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13 Sing for joy, you heavens!
    Shout, you earth, and rejoice with dancing, shouting, and glee!
    Burst into joyous songs, you mountains,
    for Yahweh has comforted his beloved people.
    He will show tenderness and compassion[a]
    to his suffering ones.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 49:13 The Hebrew word for “compassion” is racham, a Hebrew homophone for “womb.” The implication is that God has a compassionate love for you, greater than a birth mother has for her child. God’s love comes from deep within his innermost being and births living mercy poured out over us. Racham can be translated “pity, grace, favor, tender affection, or compassion.” The very core of God’s being is filled with love and compassion for you.

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