For the Lord does not give a man up for ever.
The Lord will not give up his people, or take away his support from his heritage;
Will the Lord put me away for ever? will he be kind no longer?
For a short time I gave you up; but with great mercies I will take you back again.
For the Lord will not give his people up, because of the honour of his name; for it was the Lord's pleasure to make of you a people for himself.
The Lord is kind and full of pity, not quickly made angry, but ever ready to have mercy.
For I will not give punishment for ever, or be angry without end: for from me breath goes out; and I it was who made the souls.
This is what the Lord has said: If the heavens on high may be measured, and the bases of the earth searched out, then I will give up the seed of Israel, because of all they have done, says the Lord.
And I will make an eternal agreement with them, that I will never give them up, but ever do them good; and I will put the fear of me in their hearts, so that they will not go away from me.
Have you taken note of what these people have said, The two families, which the Lord took for himself, he has given up? This they say, looking down on my people as being, in their eyes, no longer a nation.
Who is a God like you, offering forgiveness for evil-doing and overlooking the sins of the rest of his heritage? he does not keep his wrath for ever, because his delight is in mercy.
So I say, Has God put his people on one side? Let there be no such thought. For I am of Israel, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
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