Israel's Mourning Turned to Joy
1 "At that time," declares the LORD, "I will be the God R1527 of all the families R1528 of Israel, and they shall be My people."
2 Thus says the LORD,
"The people who survived the sword
Found R1529 grace in the wilderness--
Israel, when it went to find R1530 its rest."
3 The LORD appeared to him F296 from afar, saying,
"I have loved R1531 you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness. R1532
4 "Again R1533 I will build you and you will be rebuilt,
O virgin of Israel!
Again you will take F297 up your tambourines, R1534
And go forth to the dances of the merrymakers. R1535
5 "Again you will plant R1536 vineyards
On the hills F298 of Samaria;
The planters will plant
And will enjoy F299 them.
6 "For there will be a day when watchmen
On the hills of Ephraim call out,
`Arise, and let R1537 us go up to Zion,
To the LORD our God.' "
7 For thus says the LORD,
"Sing R1538 aloud with gladness for Jacob,
And shout among the chief R1539 F300 of the nations;
Proclaim, give praise and say,
`O LORD, save R1540 Your people,
The remnant R1541 of Israel.'
8 "Behold, I am bringing R1542 them from the north country,
And I will gather R1543 them from the remote parts of the earth,
Among them the blind R1544 and the lame, R1545
The woman with child and she who is in labor with child, together;
A great company, F301 they will return here.
9 "With R1546 weeping they will come,
And by supplication I will lead them;
I will make them walk by streams R1547 of waters,
On a straight path in which they will not R1548 stumble;
For I am a father R1549 to Israel,
And Ephraim is My R1550 firstborn."
10 Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
And declare in the coastlands R1551 afar off,
And say, "He who scattered Israel will gather R1552 him
And keep him as a shepherd R1553 keeps his flock."
11 For the LORD has ransomed R1554 Jacob
And redeemed him from the hand of him who was stronger R1555 than he.
12 "They will come R1556 and shout for joy on the height R1557 of Zion,
And they will be radiant R1558 over the bounty F302 of the LORD--
Over the grain R1559 and the new wine and the oil,
And over the young of the flock R1560 and the herd;
And their life will be like a watered R1561 garden,
And they will never R1562 languish again.
13 "Then the virgin will rejoice in the dance, R1563
And the young men and the old, together,
For I will turn R1564 their mourning into joy
And will comfort them and give them joy R1565 for their sorrow.
14 "I will fill F303 the soul of the priests with abundance, F304
And My people will be satisfied R1566 with My goodness," declares the LORD.
15 Thus says the LORD,
"A R1567 voice is heard in Ramah, R1568
Lamentation and bitter weeping.
Rachel is weeping for her children;
She refuses R1569 to be comforted for her children,
Because they R1570 are no more." 16 Thus says the LORD,
"Restrain R1571 your voice from weeping
And your eyes from tears;
For your work R1572 will be rewarded," declares the LORD,
"And they will return R1573 from the land of the enemy.
17 "There is hope R1574 for your future," declares the LORD,
"And your children will return to their own territory.
18 "I have surely heard Ephraim grieving, R1575
`You have chastised R1576 me, and I was chastised,
Like an untrained calf; R1577
Bring R1578 me back that I may be restored,
For You are the LORD my God.
19 `For after I turned back, I repented; R1579
And after I was instructed, I smote R1580 on my thigh;
I was ashamed R1581 and also humiliated
Because I bore the reproach of my youth.'
20 "Is Ephraim R1582 My dear son?
Is he a delightful child?
Indeed, as often as I have spoken against him,
I certainly still remember him;
Therefore My heart R1583 F305 yearns for him;
I will surely have R1584 mercy on him," declares the LORD.
21 "Set up for yourself roadmarks,
Place for yourself guideposts;
Direct R1585 your mind F306 to the highway,
The way by which you went.
Return, R1586 O virgin of Israel,
Return to these your cities.
22 "How long will you go here and there,
O faithless R1587 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 restore R1588 their fortunes, F307
`The LORD bless you, O abode R1589 of righteousness,
O holy R1590 hill!' 24 "Judah and all its cities will dwell R1591 together in it, the farmer and they who go about with flocks. 25 "For R1592 I satisfy the weary ones and refresh F308 everyone who languishes." 26 At this I awoke R1593 and looked, and my sleep R1594 was pleasant to me.
