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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The Cup of the Lord’s Wrath

17 Awake, awake!(A)
    Rise up, Jerusalem,
you who have drunk from the hand of the Lord
    the cup(B) of his wrath,(C)
you who have drained to its dregs(D)
    the goblet that makes people stagger.(E)
18 Among all the children(F) she bore
    there was none to guide her;(G)
among all the children she reared
    there was none to take her by the hand.(H)
19 These double calamities(I) have come upon you—
    who can comfort you?(J)
ruin and destruction,(K) famine(L) and sword(M)
    who can[a] console you?
20 Your children have fainted;
    they lie at every street corner,(N)
    like antelope caught in a net.(O)
They are filled with the wrath(P) of the Lord,
    with the rebuke(Q) of your God.

21 Therefore hear this, you afflicted(R) one,
    made drunk,(S) but not with wine.
22 This is what your Sovereign Lord says,
    your God, who defends(T) his people:
“See, I have taken out of your hand
    the cup(U) that made you stagger;
from that cup, the goblet of my wrath,
    you will never drink again.
23 I will put it into the hands of your tormentors,(V)
    who said to you,
    ‘Fall prostrate(W) that we may walk(X) on you.’
And you made your back like the ground,
    like a street to be walked on.”(Y)

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  1. Isaiah 51:19 Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Masoretic Text / how can I

God’s Sovereign Choice

It is not as though God’s word(A) had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.(B) Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”[a](C) In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children,(D) but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.(E) For this was how the promise was stated: “At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son.”[b](F)

10 Not only that, but Rebekah’s children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac.(G) 11 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad(H)—in order that God’s purpose(I) in election might stand: 12 not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.”[c](J) 13 Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”[d](K)

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  1. Romans 9:7 Gen. 21:12
  2. Romans 9:9 Gen. 18:10,14
  3. Romans 9:12 Gen. 25:23
  4. Romans 9:13 Mal. 1:2,3

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