Restoration of Israel and Judah
1The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,
2“Thus speaks the Lord God of Israel, saying: ‘Write in a book for yourself all the words that I have spoken to you.
3For behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that ⚓I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah,’ says the Lord. ⚓‘And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.’ ”
4Now these are the words that the Lord spoke concerning Israel and Judah.
5“For thus says the Lord:
‘We have heard a voice of trembling,
Of fear, and not of peace.
6Ask now, and see,
Whether a man is ever in labor with child?
So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins
⚓Like a woman in labor,
And all faces turned pale?
7⚓Alas! For that day is great,
⚓So that none is like it;
And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble,
But he shall be saved out of it.
8‘For it shall come to pass in that day,’
Says the Lord of hosts,
‘That I will break his yoke from your neck,
And will burst your bonds;
Foreigners shall no more enslave them.
9But they shall serve the Lord their God,
And ⚓David their king,
Whom I will ⚓raise up for them.
10‘Therefore ⚓do not fear, O My servant Jacob,’ says the Lord,
‘Nor be dismayed, O Israel;
For behold, I will save you from afar,
And your seed ⚓from the land of their captivity.
Jacob shall return, have rest and be quiet,
And no one shall make him afraid.
11For I am with ⚓you,’ says the Lord, ‘to save you;
⚓Though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you,
⚓Yet I will not make a complete end of you.
But I will correct you ⚓in justice,
And will not let you go altogether unpunished.’
12“For thus says the Lord:
⚓‘Your affliction is incurable,
Your wound is severe.
13There is no one to plead your cause,
That you may be bound up;
⚓You have no healing medicines.
14⚓All your lovers have forgotten you;
They do not seek you;
For I have wounded you with the wound ⚓of an enemy,
With the chastisement ⚓of a cruel one,
For the multitude of your iniquities,
⚓Because your sins have increased.
15Why ⚓do you cry about your affliction?
Your sorrow is incurable.
Because of the multitude of your iniquities,
Because your sins have increased,
I have done these things to you.
16‘Therefore all those who devour you ⚓shall be devoured;
And all your adversaries, every one of them, shall go into ⚓captivity;
Those who plunder you shall become ⚓plunder,
And all who prey upon you I will make a ⚓prey.
17⚓For I will restore health to you
And heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord,
‘Because they called you an outcast saying:
“This is Zion;
No one seeks her.” ’
18“Thus says the Lord:
‘Behold, I will bring back the captivity of Jacob’s tents,
And ⚓have mercy on his dwelling places;
The city shall be built upon its own mound,
And the palace shall remain according to its own plan.
19Then ⚓out of them shall proceed thanksgiving
And the voice of those who make merry;
⚓I will multiply them, and they shall not diminish;
I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
20Their children also shall be ⚓as before,
And their congregation shall be established before Me;
And I will punish all who oppress them.
21Their nobles shall be from among them,
⚓And their governor shall come from their midst;
Then I will ⚓cause him to draw near,
And he shall approach Me;
For who is this who pledged his heart to approach Me?’ says the Lord.
22‘You shall be ⚓My people,
And I will be your God.’ ”
23Behold, the ⚓whirlwind of the Lord
Goes forth with fury,
A continuing whirlwind;
It will fall violently on the head of the wicked.
24The fierce anger of the Lord will not return until He has done it,
And until He has performed the intents of His heart.
⚓In the latter days you will consider it.