28 Just as I watched(A) over them to uproot(B) and tear down, and to overthrow, destroy and bring disaster,(C) so I will watch over them to build and to plant,”(D) declares the Lord.

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10 ‘If you stay in this land,(A) I will build(B) you up and not tear you down; I will plant(C) you and not uproot you,(D) for I have relented concerning the disaster I have inflicted on you.(E)

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14 The Lord did not hesitate to bring the disaster(A) on us, for the Lord our God is righteous in everything he does;(B) yet we have not obeyed him.(C)

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“How can I give you up,(A) Ephraim?(B)
    How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I treat you like Admah?
    How can I make you like Zeboyim?(C)
My heart is changed within me;
    all my compassion(D) is aroused.(E)
I will not carry out my fierce anger,(F)
    nor will I devastate(G) Ephraim again.
For I am God, and not a man(H)
    the Holy One(I) among you.
    I will not come against their cities.

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13 Rend your heart(A)
    and not your garments.(B)
Return(C) to the Lord your God,
    for he is gracious and compassionate,(D)
slow to anger and abounding in love,(E)
    and he relents from sending calamity.(F)

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He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew(A) that you are a gracious(B) and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love,(C) a God who relents(D) from sending calamity.(E)

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