Caph But though he causes grief, yet he will also have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.
But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity and did not destroy them; many a time turned he his anger away and did not stir up all his wrath.
How must I leave thee, Ephraim? how shall I give thee up, Israel? how could I make thee as Admah? nor set thee as Zeboim? my heart churns within me; all my compassion is inflamed.
He delivered them many times, but they rebelled at his counsel and were brought low for their iniquity.
And it came to pass in process of time that the king of Egypt died, and the sons of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God from their bondage.
And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
And they put away the strange gods from among them and served the LORD; and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.
But the LORD was merciful unto them, and had compassion on them, and looked upon them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and did not desire to destroy them or to cast them from his presence as yet.
For his anger endures but a moment; in his will is life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
For as the heavens are high above the earth so does he increase his mercy over those that fear him.
Peradventure is Ephraim a precious son unto me? Peradventure is he unto me a delightful child? With all this since I spoke of him, I have remembered him constantly. Therefore my bowels are troubled for him; in tenderness I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the LORD.
Chet It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed because his mercies never diminish.
And he arose and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
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