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68 [a]God chose the tribe of Judah,
    Mount Zion which he loved.(A)
69 He built his shrine like the heavens,
    like the earth which he founded forever.
70 He chose David his servant,
    took him from the sheepfolds.(B)
71 From tending ewes God brought him,
    to shepherd Jacob, his people,
    Israel, his heritage.(C)
72 He shepherded them with a pure heart;
    with skilled hands he guided them.

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  1. 78:68, 70 God’s ultimate offer of mercy to the sinful, helpless people is Zion and the Davidic king.