedness came to light: you would not hear speak of your sister Sodoma, until the time that the Syrians with all their towns, and the Philistines, with all that live round about them, brought you to shame and confusion: that you might bare your own filthiness and abomination, says the Lord.
For thus says the Lord God: I should (by right) deal with you as you have done. You have despised the oath and broken the covenant. Nevertheless, I will remember the covenant that I made with you in your youth, in so much that it shall be an everlasting covenant: so that you also remember your ways, and be ashamed of them: then shall you receive of me your elder and younger sisters, whom I will make your daughters, and that besides your covenant. And so I will renew my covenant with you, that you may know that I am the Lord: That you may think upon it, be ashamed, and excuse your own confusion no more: when I have forgiven you, all that you have done, says the Lord God.
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