For the Lord will not cast off forever:
For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.
Will the Lord cast off forever? and will he be favorable no more?
For a small moment have I forsaken you; but with great mercies will I gather you.
For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it has pleased the LORD to make you his people.
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in mercy.
For I will not contend forever, neither will I be always angry: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.
Thus says the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the descendants of Israel for all that they have done, says the LORD.
And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.
Consider you not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families which the LORD has chosen, he has even cast them off? thus they have despised my people, as if they should be no more a nation before them.
Who is a God like unto you, who pardons iniquity, and passes by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retains not his anger forever, because he delights in mercy.
I say then, Has God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the descendants of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
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