For a little while have I forsaken thee, but with great compassion will I gather thee.

For a moment in mine anger, I hid my face from thee for a little season, but with everlasting mercy have I had compassion on thee, saith the Lord thy redeemer.

For this is unto me as the [a]waters of Noah; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with thee, nor rebuke thee.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 54:9 As sure as the promise that I made to Noah, that the waters should no more overflow the earth.

“For a brief moment(A) I abandoned(B) you,
    but with deep compassion(C) I will bring you back.(D)
In a surge of anger(E)
    I hid(F) my face from you for a moment,
but with everlasting kindness(G)
    I will have compassion(H) on you,”
    says the Lord your Redeemer.(I)

“To me this is like the days of Noah,
    when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth.(J)
So now I have sworn(K) not to be angry(L) with you,
    never to rebuke(M) you again.

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