The Lord is gracious and compassionate,(A)
    slow to anger and rich in love.(B)

The Lord is good(C) to all;
    he has compassion(D) on all he has made.

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14 The Lord upholds(A) all who fall
    and lifts up all(B) who are bowed down.(C)
15 The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food(D) at the proper time.
16 You open your hand
    and satisfy the desires(E) of every living thing.

17 The Lord is righteous(F) in all his ways
    and faithful in all he does.(G)
18 The Lord is near(H) to all who call on him,(I)
    to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desires(J) of those who fear him;(K)
    he hears their cry(L) and saves them.(M)
20 The Lord watches over(N) all who love him,(O)
    but all the wicked he will destroy.(P)

21 My mouth will speak(Q) in praise of the Lord.
    Let every creature(R) praise his holy name(S)
    for ever and ever.

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Israel the Chosen

44 “But now listen, Jacob, my servant,(A)
    Israel, whom I have chosen.(B)
This is what the Lord says—
    he who made(C) you, who formed you in the womb,(D)
    and who will help(E) you:
Do not be afraid,(F) Jacob, my servant,(G)
    Jeshurun,[a](H) whom I have chosen.
For I will pour water(I) on the thirsty land,
    and streams on the dry ground;(J)
I will pour out my Spirit(K) on your offspring,
    and my blessing(L) on your descendants.(M)
They will spring up like grass(N) in a meadow,
    like poplar trees(O) by flowing streams.(P)
Some will say, ‘I belong(Q) to the Lord’;
    others will call themselves by the name of Jacob;
still others will write on their hand,(R) ‘The Lord’s,’(S)
    and will take the name Israel.

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  1. Isaiah 44:2 Jeshurun means the upright one, that is, Israel.

Ask, Seek, Knock(A)

“Ask and it will be given to you;(B) seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds;(C) and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts(D) to those who ask him!

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