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by Wayne Blank
"Turn, O backsliding children"
One of the plainest lessons about backsliding is found in how Israel and Judah slid downward from their place as God's chosen people - a lesson that ultimately applies to spiritual Israelites (see Daughter of Zion).
"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 every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot. And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it [see also Sisters of Sin]."
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