Jeremiah 31:23–40

23 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Once again they will speak this word in the land of Judah and in its cities when I arestore their 1fortunes,

‘The Lord bless you, O babode of righteousness,

O choly hill!’

24 “Judah and all its cities will adwell together in it, the farmer and they who go about with flocks.

25 aFor I satisfy the weary ones and 1refresh everyone who languishes.”

26 At this I aawoke and looked, and my bsleep was pleasant to me.

A New Covenant

27 “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will asow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and with the seed of beast.

28 “As I have awatched over them to bpluck up, to break down, to overthrow, to destroy and to bring disaster, so I will watch over them to cbuild and to plant,” declares the Lord.

29 “In those days they will not say again,

aThe fathers have eaten sour grapes,

And the children’s teeth are 1set on edge.’

30 “But aeveryone will die for his own iniquity; each man who eats the sour grapes, his teeth will be 1set on edge.

31 aBehold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a bnew covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,

32 not like the acovenant which I made with their fathers in the day I btook them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My ccovenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord.

33 “But athis is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “bI will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and cI will be their God, and they shall be My people.

34 “They will anot teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all bknow Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will cforgive their iniquity, and their dsin I will remember no more.”

35 Thus says the Lord,

Who agives the sun for light by day

And the 1fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night,

Who bstirs up the sea so that its waves roar;

cThe Lord of hosts is His name:

36 aIf 1this fixed order departs

From before Me,” declares the Lord,

“Then the offspring of Israel also will bcease

From being a nation before Me 2forever.”

37 Thus says the Lord,

aIf the heavens above can be measured

And the foundations of the earth searched out below,

Then I will also bcast off all the offspring of Israel

For all that they have done,” declares the Lord.

38 “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when the acity will be rebuilt for the Lord from the bTower of Hananel to the cCorner Gate.

39 “The ameasuring line will go out farther straight ahead to the hill Gareb; then it will turn to Goah.

40 “And athe whole valley of the dead bodies and of the ashes, and all the fields as far as the brook bKidron, to the corner of the cHorse Gate toward the east, shall be dholy to the Lord; it will not be plucked up or overthrown anymore forever.”

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