Jeremiah 3:1-14

1 a  If
Septuagint, Syriac; Hebrew Saying, “If
a man divorces his wife
and she goes from him
and becomes another man’s wife,
will he return to her?
c  Would not that land be greatly polluted?
d  You have played the whore with many lovers;
and would you return to me?

declares the  Lord.
2Lift up your eyes to e  the bare heights, and see!
Where have you not been ravished?
f  By the waysides you have sat awaiting lovers
like an Arab in the wilderness.
g  You have polluted the land
with your vile whoredom.
3 h  Therefore the showers have been withheld,
and the spring rain has not come;
yet you have i  the forehead of a whore;
you refuse to be ashamed.
4Have you not just now j  called to me,
‘My father, you are the friend of my youth
5 k  will he be angry forever,
will he be indignant to the end?’
Behold, you have spoken,
but you have done all the evil that you could.”

Faithless Israel Called to Repentance

6The  Lord said to me in the days of l  King Josiah: “Have you seen what she did, that faithless one, Israel, m  how she went up on every high hill and under every green tree, and there n  played the whore? 7And I thought, ‘After she has done all this she will return to me,’ but she did not return, and her treacherous o  sister Judah saw it. 8She saw that for all the adulteries of that faithless one, Israel, p  I had sent her away with q  a decree of divorce. r  Yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but she too went s  and played the whore. 9Because she took her whoredom lightly, she polluted the land, committing adultery with t  stone and tree. 10Yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah did not return to me u  with her whole heart, but in pretense, declares the  Lord.”

11And the  Lord said to me, v  Faithless Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah. 12Go, and proclaim these words toward w  the north, and say,

x  “‘Return, faithless Israel,

declares the  Lord.
I will not look on you in anger,
for y  I am merciful,

declares the  Lord;
z  I will not be angry forever.
13 aa  Only acknowledge your guilt,
that you rebelled against the  Lord your God
and scattered your favors among foreigners under ab  every green tree,
and that you have not obeyed my voice,

declares the  Lord.
14 ac  Return, O faithless children,

declares the  Lord;
ad  for I am your master;
I will take you, one from a city and two from a family,
and I will bring you to Zion.

Jeremiah 31:1-4

The  Lord Will Turn Mourning to Joy

1 ae  “At that time, declares the  Lord af  I will be the God of all the clans of Israel, and they shall be my people.”

2 Thus says the  Lord:
“The people who survived the sword
found grace in the wilderness;
ag  when Israel sought for rest,
3the  Lord appeared to him
Septuagint; Hebrew me
from far away.
ai  I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore aj  I have continued ak  my faithfulness to you.
4 al  Again I will build you, and you shall be built,
O virgin Israel!
am  Again you shall adorn yourself with tambourines
and shall go forth in an  the dance of the merrymakers.
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