30 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Writed in a book all the words I have spoken to you. 3 The dayse are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will bringf my people Israel and Judah back from captivitya and restoreg them to the land I gave their ancestors to possess,’ says the Lord.”
“ ‘Cries of fearh are heard—
terror, not peace.
Can a man bear children?
Then why do I see every strong man
with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor,i
every face turned deathly pale?j
7 How awful that dayk will be!
No other will be like it.
It will be a time of troublel for Jacob,
but he will be savedm out of it.
‘I will break the yoken off their necks
and will tear off their bonds;o
no longer will foreigners enslave them.p
whom I will raise up for them.
do not be dismayed, Israel,’
declares the Lord.
‘I will surely saveu you out of a distant place,
your descendants from the land of their exile.
Jacob will again have peace and security,v
and no one will make him afraid.w
11 I am with youx and will save you,’
declares the Lord.
‘Though I completely destroy all the nations
among which I scatter you,
I will not completely destroyy you.
I will disciplinez you but only in due measure;
I will not let you go entirely unpunished.’a
“ ‘Your woundb is incurable,
your injury beyond healing.c
13 There is no one to plead your cause,d
no remedy for your sore,
no healinge for you.
14 All your alliesf have forgotten you;
they care nothing for you.
I have struck you as an enemyg would
and punished you as would the cruel,h
because your guilt is so great
and your sinsi so many.
your pain that has no cure?j
Because of your great guilt and many sins
I have done these things to you.k
16 “ ‘But all who devourl you will be devoured;
all your enemies will go into exile.m
Those who plundern you will be plundered;
all who make spoil of you I will despoil.
and healo your wounds,’
declares the Lord,
‘because you are called an outcast,p
Zion for whom no one cares.’q
and have compassiont on his dwellings;
the city will be rebuiltu on her ruins,
and the palace will stand in its proper place.
and the sound of rejoicing.x
I will add to their numbers,y
and they will not be decreased;
I will bring them honor,z
and they will not be disdained.
20 Their childrena will be as in days of old,
and their community will be establishedb before me;
I will punishc all who oppress them.
21 Their leaderd will be one of their own;
their ruler will arise from among them.e
I will bring him nearf and he will come close to me—
for who is he who will devote himself
to be close to me?’
declares the Lord.
22 “ ‘So you will be my people,g
and I will be your God.h’ ”
23 See, the stormi of the Lord
will burst out in wrath,
a driving wind swirling down
on the heads of the wicked.
until he fully accomplishes
the purposes of his heart.
In days to come
you will understandl this.
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