Israel’s Mourning Turned to Joy1 “At that time,” declares the Lord, “I will be the a God of all the b families of Israel, and they shall be My people.” 2 Thus says the Lord,
“The people who survived the sword
c Found grace in the wilderness—
Israel, when it went to d find its rest.”
3 The Lord appeared to ▼
▼ Lit mehim 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 withtake up your j tambourines,
And go forth to the dances of the k merrymakers.
5 “Again you will l plant vineyards
On the ▼
▼ Or mountainshills of Samaria;
The planters will plant
And will ▼
▼ Lit defileenjoy them.
6 “For 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.’”
7 For 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.’
8 “Behold, 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 assemblycompany, 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.”
10 Hear 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.”
11 For 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 goodnessbounty 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.
13 “Then 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 saturatefill the soul of the priests with ▼
▼ Lit fatnessabundance,
And My people will be aw satisfied with My goodness,” declares the Lord.
15 Thus 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.”
16 Thus 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.
17 “There is be hope for your future,” declares the Lord,
“And your children will return to their own territory.
18 “I 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.
19 ‘For 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.
21 “Set up for yourself roadmarks,
Place for yourself guideposts;
bq Direct your ▼
▼ Lit heartmind to the highway,
The way by which you went.
bs Return, O virgin of Israel,
Return to these your cities.
22 “How 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.”
23 Thus 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 captivityfortunes, ‘The Lord bless you, O bw abode of righteousness,
O bx holy hill!’
24 “Judah 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 ▼
▼ Lit fillrefresh everyone who languishes.” 26 At this I cb awoke and looked, and my cc sleep was pleasant to me.
A New Covenant27 “Behold, 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. 29 “In those days they will not say again,
‘ ch The fathers have eaten sour grapes,
And the children’s teeth are ▼
▼ Or dullset on edge.’
30 “But cj everyone will die for his own iniquity; each man who eats the sour grapes, his teeth will be ▼
▼ Or dullset 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, 32 not 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.” 35 Thus says the Lord,
Who cx gives the sun for light by day
And the ▼
▼ Lit statutesfixed 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 statutesthis 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 daysforever.”
37 Thus 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.
38 “Behold, 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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