1At the same time, saith the LORD, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people.2Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.3The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying , Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.4Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry.5Thou shalt yet plant vines upon the mountains of Samaria: the planters shall plant, and shall eat them as common things.6For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God.7For thus saith the LORD; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O LORD, save thy people, the remnant of Israel.8Behold, 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 her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither.9They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.10Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.11For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.12Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.13Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, 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.14And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD.15Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.16Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.17And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy children shall come again to their own border.18I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus ; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke : turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God.19Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.20Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the LORD.21Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps: set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest: turn again, O virgin of Israel, turn again to these thy cities.22How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the LORD hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man.23Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; As yet 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 thee, O habitation of justice, and mountain of holiness.24And there shall dwell in Judah itself, and in all the cities thereof together, husbandmen, and they that go forth with flocks.25For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.26Upon this I awaked, and beheld; and my sleep was sweet unto me.27Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast.28And it shall come to pass, that like 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, saith the LORD.29In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children' teeth are set on edge.30But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.31Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:32Not 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 my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:33But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.34And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.35Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:36If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.37Thus saith 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, saith the LORD.38Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the city shall be built to the LORD from the tower of Hananeel unto the gate of the corner.39And the measuring line shall yet go forth over against it upon the hill Gareb, and shall compass about to Goath.40And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields unto the brook of Kidron, unto the corner of the horse gate toward the east, shall be holy unto the LORD; it shall not be plucked up, nor thrown down any more for ever.
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The Lord Will Turn Mourning to Joy
1“At that time, declares the Lord, I will be the God of all the clans of Israel, and they shall be my people.” (Jer 30:22; Jer 30:24; 2Co 6:18)2Thus says the Lord: “The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when Israel sought for rest, (Ps 95:11; Isa 63:14; Jer 30:10)3the Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. (De 7:8; De 10:15; Ps 36:10; Ho 11:4; Mal 1:2; Ro 11:28)4Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin Israel! Again you shall adorn yourself with tambourines and shall go forth in the dance of the merrymakers. (Ex 15:20; Jud 11:34; Jud 21:21; 2Sa 6:14; Isa 61:10; Jer 31:13; Jer 31:28; Jer 33:7)5Again you shall plant vineyards on the mountains of Samaria; the planters shall plant and shall enjoy the fruit. (Isa 65:21; Am 9:14)6For there shall be a day when watchmen will call in the hill country of Ephraim: ‘Arise, and let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God.’” (Jos 24:33; Isa 2:3; Isa 27:13)7For thus says the Lord: “Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, ‘O Lord, save your people, the remnant of Israel.’ (Ps 118:25; Isa 12:6; Isa 65:18; Am 6:1)8Behold, I will bring them from the north country and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, the pregnant woman and she who is in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here. (Isa 35:5; Jer 3:18; Jer 6:22; Jer 23:3)9With weeping they shall come, and with pleas for mercy I will lead them back, I will make them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble, for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. (Ex 4:22; Ezr 3:13; Ezr 10:1; Ps 23:2; Ps 89:27; Isa 35:6; Isa 35:8; Isa 43:19; Isa 49:10; Isa 49:11; Jer 3:21; Jer 50:4; Zec 12:10; Ro 8:15)10“Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands far away; say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.’ (Isa 40:11; Jer 31:8)11For the Lord has ransomed Jacob and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him. (Isa 43:1; Isa 44:23; Isa 48:20; Isa 49:24)12They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion, and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord, over the grain, the wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; their life shall be like a watered garden, and they shall languish no more. (De 12:17; Isa 2:2; Isa 35:10; Isa 58:11; Ho 3:5; Mic 4:1)13Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow. (Jer 31:4; Joh 16:20)14I will feast the soul of the priests with abundance, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, declares the Lord.” (Jer 31:25)15Thus says the Lord: “A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.” (Ge 35:19; Ge 48:7; Jos 18:25; 1Sa 10:2; Jer 10:20; Mt 2:18)16Thus says the Lord: “Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, for there is a reward for your work, declares the Lord, and they shall come back from the land of the enemy. (Ezr 1:5; Ho 1:11)17There is hope for your future, declares the Lord, and your children shall come back to their own country. (Jer 29:11)18I have heard Ephraim grieving, ‘You have disciplined me, and I was disciplined, like an untrained calf; bring me back that I may be restored, for you are the Lord my God. (Ps 80:3; Jer 31:9; La 5:21)19For after I had turned away, I relented, and after I was instructed, I struck my thigh; I was ashamed, and I was confounded, because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’ (De 30:2; Jer 3:25; Eze 21:12)20Is Ephraim my dear son? Is he my darling child? For as often as I speak against him, I do remember him still. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him, declares the Lord. (Pr 8:30; So 5:4; Isa 16:11; Jer 31:18)21“Set up road markers for yourself; make yourself guideposts; consider well the highway, the road by which you went. Return, O virgin Israel, return to these your cities. (Isa 57:14; Isa 62:10; Jer 50:4)22How long will you waver, O faithless daughter? For the Lord has created a new thing on the earth: a woman encircles a man.” (Jer 2:18; Jer 2:23; Jer 2:36; Jer 49:4)23Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Once more they shall use these words in the land of Judah and in its cities, when I restore their fortunes: “‘The Lord bless you, O habitation of righteousness, O holy hill!’ (Ps 122:6; Isa 1:26; Jer 30:3; Jer 50:7; Zec 8:3)24And Judah and all its cities shall dwell there together, and the farmers and those who wander with their flocks. (Jer 33:13)25For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.” (Ps 36:8; Jer 31:14)26At this I awoke and looked, and my sleep was pleasant to me.27“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and the seed of beast. (Ps 22:30; Isa 53:10; Jer 9:25; Eze 36:11; Ho 2:23; Zec 10:9)28And it shall come to pass that as I have watched over them to pluck up and break down, to overthrow, destroy, and bring harm, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, declares the Lord. (Jer 1:10; Jer 24:6; Jer 31:40; Jer 32:42; Jer 44:27)29In those days they shall no longer say: “‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’ (La 5:7; Eze 18:2)30But everyone shall die for his own iniquity. Each man who eats sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge. (Eze 18:4)
The New Covenant
31“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, (Lu 22:20; 2Co 3:6; Heb 8:8)32not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. (De 1:31; Jer 3:14)33For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Ps 37:31; Jer 30:22; Jer 32:40; Eze 37:26; Ho 2:23; Zec 8:8; Zec 13:9; 2Co 3:3; Heb 10:16; Re 21:7)34And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Isa 43:25; Isa 54:13; Jer 6:13; Jer 33:8; Jer 36:3; Jer 50:20; Mic 7:18; Ac 10:43; Ro 11:27; Heb 10:17)35Thus says the Lord, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the Lord of hosts is his name: (Ge 1:16; Jer 10:16; Jer 31:36)36“If this fixed order departs from before me, declares the Lord, then shall the offspring of Israel cease from being a nation before me forever.” (Ps 148:6; Isa 54:9; Jer 33:20)37Thus says the Lord: “If the heavens above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth below can be explored, then I will cast off all the offspring of Israel for all that they have done, declares the Lord.” (Ro 11:1)38“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when the city shall be rebuilt for the Lord from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate. (2Ki 14:13; Ne 3:1; Ne 12:39; Jer 31:27; Jer 31:31; Zec 14:10)39And the measuring line shall go out farther, straight to the hill Gareb, and shall then turn to Goah. (Eze 40:3; Zec 1:16; Zec 2:1; Re 11:1)40The whole valley of the dead bodies and the ashes, and all the fields as far as the brook Kidron, to the corner of the Horse Gate toward the east, shall be sacred to the Lord. It shall not be plucked up or overthrown anymore forever.” (2Sa 15:23; 2Ch 23:15; Isa 52:1; Jer 7:31; Jer 31:28; Joe 3:17)