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38 hear every prayer for mercy,
    made by one person or by all the people in Israel,
        whose consciences bother them,
            who stretch out their hands toward this temple.
39 Hear them in heaven, where you live.
    Forgive them, and take action.
    Give each person the proper reply.
        (You know what is in their hearts,
            because you alone know what is in the hearts of all people.)
40 Then, as long as they live in the land that you gave to our ancestors,
    they will fear you.

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