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Jeremiah 31
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The Joyful Return of the Exiles

31At that time, says the LORD, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people.H6256H5002H3068H430H4940H3478H5971 2Thus says the LORD: The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when Israel sought for rest,H559H3068H5971H8300H2719H4672H2580H4057H3478H1980H7280 3the LORD appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.H3068H7200H7350H157H5769H160H2617H4900 4Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin Israel! Again you shall take your tambourines, and go forth in the dance of the merrymakers.H1129H1129H1330H3478H5710H8596H3318H4234H7832 5Again you shall plant vineyards on the mountains of Samaria; the planters shall plant, and shall enjoy the fruit.H5193H3754H2022H8111H5193H5193H2490 6For there shall be a day when sentinels will call in the hill country of Ephraim: "Come, let us go up to Zion, to the LORD our God."H3426H3117H5341H2022H669H7121H6965H5927H6726H3068H430 7For thus says the LORD: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, "Save, O LORD, your people, the remnant of Israel."H559H3068H7442H8057H3290H6670H7218H1471H8085H1984H559H3068H3467H5971H7611H3478 8See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here.H935H6828H776H6908H3411H776H5787H6455H2030H3205H3162H1419H6951H7725 9With weeping they shall come, and with consolations I will lead them back, I will let them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble; for I have become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.H935H1065H8469H2986H3212H5158H4325H3477H1870H3782H1H3478H669H1060 10Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands far away; say, "He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd a flock."H8085H1697H3068H1471H5046H339H4801H559H2219H3478H6908H8104H7462H5739 11For the LORD has ransomed Jacob, and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.H3068H6299H3290H1350H3027H2389 12They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion, and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the LORD, over the grain, the wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; their life shall become like a watered garden, and they shall never languish again.H935H7442H4791H6726H5102H2898H3068H1715H8492H3323H1121H6629H1241H5315H7302H1588H1669H3254 13Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.H1330H8055H4234H970H2205H3162H2015H60H8342H5162H8055H3015 14I will give the priests their fill of fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my bounty, says the LORD.H7301H5315H3548H1880H5971H7646H2898H5002H3068 15Thus says the LORD: A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.H559H3068H6963H8085H7414H5092H8563H1065H7354H1058H1121H3985H5162H1121 16Thus says the LORD: Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for there is a reward for your work, says the LORD: they shall come back from the land of the enemy;H559H3068H4513H6963H1065H5869H1832H6468H3426H7939H5002H3068H7725H776H341 17there is hope for your future, says the LORD: your children shall come back to their own country.H3426H8615H319H5002H3068H1121H7725H1366 18Indeed I heard Ephraim pleading: "You disciplined me, and I took the discipline; I was like a calf untrained. Bring me back, let me come back, for you are the LORD my God.H8085H8085H669H5110H3256H3256H5695H3808H3925H7725H7725H3068H430 19For after I had turned away I repented; and after I was discovered, I struck my thigh; I was ashamed, and I was dismayed because I bore the disgrace of my youth."H310H7725H5162H310H3045H5606H3409H954H3637H5375H2781H5271 20Is Ephraim my dear son? Is he the child I delight in? As often as I speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore I am deeply moved for him; I will surely have mercy on him, says the LORD.H669H3357H1121H8191H3206H1767H1696H2142H2142H4578H1993H7355H7355H5002H3068 21Set up road markers for yourself, make yourself guideposts; consider well the highway, the road by which you went. Return, O virgin Israel, return to these your cities.H5324H6725H7760H8564H7896H3820H4546H1870H1980H7725H1330H3478H7725H5892 22How long will you waver, O faithless daughter? For the LORD has created a new thing on the earth: a woman encompasses a man.H2559H7728H1323H3068H1254H2319H776H5347H5437H1397 23Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Once more they shall use these words in the land of Judah and in its towns when I restore their fortunes: "The LORD bless you, O abode of righteousness, O holy hill!"H559H3068H6635H430H3478H559H1697H776H3063H5892H7725H7622H3068H1288H5116H6664H2022H6944 24And Judah and all its towns shall live there together, and the farmers and those who wander with their flocks.H3427H3063H5892H3162H406H5265H5739 25I will satisfy the weary, and all who are faint I will replenish.H7301H5889H5315H4390H1669H5315 26Thereupon I awoke and looked, and my sleep was pleasant to me.H6974H7200H8142H6149

Individual Retribution

27The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of humans and the seed of animals.H3117H935H5002H3068H2232H1004H3478H1004H3063H2233H120H2233H929 28And just as I have watched over them to pluck up and break down, to overthrow, destroy, and bring evil, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, says the LORD.H8245H5428H5422H2040H6H7489H8245H1129H5193H5002H3068 29In those days they shall no longer say: "The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge."H3117H559H1H398H1155H1121H8127H6949 30But all shall die for their own sins; the teeth of everyone who eats sour grapes shall be set on edge.H376H4191H5771H120H398H1155H8127H6949

A New Covenant

31The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.H3117H935H5002H3068H3772H2319H1285H1004H3478H1004H3063 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the LORD.H1285H3772H1H3117H2388H3027H3318H776H4714H1285H6565H1166H5002H3068 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.H1285H3772H1004H3478H310H3117H5002H3068H5414H8451H7130H3789H3820H430H5971 34No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, "Know the LORD," for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.H3925H376H7453H376H251H559H3045H3068H3045H6996H1419H5002H3068H5545H5771H2142H2403 35Thus says the LORD, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—the LORD of hosts is his name:H559H3068H5414H8121H216H3119H2708H3394H3556H216H3915H7280H3220H1530H1993H3068H6635H8034 36If this fixed order were ever to cease from my presence, says the LORD, then also the offspring of Israel would cease to be a nation before me forever.H2706H4185H6440H5002H3068H2233H3478H7673H1471H6440H3117 37Thus says the LORD: If the heavens above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth below can be explored, then I will reject all the offspring of Israel because of all they have done, says the LORD.H559H3068H8064H4605H4058H4146H776H2713H4295H3988H2233H3478H6213H5002H3068

Jerusalem to Be Enlarged

38The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when the city shall be rebuilt for the LORD from the tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate.H3117H935H5002H3068H5892H1129H3068H4026H2606H8179H6438 39And the measuring line shall go out farther, straight to the hill Gareb, and shall then turn to Goah.H4060H6957H6961H3318H1389H1619H5437H1601 40The whole valley of the dead bodies and the ashes, and all the fields as far as the Wadi Kidron, to the corner of the Horse Gate toward the east, shall be sacred to the LORD. It shall never again be uprooted or overthrown.H6010H6297H1880H7709H8309H5158H6939H6438H5483H8179H4217H6944H3068H5428H2040H5769


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