Do not be afraid;
you have done all this evil.
Yet do not turn aside from following the Lord [REDEMPTION AND RESCUE ARE STILL AT HAND], but serve the Lord with all your heart. And do not turn aside after empty things [LIKE THE WEALTH AND POWER AND BEAUTY OF A KING] that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty [UNABLE TO FULFILL, SATISFY, GIVE WORTH. ABLE TO DESTROY AND DISTRACT AND KILL WITH DESIRE].
For the Lord will not forsake His people [OUR FAITHLESSNESS DOES NOT NULLIFY HIS FAITHFULNESS] for His namesake, because it pleased the Lord to make you a people for Himself [HE IS DESPERATELY IN LOVE WITH A BUNCH OF LYING ADULTERERS].

I Samuel 12:20-22

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