16For you are our father, though Abraham does not know us and Israel does not acknowledge us; you, O Lord, are our father; our Redeemer from of old is your name. 17Why, O Lord, do you make us stray from your ways and harden our heart, so that we do not fear you? Turn back for the sake of your servants, for the sake of the tribes that are your heritage. 18Your holy people took possession for a little while; but now our adversaries have trampled down your sanctuary. 19We have long been like those whom you do not rule, like those not called by your name.
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