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“The people who survived the sword
aFound grace in the wilderness—
Israel, when it went to bfind its rest.”
3 The Lord appeared to 1him from afar, saying,
“I have aloved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with blovingkindness.
4 “aAgain I will build you and you will be rebuilt,
O virgin of Israel!
And go forth to the dances of the cmerrymakers.
5 “Again you will aplant vineyards
On the 1hills of Samaria;
The planters will plant
And will 2enjoy them.
On the hills of Ephraim call out,
‘Arise, and alet us go up to Zion,
To the Lord our God.’ ”
“aSing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
Proclaim, give praise and say,
‘O Lord, csave Your people,
The dremnant of Israel.’
8 “Behold, I am abringing them from the north country,
And I will bgather them from the remote parts of the earth,
The woman with child and she who is in labor with child, together;
A great 1company, they will return here.
9 “aWith weeping they will come,
And by supplication I will lead them;
I will make them walk by bstreams of waters,
On a straight path in which they will cnot stumble;
For I am a dfather to Israel,
And Ephraim is eMy firstborn.”
And declare in the acoastlands afar off,
And say, “He who scattered Israel will bgather him
And keep him as a cshepherd keeps his flock.”
11 For the Lord has aransomed Jacob
And redeemed him from the hand of him who was bstronger than he.
Over the dgrain and the new wine and the oil,
And over the young of the eflock and the herd;
And their life will be like a fwatered garden,
And they will gnever languish again.
13 “Then the virgin will rejoice in the adance,
And the young men and the old, together,
For I will bturn their mourning into joy
And will comfort them and give them cjoy for their sorrow.
And My people will be asatisfied with My goodness,” declares the Lord.
Lamentation and bitter weeping.
Rachel is weeping for her children;
She crefuses to be comforted for her children,
Because dthey are no more.”
“aRestrain your voice from weeping
And your eyes from tears;
For your bwork will be rewarded,” declares the Lord,
“And they will creturn from the land of the enemy.
17 “There is ahope for your future,” declares the Lord,
“And your children will return to their own territory.
18 “I have surely heard Ephraim agrieving,
‘You have bchastised me, and I was chastised,
Like an untrained ccalf;
dBring me back that I may be restored,
For You are the Lord my God.
19 ‘For after I turned back, I arepented;
And after I was instructed, I bsmote on my thigh;
I was cashamed and also humiliated
Because I bore the reproach of my youth.’
20 “Is aEphraim My dear son?
Is he a delightful child?
Indeed, as often as I have spoken against him,
I certainly still remember him;
I will surely chave mercy on him,” declares the Lord.
Place for yourself guideposts;
The way by which you went.
bReturn, O virgin of Israel,
Return to these your cities.
O afaithless daughter?
For the Lord has created a new thing in the earth—
A woman will encompass a man.”
‘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.
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.
‘aThe fathers have eaten sour grapes,
And the children’s teeth are 1set on edge.’
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.”
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:
From before Me,” declares the Lord,
“Then the offspring of Israel also will bcease
From being a nation before Me 2forever.”
“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.
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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