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15 Lord, you understand;
remember me and care for me.
Avenge me on my persecutors.(A)
You are long-suffering(B)—do not take me away;
think of how I suffer reproach for your sake.(C)
16 When your words came, I ate(D) them;
they were my joy and my heart’s delight,(E)
for I bear your name,(F)
Lord God Almighty.
17 I never sat(G) in the company of revelers,
never made merry with them;
I sat alone because your hand(H) was on me
and you had filled me with indignation.
18 Why is my pain unending
and my wound grievous and incurable?(I)
You are to me like a deceptive brook,
like a spring that fails.(J)
19 Therefore this is what the Lord says:
“If you repent, I will restore you
that you may serve(K) me;
if you utter worthy, not worthless, words,
you will be my spokesman.(L)
Let this people turn to you,
but you must not turn to them.
20 I will make you a wall(M) to this people,
a fortified wall of bronze;
they will fight against you
but will not overcome(N) you,
for I am with you
to rescue and save you,”(O)
declares the Lord.
21 “I will save(P) you from the hands of the wicked(Q)
and deliver(R) you from the grasp of the cruel.”(S)