38 Yet he was merciful;(A)
    he forgave(B) their iniquities(C)
    and did not destroy them.
Time after time he restrained his anger(D)
    and did not stir up his full wrath.

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43 Many times he delivered them,(A)
    but they were bent on rebellion(B)
    and they wasted away in their sin.
44 Yet he took note of their distress
    when he heard their cry;(C)
45 for their sake he remembered his covenant(D)
    and out of his great love(E) he relented.(F)

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“How can I give you up,(A) Ephraim?(B)
    How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I treat you like Admah?
    How can I make you like Zeboyim?(C)
My heart is changed within me;
    all my compassion(D) is aroused.(E)

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12 This is what the Lord says:

“Although they have allies and are numerous,
    they will be destroyed(A) and pass away.
Although I have afflicted you, Judah,
    I will afflict you no more.(B)

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