A New Covenant
27 "Behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will sow R1595 the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and with the seed of beast. 28 "As I have watched R1596 over them to pluck R1597 up, to break down, to overthrow, to destroy and to bring disaster, so I will watch over them to build R1598 and to plant," declares the LORD.
29 "In those days they will not say again,
`The R1599 fathers have eaten sour grapes,
And the children's teeth are set F309 on edge.' 30 "But everyone R1600 will die for his own iniquity; each man who eats the sour grapes, his teeth will be set F310 on edge.
31 "Behold, R1601 days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will make a new R1602 covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant R1603 which I made with their fathers in the day I took R1604 them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant R1605 which they broke, although I was a husband to them," declares the LORD. 33 "But this R1606 is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days," declares the LORD, "I R1607 will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I R1608 will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 "They will not R1609 teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, `Know the LORD,' for they will all know R1610 Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares the LORD, "for I will forgive R1611 their iniquity, and their sin R1612 I will remember no more."
35 Thus says the LORD,
Who gives R1613 the sun for light by day
And the fixed F311 order of the moon and the stars for light by night,
Who stirs R1614 up the sea so that its waves roar;
The R1615 LORD of hosts is His name:
36 "If R1616 this F312 fixed order departs
From before Me," declares the LORD,
"Then the offspring of Israel also will cease R1617
From being a nation before Me forever." F313 37 Thus says the LORD,
"If R1618 the heavens above can be measured
And the foundations of the earth searched out below,
Then I will also cast R1619 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 city R1620 will be rebuilt for the LORD from the Tower R1621 of Hananel to the Corner R1622 Gate. 39 "The measuring R1623 line will go out farther straight ahead to the hill Gareb; then it will turn to Goah. 40 "And the R1624 whole valley of the dead bodies and of the ashes, and all the fields as far as the brook Kidron, R1625 to the corner of the Horse R1626 Gate toward the east, shall be holy R1627 to the LORD; it will not be plucked up or overthrown anymore forever."
F296: Lit me
F297: Or be adorned with
F298: Or mountains
F299: Lit defile
F300: Lit head
F301: Or assembly
F302: Lit goodness
F303: Lit saturate
F304: Lit fatness
F305: Lit inward parts
F306: Lit heart
F307: Or captivity
F308: Lit fill
F309: Or dull
F310: Or dull
F311: Lit statutes
F312: Lit these statutes
F313: Lit all the days
R1527: Jeremiah 30:22
R1528: Genesis 17:7,8; Isaiah 41:10; Romans 11:26-28
R1529: Numbers 14:20
R1530: Exodus 33:14; Numbers 10:33; Deuteronomy 1:33; Joshua 1:13
R1531: Deuteronomy 4:37; 7:8; Malachi 1:2
R1532: Psalms 25:6
R1533: Jeremiah 24:6; 33:7
R1534: Isaiah 30:32
R1535: Jeremiah 30:19
R1536: Psalms 107:37; Isaiah 65:21; Ezekiel 28:26; Amos 9:14
R1537: Isaiah 2:3; Jeremiah 31:12; 50:4,5; Micah 4:2
R1538: Psalms 14:7; Jeremiah 20:13
