31 After he had washed his face, he came out and, controlling himself,(A) said, “Serve the food.”(B)

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14 “For a long time I have kept silent,(A)
    I have been quiet and held myself back.(B)
But now, like a woman in childbirth,
    I cry out, I gasp and pant.(C)

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The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise,(A) as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient(B) with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.(C)

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15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience(A) means salvation,(B) just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.(C)

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