For if you return to the Lord, your brothers and sons will be shown mercy by their captors and return to this land. The Lord your God is merciful and compassionate; he will not reject you 1 if you return to him.”
How can I give you up, 1 O Ephraim? How can I surrender you, O Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboiim? I have had a change of heart! 2 All my tender compassions are aroused! 3
Then Jesus called the 1 disciples and said, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have already been here with me three days and they have nothing to eat. I don’t want to send them away hungry since they may faint on the way.”
The Lord says, “I will restore the ruined houses of the descendants of Jacob. I will show compassion on their ruined homes. 1 Every city will be rebuilt on its former ruins. 2 Every fortified dwelling will occupy its traditional site. 3
He brought against them the king of the Babylonians, who slaughtered 1 their young men in their temple. 2 He did not spare 3 young men or women, or even the old and aging. God 4 handed everyone over to him.
They marched around the city one time on the second day, then returned to the camp. They did this six days in all.
Your compassion is great, O Lord. Revive me, as you typically do! 1
When he established the heavens, I was there; when he marked out the horizon 1 over the face of the deep,
Should you not have shown mercy to your fellow slave, just as I showed it to you?’
For God is my witness that I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
“Due to your great compassion you did not abandon them in the desert. The pillar of cloud did not stop guiding them in the path by day, 1 nor did the pillar of fire stop illuminating for them by night the path on which they should travel.
Therefore you delivered them into the hand of their adversaries, who oppressed them. But in the time of their distress they called to you, and you heard from heaven. In your abundant compassion you provided them with deliverers to rescue them from 1 their adversaries.
For the music director; a psalm of David, written when Nathan the prophet confronted him after David’s affair with Bathsheba. 2 Have mercy on me, O God, because of 3 your loyal love! Because of 4 your great compassion, wipe away my rebellious acts! 5