However, due to your abundant mercy you did not do away with them altogether; you did not abandon them. For you are a merciful and compassionate God.
But the wise will shine like the brightness of the heavenly expanse. And those bringing many to righteousness will be like the stars forever and ever.
When Jehoram saw Jehu, he asked, “Is everything all right, Jehu?” He replied, “How can everything be all right as long as your mother Jezebel promotes idolatry and pagan practices?” 1
The Lord says to the people of Judah, 1 “What right do you have to be in my temple, my beloved people? 2 Many of you have done wicked things. 3 Can your acts of treachery be so easily canceled by sacred offerings 4 that you take joy in doing evil even while you make them? 5
1 During 2 that long period of time 3 the king of Egypt died, and the Israelites 4 groaned because of the slave labor. They cried out, and their desperate cry 5 because of their slave labor went up to God.
Elijah told the prophets of Baal, “Choose one of the bulls for yourselves and go first, for you are the majority. Invoke the name of your god, but do not light a fire.” 1
“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.
Was it not because of things like these that King Solomon of Israel sinned? Among the many nations there was no king like him. He was loved by his God, and God made 1 him king over all Israel. But the foreign wives made even him sin!
“For this is what the sovereign Lord says: When I make you desolate like the uninhabited cities, when I bring up the deep over you and the surging 1 waters overwhelm you,
Listen attentively, 1 my God, and hear! Open your eyes and look on our desolated ruins 2 and the city called by your name. 3 For it is not because of our own righteous deeds that we are praying to you, 4 but because your compassion is abundant.