Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
"But now briefly we have received mercy from the Lord our God, in that he has left us a remnant and has given us a secure position in his holy place. Thus our God has enlightened our eyes and has given us a little relief in our time of servitude.
However, due to your abundant mercy you did not do away with them altogether; you did not abandon them. For you are a merciful and compassionate God.
Yet he is compassionate. He forgives sin and does not destroy. He often holds back his anger, and does not stir up his fury.
He remembered his covenant with them, and relented because of his great loyal love.
But they rebelled against me, and refused to listen to me; no one got rid of their detestable idols, nor did they abandon the idols of Egypt. Then I decided to pour out my rage on them and fully vent my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.
"Since, I, the Lord, do not go back on my promises, you, sons of Jacob, have not perished.
Has his loyal love disappeared forever? Has his promise failed forever?
But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and merciful God. You are patient and demonstrate great loyal love and faithfulness.
There is no other God like you! You forgive sin and pardon the rebellion of those who remain among your people. You do not remain angry forever, but delight in showing loyal love.
from generation to generation he is merciful to those who fear him.