“I will heal(A) their waywardness(B)
    and love them freely,(C)
    for my anger has turned away(D) from them.

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Songs of Praise

12 In that day(A) you will say:

“I will praise(B) you, Lord.
    Although you were angry with me,
your anger has turned away(C)
    and you have comforted(D) me.

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But because of his great love for us,(A) God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions(B)—it is by grace you have been saved.(C) And God raised us up with Christ(D) and seated us with him(E) in the heavenly realms(F) in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace,(G) expressed in his kindness(H) to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace(I) you have been saved,(J) through faith(K)—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works,(L) so that no one can boast.(M)

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17 The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.(A)
He will take great delight(B) in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,(C)
    but will rejoice over you with singing.”(D)

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Israel Unrepentant

“Come, let us return(A) to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces(B)
    but he will heal us;(C)
he has injured us
    but he will bind up our wounds.(D)

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22 “Return,(A) faithless people;
    I will cure(B) you of backsliding.”(C)

“Yes, we will come to you,
    for you are the Lord our God.

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18 I have seen their ways, but I will heal(A) them;
    I will guide(B) them and restore comfort(C) to Israel’s mourners,

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My people are determined to turn(A) from me.(B)
    Even though they call me God Most High,
    I will by no means exalt them.

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Although our sins testify(A) against us,
    do something, Lord, for the sake of your name.(B)
For we have often rebelled;(C)
    we have sinned(D) against you.

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But when the kindness(A) and love of God our Savior(B) appeared,(C)

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He has saved(A) us and called(B) us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done(C) but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,

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to the praise of his glorious grace,(A) which he has freely given us in the One he loves.(B)

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19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.(A) And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors,(B) as though God were making his appeal through us.(C) We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.(D) 21 God made him who had no sin(E) to be sin[a] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.(F)

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 5:21 Or be a sin offering

12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’[a](A) For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”(B)

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 9:13 Hosea 6:6

“‘Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal(A) my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace(B) and security.

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14 Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed;(A)
    save(B) me and I will be saved,
    for you are the one I praise.(C)

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22 Is there no balm in Gilead?(A)
    Is there no physician(B) there?
Why then is there no healing(C)
    for the wound of my people?

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Therefore a lion from the forest(A) will attack them,
    a wolf from the desert will ravage(B) them,
a leopard(C) will lie in wait near their towns
    to tear to pieces any who venture out,
for their rebellion is great
    and their backslidings many.(D)

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38 Yet he was merciful;(A)
    he forgave(B) their iniquities(C)
    and did not destroy them.
Time after time he restrained his anger(D)
    and did not stir up his full wrath.

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