|Jeremiah 31 |
1 "At the same time," says the Lord, "I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people."
2 Thus says the Lord, "The people who survived the sword, found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest."
3 The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying, "yes, I have loved you [Israel] with an everlasting love; therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you.
4 Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin of Israel. You shall be adorned again with your tambourines, and shall go forth in the dances of those who make merry.
5 You shall yet plant vines upon the mountains of Samaria. The planters shall plant, shall eat, and enjoy them routinely.
6 For there shall be a day that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, 'Arise and let us go up to Zion to the LORD our God.'"
7 For thus says the Lord; "Sing with gladness for Jacob and shout among the great of the nations. Announce, praise, and say, 'O LORD, save your people, the remnant of Israel.'
8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and she who labors in childbirth together. A great company shall return there.
9 They shall come with weeping, and I will lead them with prayers. I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, in which they shall not stumble; for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.
10 Hear the word of the LORD, O you nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, 'He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd does his flock.'
11 For the LORD has redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him who was stronger than he.
12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall rejoice together over the good bounty of the LORD — for the wheat, the wine, the oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd. Their soul shall be as a watered garden, and they shall not have sorrow any more at all.
13 Then the maidens shall rejoice in the dance with both young men and old together for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.
14 And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness," says the Lord.
15 Thus says the Lord; "A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were dead."
16 Thus says the Lord; "Refrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears for your work shall be rewarded," says the Lord; "and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.
17 And there is hope in your end," says the Lord, "that your children shall come again to their own border.
18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus: 'You have chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke. Turn me, and I shall be turned; for you are the LORD my God.
19 Surely after I had been turned, I repented; and after I had been instructed, I struck my thigh. I was ashamed, yes, even confounded, because I bore the reproach of my youth.'
20 Is Ephraim my dear son? Is he a pleasant child? For since I spoke against him, I still earnestly remember him; therefore my inward parts are stirred for him. I will surely have mercy upon him," says the Lord.
21 "Set up road marks, make your stone sign markers high. Set your thoughts on the highway by which you went into exile. Return by that way, O virgin of Israel; return again to your cities.
22 How long will you go about, O you backsliding daughter? For the LORD has created a new thing in the earth: A woman shall compass a man."
23 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: "Yet again they shall use this speech in the land of Judah and in the cities thereof, when I shall bring again their captivity, 'The LORD bless you, O habitation of justice, and mountain of holiness.'
24 And there shall dwell in Judah itself, and in all its cities together, husbandmen and those who go forth with flocks.
25 For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul."
26 At this point I was awakened, and beheld; and my sleep was sweet to me.
27 "Behold, the days come," says the Lord, "that I will plant the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and with the seed of livestock.
28 And it shall come to pass, that just as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant," says the Lord.
29 "In those days they shall no longer say, 'The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge.'
30 But everyone shall die for his own iniquity. Every man that eats the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.
31 Behold, the days come," says the Lord, "that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah.
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which covenant they broke, although I was a husband to them," says the Lord:
33 "But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel. After those days," says the Lord, "I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall no longer teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," says the Lord, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.1
35 Thus says the Lord, who gives the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divides the sea when its waves roar; the LORD of hosts is his name:
36 'If those ordinances depart from before me,' says the Lord, 'then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me forever.'
37 Thus says the Lord; 'If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done,'" says the Lord.
38 "Behold, the days come," says the Lord, "that the city shall be built to the LORD from the tower of Hananeel to the gate of the corner.
39 And the measuring line shall yet go forth over against it upon the hill Gareb and shall compass about to Goath.
40 And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields to the brook of Kidron, to the corner of the horse gate toward the east, shall be holy to the LORD; it shall not be plucked up, nor thrown down any more forever."
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1 Regarding spiritual Israel in the later days: The Lord will write his law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts. This is the process of listening to the Lord, hearing his commands, and then keeping them. They all shall know me from the least to the greatest.
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