1 "At that time," declares the Lord, "I will be the God of all the clans of Israel, and they will be my people."
8 See, I will bring them from the land of the north 8 and gather them from the ends of the earth. 8 Among them will be the blind and the lame, 8 expectant mothers and women in labor; 8 a great throng will return.
9 They will come with weeping; 9 they will pray as I bring them back. 9 I will lead them beside streams of water 9 on a level path where they will not stumble, 9 because I am Israel's father, 9 and Ephraim is my firstborn son.
12 They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; 12 they will rejoice in the bounty of the Lord— 12 the grain, the new wine and the oil, 12 the young of the flocks and herds. 12 They will be like a well-watered garden, 12 and they will sorrow no more.
16 This is what the Lord says: 16 "Restrain your voice from weeping 16 and your eyes from tears, 16 for your work will be rewarded," 16 declares the Lord. 16 "They will return from the land of the enemy.
20 Is not Ephraim my dear son, 20 the child in whom I delight? 20 Though I often speak against him, 20 I still remember him. 20 Therefore my heart yearns for him; 20 I have great compassion for him," 20 declares the Lord.
23 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "When I bring them back from captivity,[c] the people in the land of Judah and in its towns will once again use these words: 'The Lord bless you, O righteous dwelling, O sacred mountain.' 24 People will live together in Judah and all its towns—farmers and those who move about with their flocks. 25 I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint."
26 At this I awoke and looked around. My sleep had been pleasant to me.
27 "The days are coming," declares the Lord, "when I will plant the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the offspring of men and of animals. 28 Just as I watched over them to uproot and tear down, and to overthrow, destroy and bring disaster, so I will watch over them to build and to plant," declares the Lord. 29 "In those days people will no longer say, 29 'The fathers have eaten sour grapes, 29 and the children's teeth are set on edge.'
30 Instead, everyone will die for his own sin; whoever eats sour grapes—his own teeth will be set on edge.
32 It will not be like the covenant 32 I made with their forefathers 32 when I took them by the hand 32 to lead them out of Egypt, 32 because they broke my covenant, 32 though I was a husband to[d] them,[e] " 32 declares the Lord.
33 "This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel 33 after that time," declares the Lord. 33 "I will put my law in their minds 33 and write it on their hearts. 33 I will be their God, 33 and they will be my people.
34 No longer will a man teach his neighbor, 34 or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' 34 because they will all know me, 34 from the least of them to the greatest," 34 declares the Lord. 34 "For I will forgive their wickedness 34 and will remember their sins no more."
35 This is what the Lord says, 35 he who appoints the sun 35 to shine by day, 35 who decrees the moon and stars 35 to shine by night, 35 who stirs up the sea 35 so that its waves roar— 35 the Lord Almighty is his name:
37 This is what the Lord says: 37 "Only if the heavens above can be measured 37 and the foundations of the earth below be searched out 37 will I reject all the descendants of Israel 37 because of all they have done," 37 declares the Lord.
38 "The days are coming," declares the Lord, "when this city will be rebuilt for me from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate. 39 The measuring line will stretch from there straight to the hill of Gareb and then turn to Goah. 40 The whole valley where dead bodies and ashes are thrown, and all the terraces out to the Kidron Valley on the east as far as the corner of the Horse Gate, will be holy to the Lord. The city will never again be uprooted or demolished."
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