Jeremiah 31

Israel’s Mourning Turned to Joy

1At that time,” declares the  Lord, “I will be the a  God of all the b  families of Israel, and they shall be My people.” 2Thus says the  Lord,
The people who survived the sword
c  Found grace in the wilderness
Israel, when it went to d  find its rest.”
3The  Lord appeared to
Lit me
him from afar, saying,
“I have f  loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with g  lovingkindness.
4 h  Again I will build you and you will be rebuilt,
O virgin of Israel!
Again you will
Or be adorned with
take up your j  tambourines,
And go forth to the dances of the k  merrymakers.
5Again you will l  plant vineyards
On the
Or mountains
hills of Samaria;
The planters will plant
And will
Lit defile
enjoy them.
6For there will be a day when watchmen
On the hills of Ephraim call out,
Arise, and o  let us go up to Zion,
To the  Lord our God.’”

7For thus says the  Lord,
p  Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
And shout among the
Lit head
r  chief of the nations;
Proclaim, give praise and say,
‘O  Lord s  save Your people,
The t  remnant of Israel.’
8Behold, I am u  bringing them from the north country,
And I will v  gather them from the remote parts of the earth,
Among them the w  blind and the x  lame,
The woman with child and she who is in labor with child, together;
A great
Or assembly
company, they will return here.
9 z  With weeping they will come,
And by supplication I will lead them;
I will make them walk by aa  streams of waters,
On a straight path in which they will ab  not stumble;
For I am a ac  father to Israel,
And Ephraim is ad  My firstborn.”

10Hear the word of the  Lord, O nations,
And declare in the ae  coastlands afar off,
And say, “He who scattered Israel will af  gather him
And keep him as a ag  shepherd keeps his flock.”
11For the  Lord has ah  ransomed Jacob
And redeemed him from the hand of him who was ai  stronger than he.
12“They will aj  come and shout for joy on the ak  height of Zion,
And they will be al  radiant over the
Lit goodness
bounty of the  Lord
Over the an  grain and the new wine and the oil,
And over the young of the ao  flock and the herd;
And their life will be like a ap  watered garden,
And they will aq  never languish again.
13Then the virgin will rejoice in the ar  dance,
And the young men and the old, together,
For I will as  turn their mourning into joy
And will comfort them and give them at  joy for their sorrow.
14“I will
Lit saturate
fill the soul of the priests with
Lit fatness
And My people will be aw  satisfied with My goodness,” declares the  Lord.

15Thus says the  Lord,
ax  A voice is heard in ay  Ramah,
Lamentation and bitter weeping.
Rachel is weeping for her children;
She az  refuses to be comforted for her children,
Because ba  they are no more.”

16Thus says the  Lord, bb  Restrain your voice from weeping
And your eyes from tears;
For your bc  work will be rewarded,” declares the  Lord,
“And they will bd  return from the land of the enemy.
17There is be  hope for your future,” declares the  Lord,
“And your children will return to their own territory.
18I have surely heard Ephraim bf  grieving,
‘You have bg  chastised me, and I was chastised,
Like an untrained bh  calf;
bi  Bring me back that I may be restored,
For You are the  Lord my God.
19For after I turned back, I bj  repented;
And after I was instructed, I bk  smote on my thigh;
I was bl  ashamed and also humiliated
Because I bore the reproach of my youth.’
20“Is bm  Ephraim My dear son?
Is he a delightful child?
Indeed, as often as I have spoken against him,
I certainly still remember him;
Therefore My
Lit inward parts
bo  heart yearns for him;
I will surely bp  have mercy on him,” declares the  Lord.

21Set up for yourself roadmarks,
Place for yourself guideposts;
bq  Direct your
Lit heart
mind to the highway,
The way by which you went.
bs  Return, O virgin of Israel,
Return to these your cities.
22How long will you go here and there,
O bt  faithless daughter?
For the  Lord has created a new thing in the earth
A woman will encompass a man.”

23Thus says the  Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Once again they will speak this word in the land of Judah and in its cities when I bu  restore their
Or captivity
fortunes, ‘The  Lord bless you, O bw  abode of righteousness,
O bx  holy hill!’

24Judah and all its cities will by  dwell together in it, the farmer and they who go about with flocks. 25 bz  For I satisfy the weary ones and
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refresh everyone who languishes.”
26At this I cb  awoke and looked, and my cc  sleep was pleasant to me.

A New Covenant

27Behold, days are coming,” declares the  Lord, “when I will cd  sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and with the seed of beast. 28“As I have ce  watched over them to cf  pluck up, to break down, to overthrow, to destroy and to bring disaster, so I will watch over them to cg  build and to plant,” declares the  Lord. 29In those days they will not say again,
ch  The fathers have eaten sour grapes,
And the children’s teeth are
Or dull
set on edge.’

30“But cj  everyone will die for his own iniquity; each man who eats the sour grapes, his teeth will be
Or dull
set on edge.

31 cl  Behold, days are coming,” declares the  Lord, “when I will make a cm  new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, 32not like the cn  covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I co  took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My cp  covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the  Lord. 33“But cq  this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the  Lord, cr  I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and cs  I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34“They will ct  not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the  Lord,’ for they will all cu  know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the  Lord, “for I will cv  forgive their iniquity, and their cw  sin I will remember no more.” 35Thus says the  Lord,
Who cx  gives the sun for light by day
And the
Lit statutes
fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night,
Who cz  stirs up the sea so that its waves roar;
da  The  Lord of hosts is His name:
36 db  If
Lit these statutes
this fixed order departs
From before Me,” declares the  Lord,
Then the offspring of Israel also will dd  cease
From being a nation before Me
Lit all the days

37Thus says the  Lord, df  If the heavens above can be measured
And the foundations of the earth searched out below,
Then I will also dg  cast off all the offspring of Israel
For all that they have done,” declares the  Lord.

38Behold, days are coming,” declares the  Lord, “when the dh  city will be rebuilt for the  Lord from the di  Tower of Hananel to the dj  Corner Gate. 39“The dk  measuring line will go out farther straight ahead to the hill Gareb; then it will turn to Goah. 40“And dl  the whole valley of the dead bodies and of the ashes, and all the fields as far as the brook dm  Kidron, to the corner of the dn  Horse Gate toward the east, shall be do  holy to the  Lord; it will not be plucked up or overthrown anymore forever.”
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