Psalm 145:8-18 and Isaiah 49:8-15
8 The Lord is compassionate and merciful, patient and full of mercy.
9 The Lord is sweet to all things, and his compassion is upon all his works.
10 O Lord, may all your works confess to you, and let your holy ones bless you.
11 They will speak of the glory of your kingdom, and they will declare your power,
12 so as to make known to the sons of men your power and the glory of your magnificent kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages, and your dominion is with all, from generation to generation. The Lord is faithful in all his words and holy in all his works.
14 The Lord lifts up all who have fallen down, and he sets upright all who have been thrown down.
15 O Lord, all eyes hope in you, and you provide their food in due time.
16 You open your hand, and you fill every kind of animal with a blessing.
17 The Lord is just in all his ways and holy in all his works.
18 The Lord is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth.
8 Thus says the Lord: In a pleasing time, I have heeded you, and in the day of salvation, I have assisted you. And I have preserved you, and I have presented you as a covenant of the people, so that you would lift up the earth, and possess the scattered inheritances,
9 so that you would say to those who are bound, "Go forth!" and to those who are in darkness, "Be released!" They will pasture along the roads, and their pastures will be in every open place.
10 They will not hunger or thirst, nor will the heat of the sun beat down upon them. For the one who takes pity on them will rule them, and he will give them to drink from fountains of waters.
11 And I will make all my mountains into a road, and my paths will be exalted.
12 Behold, some will come from far away, and behold, others from the north and from the sea, and still others from the land of the south.
13 Give praise, O heavens! And exult, O earth! Let the mountains give praise with jubilation! For the Lord has consoled his people, and he will take pity on his poor ones.
14 And Zion said: "The Lord has abandoned me, and the Lord has forgotten me."
15 Can a woman forget her infant, so as not to take pity on the child of her womb? But even if she would forget, still I shall never forget you.
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