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31 At that time, says the Lord, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people.
The people who survived the sword
found grace in the wilderness;
when Israel sought for rest,
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
O virgin Israel!
Again you shall takec your tambourines,
and go forth in the dance of the merrymakers.
on the mountains of Samaria;
the planters shall plant,
and shall enjoy the fruit.
in the hill country of Ephraim:
“Come, let us go up to Zion,
to the Lord our God.”
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.”
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.
and with consolationsd 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.
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.”
and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.
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.
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.
and my people shall be satisfied with my bounty,
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.
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;
says the Lord:
your children shall come back to their own country.
“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.
and after I was discovered, I struck my thigh;
I was ashamed, and I was dismayed
because I bore the disgrace of my youth.”
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.
make yourself guideposts;
consider well the highway,
the road by which you went.
Return, O virgin Israel,
return to these your cities.
O faithless daughter?
For the Lord has created a new thing on the earth:
a woman encompassese a man.
“The Lord bless you, O abode of righteousness,
O holy hill!”
24 And Judah and all its towns shall live there together, and the farmers and those who wanderf with their flocks.
and all who are faint I will replenish.
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