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Today's second reading offers a list of the ways that God has tried to correct Israel. As with a misbehaving child, God has tried various withholding punishments -- sort of "grounding" Israel. God would keep rain from some cities for a few months to raise concerns and get attention. God would allow insects to invade crops and cities for a time. God even allowed some outlying communities to be captured. In each way, God hoped that the people of Israel would reconsider the way they were living and return to God's teaching. However, they did not.
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