13 Shout for joy,(A) you heavens;
    rejoice, you earth;(B)
    burst into song, you mountains!(C)
For the Lord comforts(D) his people
    and will have compassion(E) on his afflicted ones.(F)

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12 “I, even I, am he who comforts(A) you.
    Who are you that you fear(B) mere mortals,(C)
    human beings who are but grass,(D)

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13 As a mother comforts her child,(A)
    so will I comfort(B) you;
    and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”

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But God, who comforts the downcast,(A) comforted us by the coming of Titus,(B)

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and not only by his coming but also by the comfort you had given him. He told us about your longing for me, your deep sorrow, your ardent concern for me, so that my joy was greater than ever.

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13 By all this we are encouraged.

In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus(A) was, because his spirit has been refreshed by all of you.

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