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I am your Creator.
You were in my care
    even before you were born.
Israel, don’t be terrified!
You are my chosen servant,
    my very favorite.[a]

I will bless the thirsty land
    by sending streams of water;
I will bless your descendants
    by giving them my Spirit.
They will spring up like grass[b]
or like willow trees
    near flowing streams.

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  1. 44.2 my very favorite: Or “Jeshurun.”
  2. 44.4 like grass: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

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