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“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:
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.
When the watchmen will cry on Mount Ephraim,
j‘Arise, and let us go up to Zion,
To the Lord our God.’ ”
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.
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.
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.”
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