R1539: Deuteronomy 28:13; Isaiah 61:9
R1540: Psalms 28:9
R1541: Isaiah 37:31; Jeremiah 23:3
R1542: Jeremiah 3:18; 23:8
R1543: Deuteronomy 30:4; Isaiah 43:6; Ezekiel 34:13
R1544: Isaiah 42:16
R1545: Isaiah 40:11; Ezekiel 34:16; Micah 4:6
R1546: Psalms 126:5; Jeremiah 50:4
R1547: Isaiah 43:20; 49:10
R1548: Isaiah 63:13
R1549: Isaiah 64:8; Jeremiah 3:4,19
R1550: Exodus 4:22
R1551: Isaiah 66:19; Jeremiah 25:22
R1552: Jeremiah 50:19
R1553: Isaiah 40:11; Ezekiel 34:12
R1554: Isaiah 44:23; 48:20; Jeremiah 15:21; 50:34
R1555: Psalms 142:6
R1556: Jeremiah 31:6,7
R1557: Ezekiel 17:23
R1558: Isaiah 2:2; Micah 4:1
R1559: Hosea 2:22; Joel 3:18
R1560: Jeremiah 31:24; 33:12,13
R1561: Isaiah 58:11
R1562: Isaiah 35:10; 60:20; 65:19; John 16:22; Revelation 21:4
R1563: Judges 21:21; Psalms 30:11; Zechariah 8:4,5
R1564: Isaiah 61:3
R1565: Isaiah 51:11
R1566: Jeremiah 50:19
R1567: Matthew 2:18
R1568: Joshua 18:25; Judges 4:5; Isaiah 10:29; Jeremiah 40:1
R1569: Genesis 37:35; Psalms 77:2
R1570: Genesis 5:24; 42:13,36; Jeremiah 10:20
R1571: Isaiah 25:8; 30:19
R1572: Ruth 2:12; Hebrews 6:10
R1573: Jeremiah 30:3; Ezekiel 11:17
R1574: Jeremiah 29:11
R1575: Jeremiah 3:21
R1576: Job 1:5:17; Psalms 94:12
R1577: Hosea 4:16
R1578: Psalms 80:3,7,19; Jeremiah 17:14; Lamentations 5:21; Acts 3:26
R1579: Ezekiel 36:31; Zechariah 12:10
R1580: Ezekiel 21:12; Luke 18:13
R1581: Jeremiah 3:25
R1582: Hosea 11:8
R1583: Genesis 43:30; Judges 10:16; Isaiah 63:15; Hosea 11:8
R1584: Isaiah 55:7; 57:18; Hosea 14:4; Micah 7:18
R1585: Jeremiah 50:5
R1586: Isaiah 48:20; 52:11
R1587: Jeremiah 3:6; 49:4
R1588: Jeremiah 30:18; 32:44
R1589: Isaiah 1:26; Jeremiah 50:7
R1590: Psalms 48:1; 87:1; Zechariah 8:3
R1591: Jeremiah 31:12; Ezekiel 36:10; Zechariah 8:4-8
R1592: Psalms 107:9; Jeremiah 31:12,14; Matthew 5:6; John 4:14
R1593: Zechariah 4:1
R1594: Proverbs 3:24
R1595: Ezekiel 36:9,11; Hosea 2:23
R1596: Jeremiah 44:27; Daniel 9:14
R1597: Jeremiah 1:10; 18:7
R1598: Jeremiah 24:6
R1599: Lamentations 5:7; Ezekiel 18:2
R1600: Deuteronomy 24:16; Isaiah 3:11; Ezekiel 18:4,20
R1601: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 8:8-12
R1602: Jeremiah 32:40; 33:14; Ezekiel 37:26; Luke 22:20; 1 Corinthians 11:25; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Hebrews 8:8-12; 10:16,17
R1603: Exodus 19:5; 24:6-8; Deuteronomy 5:2,3
R1604: Deuteronomy 1:31; Isaiah 63:12
R1605: Jeremiah 11:7,8
R1606: Jeremiah 32:40; Hebrews 10:16
R1607: Psalms 40:8; 2 Corinthians 3:3
R1608: Jeremiah 24:7; 30:22; 32:38
R1609: 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 John 2:27
R1610: Isaiah 11:9; 54:13; Jeremiah 24:7; Habakkuk 2:14; John 6:45; 1 John 2:20
R1611: Jeremiah 33:8; 50:20; Micah 7:18; Romans 11:27
R1612: Isaiah 43:25; Hebrews 10:17
R1613: Genesis 1:14-18; Deuteronomy 4:19; Psalms 19:1-6; 136:7-9
R1614: Isaiah 51:15
R1615: Jeremiah 10:16; 32:18; 50:34
R1616: Psalms 89:36,37; 148:6; Isaiah 54:9,10; Jeremiah 33:20-26
R1617: Amos 9:8,9
R1618: Isaiah 40:12; Jeremiah 33:22
R1619: Jeremiah 33:24-26; Romans 11:2-5,26,27
R1620: Jeremiah 30:18; 31:4
R1621: Nehemiah 3:1; 12:39; Zechariah 14:10
R1622: 2 Kings 14:13; 2 Chronicles 26:9
R1623: Zechariah 2:1
R1624: Jeremiah 7:32; 8:2
R1625: 2 Samuel 15:23; 2 Kings 23:6,12; John 18:1
R1626: 2 Kings 11:16; 2 Chronicles 23:15; Nehemiah 3:28
R1627: Joel 3:17; Zechariah 14:20