Jeremiah 31:1–40

The Remnant of Israel Saved

31 “At athe same time,” says the Lord, b“I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people.”

Thus says the Lord:

“The people who survived the sword

Found grace in the wilderness—

Israel, when cI went to give him rest.”

3 The Lord has appeared 1of old to me, saying:

“Yes, dI have loved you with ean everlasting love;

Therefore with lovingkindness I have fdrawn you.

4 Again gI will build you, and you shall be rebuilt,

O virgin of Israel!

You shall again be adorned with your htambourines,

And shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice.

5 iYou shall yet plant vines on the mountains of Samaria;

The planters shall plant and 2eat them as ordinary food.

6 For there shall be a day

When the watchmen will cry on Mount Ephraim,

j‘Arise, and let us go up to Zion,

To the Lord our God.’ ”

7 For thus says the Lord:

k“Sing with gladness for Jacob,

And shout among the chief of the nations;

Proclaim, give praise, and say,

‘O Lord, save Your people,

The remnant of Israel!’

8 Behold, I will bring them lfrom the north country,

And mgather them from the ends of the earth,

Among them the blind and the lame,

The woman with child

And the one who labors with child, together;

A great throng shall return there.

9 nThey shall come with weeping,

And with supplications I will lead them.

I will cause them to walk oby the rivers of waters,

In a straight way in which they shall not stumble;

For I am a Father to Israel,

And Ephraim is My pfirstborn.

10 “Hear the word of the Lord, O nations,

And declare it in the 3isles afar off, and say,

‘He who scattered Israel qwill gather him,

And keep him as a shepherd does his flock.’

11 For rthe Lord has redeemed Jacob,

And ransomed him sfrom the hand of one stronger than he.

12 Therefore they shall come and sing in tthe height of Zion,

Streaming to uthe goodness of the Lord

For wheat and new wine and oil,

For the young of the flock and the herd;

Their souls shall be like a vwell-watered garden,

wAnd they shall sorrow no more at all.

13 “Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance,

And the young men and the old, together;

For I will turn their mourning to joy,

Will comfort them,

And make them rejoice rather than sorrow.

14 I will 4satiate the soul of the priests with abundance,

And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the Lord.”

Mercy on Ephraim

15 Thus says the Lord:

x“A voice was heard in yRamah,

Lamentation and bitter zweeping,

Rachel weeping for her children,

Refusing to be comforted for her children,

Because athey are no more.”

16 Thus says the Lord:

“Refrain your voice from bweeping,

And your eyes from tears;

For your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord,

And they shall come back from the land of the enemy.

17 There is chope in your future, says the Lord,

That your children shall come back to their own border.

18 “I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself:

‘You have dchastised me, and I was chastised,

Like an untrained bull;

eRestore me, and I will return,

For You are the Lord my God.

19 Surely, fafter my turning, I repented;

And after I was instructed, I struck myself on the thigh;

I was gashamed, yes, even humiliated,

Because I bore the reproach of my youth.’

20 Is Ephraim My dear son?

Is he a pleasant child?

For though I spoke against him,

I earnestly remember him still;

hTherefore My 5heart yearns for him;

iI will surely have mercy on him, says the Lord.

21 “Set up signposts,

Make landmarks;

jSet your heart toward the highway,

The way in which you went.

6Turn back, O virgin of Israel,

Turn back to these your cities.

22 How long will you kgad about,

O you lbacksliding daughter?

For the Lord has created a new thing in the earth—

A woman shall encompass a man.”

Future Prosperity of Judah

23 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “They shall again use this speech in the land of Judah and in its cities, when I bring back their captivity: m‘The Lord bless you, O home of justice, and nmountain of holiness!’ 24 And there shall dwell in Judah itself, and oin all its cities together, farmers and those going out with flocks. 25 For I have 7satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.”

26 After this I awoke and looked around, and my sleep was psweet to me.

27 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, that qI will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and the seed of beast. 28 And it shall come to pass, that as I have rwatched over them sto pluck up, to break down, to throw down, to destroy, and to afflict, so I will watch over them tto build and to plant, says the Lord. 29 uIn those days they shall say no more:

‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes,

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

30 vBut every one shall die for his own iniquity; every man who eats the sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.

A New Covenant

31 “Behold, the wdays are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that xI took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, 8though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. 33 yBut this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: zI will put My law in their minds, and write it on their 9hearts; aand I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for bthey all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For cI will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

35 Thus says the Lord,

dWho gives the sun for a light by day,

The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night,

Who disturbs ethe sea,

And its waves roar

f(The Lord of hosts is His name):

36 “If gthose ordinances depart

From before Me, says the Lord,

Then the seed of Israel shall also cease

From being a nation before Me forever.”

37 Thus says the Lord:

h“If heaven above can be measured,

And the foundations of the earth searched out beneath,

I will also icast off all the seed of Israel

For all that they have done, says the Lord.

38 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, that the city shall be built for the Lordjfrom the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate. 39 kThe surveyor’s line shall again extend straight forward over the hill Gareb; then it shall turn toward Goath. 40 And the whole valley of the dead bodies and of the ashes, and all the fields as far as the Brook Kidron, lto the corner of the Horse Gate toward the east, mshall be holy to the Lord. It shall not be plucked up or thrown down anymore forever.”

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