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For I, Yahweh, have invited you to come back
    like a depressed, deserted wife.
    Like a young wife who has experienced rejection,
    I am drawing you back to me,” says Yahweh.
“For just a brief moment I deserted you,
    but with tender feelings of love
    I will gather you back to me.
In a surge of anger, for just the briefest moment,
    I hid my face from you,
    but with everlasting kindness,
    I will show you my cherishing love,”
    says Yahweh, your Kinsman-Redeemer.

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