24 God heard their groaning and he remembered(A) his covenant(B) with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob.

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The Lord said, “I have indeed seen(A) the misery(B) of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned(C) about their suffering.(D)

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And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing(A) them.

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Moreover, I have heard the groaning(A) of the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are enslaving, and I have remembered my covenant.(B)

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15 Our ancestors went down into Egypt,(A) and we lived there many years.(B) The Egyptians mistreated(C) us and our ancestors, 16 but when we cried out to the Lord, he heard our cry(D) and sent an angel(E) and brought us out of Egypt.(F)

“Now we are here at Kadesh, a town on the edge of your territory.(G)

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Then we cried out to the Lord, the God of our ancestors, and the Lord heard our voice(A) and saw(B) our misery,(C) toil and oppression.(D)

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18 Whenever the Lord raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved(A) them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the Lord relented(B) because of their groaning(C) under those who oppressed and afflicted(D) them.

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“After Jacob(A) entered Egypt, they cried(B) to the Lord for help, and the Lord sent(C) Moses and Aaron, who brought your ancestors out of Egypt and settled them in this place.

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Hear my cry for help,(A)
    my King and my God,(B)
    for to you I pray.

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In my distress(A) I called to the Lord;(B)
    I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;(C)
    my cry came(D) before him, into his ears.

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12 “Hear my prayer, Lord,
    listen to my cry for help;(A)
    do not be deaf(B) to my weeping.(C)
I dwell with you as a foreigner,(D)
    a stranger,(E) as all my ancestors were.(F)

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In your distress you called(A) and I rescued you,
    I answered(B) you out of a thundercloud;
    I tested you at the waters of Meribah.[a](C)

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 81:7 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

Psalm 102[a]

A prayer of an afflicted person who has grown weak and pours out a lament before the Lord.

Hear my prayer,(A) Lord;
    let my cry for help(B) come to you.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 102:1 In Hebrew texts 102:1-28 is numbered 102:2-29.

Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers(A) who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries(B) of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.(C)

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