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13 As a mother comforts her child,
    so I will comfort you;
    you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

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who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God.

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though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle[a] among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Thessalonians 2:7 Other ancient authorities read infants

For the Lord will comfort Zion;
    he will comfort all her waste places,
and will make her wilderness like Eden,
    her desert like the garden of the Lord;
joy and gladness will be found in her,
    thanksgiving and the voice of song.

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God’s People Are Comforted

40 Comfort, O comfort my people,
    says your God.

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Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth,
    if I do not remember you,
if I do not set Jerusalem
    above my highest joy.

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10 Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her,
    all you who love her;
rejoice with her in joy,
    all you who mourn over her—

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18 But be glad and rejoice forever
    in what I am creating;
for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy,
    and its people as a delight.
19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
    and delight in my people;
no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it,
    or the cry of distress.

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