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still continued unfruitful, and then after
that, it was cut down, it perished by a
miserable destruction, and its wretched
inhabitants, are to this very hour, in the
most deplorable state of banishment, from
their native land ; the kingdom of God
has been taken away from them, and given
to the Gentiles.
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