Because thine heart was tender
Soft like wax, and susceptible of impressions; or was "moved", or "trembled", as the Targum; for God has respect to such as are of contrite hearts, and tremble at his word, ( Isaiah 66:2 ) ,
and thou hast humbled thyself before the Lord;
external humiliation, such as in Ahab, was regarded by the Lord, much more internal and cordial humiliation is regarded by him, see ( 1 Kings 21:29 ) ,
and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me;
as expressive of the inward contrition, sorrow, and grief of his heart:
I also have heard thee, saith the Lord:
his cries and prayers.