Though we are slaves,(A) our God has not forsaken us in our bondage. He has shown us kindness(B) in the sight of the kings of Persia: He has granted us new life to rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins,(C) and he has given us a wall of protection in Judah and Jerusalem.

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18 May it please you to prosper Zion,(A)
    to build up the walls of Jerusalem.(B)

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In a surge of anger(A)
    I hid(B) my face from you for a moment,
but with everlasting kindness(C)
    I will have compassion(D) on you,”
    says the Lord your Redeemer.(E)

“To me this is like the days of Noah,
    when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth.(F)
So now I have sworn(G) not to be angry(H) with you,
    never to rebuke(I) you again.
10 Though the mountains be shaken(J)
    and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love(K) for you will not be shaken(L)
    nor my covenant(M) of peace(N) be removed,”
    says the Lord, who has compassion(O) on you.

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They will rebuild the ancient ruins(A)
    and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
    that have been devastated for generations.

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