I will remember the loving kindness of the Lord, the praiseworthy acts of the Eternal One, because of all the Lord has done for us, and the great goodness he has bestowed on the house of Israel because of his compassion and the greatness of his mercy. For the Lord said, “Surely they are my people, children who will not be untrue.” And so he became their defender. In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and in his mercy he redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.