23 But Hashem was gracious and merciful to them, and He turned back to them for the sake of His covenant with Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov. He refrained from destroying them, and He still did not cast them out from His presence.
13:23 Gracious and merciful to them
Because of His everlasting covenant with the People of Israel, Hashem has compassion for them. In Hebrew, the word for ‘compassion,’ rachamim (רחמים), comes from the word that means ‘womb,’ rechem (רחם). A mother always feels compassion for the child she lovingly carried in her womb for nine months. We pray for Hashem to have the same compassion upon His children, whom He has lovingly carried for millennia, and when we show compassion to others, we emulate one of God’s attributes.