Jeremiah 33

The  Lord Promises Peace

1The word of the  Lord came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still a  shut up in the court of the guard: 2Thus says b  the  Lord who made the earth,
Septuagint; Hebrew it
the  Lord who formed it to establish it— d  the  Lord is his name:
3 e  Call to me and I will answer you, f  and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. 4For thus says the  Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city and the houses of the kings of Judah that were torn down to make a defense against g  the siege mounds and against the sword: 5They are coming in h  to fight against the Chaldeans and to fill them
That is, the torn-down houses
with the dead bodies of men whom I shall strike down j  in my anger and my wrath, k  for I have hidden my face from this city because of all their evil.
6 l  Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security. 7 m  I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel n  and rebuild them as they were o  at first. 8 p  I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, q  and I will forgive all the guilt of their sin and rebellion against me. 9 r  And this city
Hebrew  And it
shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and a glory before all the nations of the earth who shall hear of all the good that I do for them. They shall t  fear and tremble because of all the good and all the prosperity I provide for it.

10Thus says the  Lord: In this place u  of which you say, ‘It is a waste without man or beast,’ in the cities of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without man or inhabitant or beast, there shall be heard again 11 v  the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voices of those who sing, as they bring w  thank offerings to the house of the  Lord:

x  “‘Give thanks to the  Lord of hosts,
for the  Lord is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!’

y  For I will restore the fortunes of the land as at first, says the  Lord.

12Thus says the  Lord of hosts: z  In this place that is waste, without man or beast, and in all of its cities, there shall again be aa  habitations of shepherds ab  resting their flocks. 13 ac  In the cities of the hill country ad  in the cities of the Shephelah ae  and in the cities of the Negeb, in the land of Benjamin af  the places about Jerusalem ag  and in the cities of Judah ah  flocks shall again pass under the hands ai  of the one who counts them, says the  Lord.

The  Lord’s Eternal Covenant with David

14 aj  Behold, the days are coming, declares the  Lord, when ak  I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous al  Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 16In those days Judah will be saved, am  and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: an  ‘The  Lord is our righteousness.’

17For thus says the  Lord: ao  David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel, 18 ap  and the Levitical priests shall never lack a man in my presence to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings, and to make sacrifices forever.”

19The word of the  Lord came to Jeremiah: 20 aq  Thus says the  Lord: ar  If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night as  so that day and night will not come at their appointed time, 21 at  then also my covenant with David my servant may be broken, so that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne, and my covenant with the Levitical priests my ministers. 22As au  the host of heaven cannot be numbered and av  the sands of the sea cannot be measured, so I will multiply the offspring of David my servant, and the Levitical priests who minister to me.”

23The word of the  Lord came to Jeremiah: 24“Have you not observed that these people are saying, ‘The  Lord has rejected the two clans that he chose’? Thus they have despised my people so that they are no longer a nation in their sight. 25Thus says the  Lord: aw  If I have not established my covenant with day and night and the fixed order of heaven and earth, 26then I will reject the offspring of Jacob and David my servant and will not choose one of his offspring to rule over the offspring of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. ax  For I will restore their fortunes and will have mercy on them.”

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