For his anger(A) lasts only a moment,(B)
    but his favor lasts a lifetime;(C)
weeping(D) may stay for the night,
    but rejoicing comes in the morning.(E)

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“For a brief moment(A) I abandoned(B) you,
    but with deep compassion(C) I will bring you back.(D)
In a surge of anger(E)
    I hid(F) my face from you for a moment,
but with everlasting kindness(G)
    I will have compassion(H) on you,”
    says the Lord your Redeemer.(I)

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Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.(A)

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17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.(A)

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Those who sow with tears(A)
    will reap(B) with songs of joy.(C)
Those who go out weeping,(D)
    carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
    carrying sheaves with them.

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20 Go, my people, enter your rooms
    and shut the doors(A) behind you;
hide(B) yourselves for a little while
    until his wrath(C) has passed by.(D)

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He will not always accuse,
    nor will he harbor his anger forever;(A)

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20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn(A) while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.(B) 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain(C) because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief,(D) but I will see you again(E) and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.(F)

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11 You make known to me the path of life;(A)
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,(B)
    with eternal pleasures(C) at your right hand.(D)

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Because your love is better than life,(A)
    my lips will glorify you.

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16 But I will sing(A) of your strength,(B)
    in the morning(C) I will sing of your love;(D)
for you are my fortress,(E)
    my refuge in times of trouble.(F)

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I am worn out(A) from my groaning.(B)

All night long I flood my bed with weeping(C)
    and drench my couch with tears.(D)
My eyes grow weak(E) with sorrow;
    they fail because of all my foes.

Away from me,(F) all you who do evil,(G)
    for the Lord has heard my weeping.
The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;(H)
    the Lord accepts my prayer.

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Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,(A)
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way(B) I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.(C)

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God is within her,(A) she will not fall;(B)
    God will help(C) her at break of day.

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“Remember, Lord, how I have walked(A) before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion(B) and have done what is good in your eyes.(C)” And Hezekiah wept(D) bitterly.

Then the word(E) of the Lord came to Isaiah: “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David,(F) says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears;(G) I will add fifteen years(H) to your life.

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17 But from everlasting to everlasting
    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children(A)

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How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!(A)
    People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.(B)
They feast on the abundance of your house;(C)
    you give them drink from your river(D) of delights.(E)
For with you is the fountain of life;(F)
    in your light(G) we see light.

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yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation(A) and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

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Let us acknowledge the Lord;
    let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
    he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,(A)
    like the spring rains that water the earth.(B)

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Record my misery;
    list my tears on your scroll[a](A)
    are they not in your record?(B)
Then my enemies will turn back(C)
    when I call for help.(D)
    By this I will know that God is for me.(E)

10 In God, whose word I praise,
    in the Lord, whose word I praise—
11 in God I trust and am not afraid.
    What can man do to me?

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 56:8 Or misery; / put my tears in your wineskin