21 Hear the supplications of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive.(A)

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18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”(A)
    says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;(B)
though they are red as crimson,
    they shall be like wool.(C)

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Speak tenderly(A) to Jerusalem,
    and proclaim to her
that her hard service(B) has been completed,(C)
    that her sin has been paid for,(D)
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
    double(E) for all her sins.

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