And you'll no longer be called "Deserted,' and your land will no longer be called "Desolate'; but people will call you "Hephzibah,' and your land "Beulah' for the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married."
"Nevertheless, the LORD will wait so he can be gracious to you; and thus he will rise up to show you mercy. For the LORD is a God of justice. How blessed are all those who wait for him."
Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in court perhaps the LORD, the God of the Heavenly Armies, will be gracious to the survivors of Joseph.'"
For you are their strength's grandeur; by your favor you exalted our power.
"Foreigners will rebuild your walls, and their kings will serve you. Though in my anger I struck you down, in my favor I have shown you mercy.
I'll rejoice over Jerusalem, and take delight in my people; no longer will the sound of weeping be heard in it, nor the cry of distress.
I'll rejoice over them to do good for them, and I'll faithfully plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.'
Despite this, the number of the people of Israel will be like ocean sand, which can neither be measured nor counted. And the time will come when instead of it being said, "You are not my people,' it will be said, "You are children of the living God.'
The LORD your God among you is powerful he will save and he will take joyful delight in you. In his love he will renew you with his love; he will celebrate with singing because of you.
God, restore us, show your favor and deliver us.
As Joseph looked up and recognized his brother Benjamin, his own mother's son, he asked, "Is this your youngest brother about whom you spoke to me?" And he addressed him directly, "May God be gracious to you, my son."
May the LORD's face enlighten you and bestow favor on you.
May your face shine on your servant; in your gracious love, deliver me.
May God show us favor and bless us; may he truly show us his favor. Interlude
Show favor to your servant, and teach me your statutes.
"LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you; and be our strength every morning, our salvation in times of trouble.
"So now, O God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his requests, and look with favor on your desolate sanctuary, for the sake of the Lord.
"Who, then, is the faithful and wise servant whom his master has put in charge of his household to give the others their food at the right time?
The king's anger is like the roaring of a lion, but his goodwill is like dew on the grass.
When a king is pleased, there is life, and his favor is like a cloud that brings spring rain.
Many seek a ruler's favor, but justice for a man comes from the LORD.