Isaiah 63:7-19 (New International Version)

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7 I will tell of the kindnesses1 of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us-- yes, the many good things2 he has done for the house of Israel, according to his compassion3 and many kindnesses. 8 He said, "Surely they are my people,4 sons who will not be false to me"; and so he became their Savior.5 9 In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel6 of his presence7 saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed8 them; he lifted them up and carried9 them all the days of old.10 10 Yet they rebelled11 and grieved his Holy Spirit.12 So he turned and became their enemy13 and he himself fought14 against them. 11 Then his people recalleda the days of old, the days of Moses and his people-- where is he who brought them through the sea,15 with the shepherd of his flock?16 Where is he who set his Holy Spirit17 among them, 12 who sent his glorious arm18 of power to be at Moses' right hand, who divided the waters19 before them, to gain for himself everlasting renown,20 13 who led21 them through the depths?22 Like a horse in open country, they did not stumble;23 14 like cattle that go down to the plain, they were given rest24 by the Spirit of the LORD. This is how you guided your people to make for yourself a glorious name. 15 Look down from heaven25 and see from your lofty throne,26 holy and glorious. Where are your zeal27 and your might? Your tenderness and compassion28 are withheld29 from us. 16 But you are our Father,30 though Abraham does not know us or Israel acknowledge31 us; you, O LORD, are our Father, our Redeemer32 from of old is your name. 17 Why, O LORD, do you make us wander33 from your ways and harden our hearts34 so we do not revere35 you? Return36 for the sake of your servants, the tribes that are your inheritance.37 18 For a little while38 your people possessed your holy place, but now our enemies have trampled39 down your sanctuary.40 19 We are yours from of old; but you have not ruled over them, they have not been called by your name.b41
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