1 "At a the same time," says the LORD, b "I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people."
Thus says the LORD:
"The people who survived the sword
Found grace in the wilderness -
Israel, when c I went to give him rest." 3 The LORD has appeared 1 of old to me, saying:
"Yes, d I have loved you with e an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have f drawn you. 4 Again g I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt,
O virgin of Israel!
You shall again be adorned with your h tambourines,
And shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice. 5 i You shall yet plant vines on the mountains of Samaria;
The planters shall plant and 2 eat them as ordinary food. 6 For there shall be a day
When the watchmen will cry on Mount Ephraim,
j 'Arise, and let us go up to Zion,
To the LORD our God.' "
For thus says the LORD:
k "Sing with gladness for Jacob,
And shout among the chief of the nations;
Proclaim, give praise, and say,
'O LORD, save Your people,
The remnant of Israel!' 8 Behold, I will bring them l from the north country,
And m gather them from the ends of the earth,
Among them the blind and the lame,
The woman with child
And the one who labors with child, together;
A great throng shall return there. 9 n They shall come with weeping,
And with supplications I will lead them.
I will cause them to walk o 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 p firstborn.
"Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
And declare it in the 3 isles afar off, and say,
'He who scattered Israel q will gather him,
And keep him as a shepherd does his flock.' 11 For r the LORD has redeemed Jacob,
And ransomed him s from the hand of one stronger than he. 12 Therefore they shall come and sing in t the height of Zion,
Streaming to u the goodness of the LORD -
For wheat and new wine and oil,
For the young of the flock and the herd;
Their souls shall be like a v well-watered garden,
w And they shall sorrow no more at all. 13 "Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance,
And the young men and the old, together;
For I will turn their mourning to joy,
Will comfort them,
And make them rejoice rather than sorrow. 14 I will 4 satiate the soul of the priests with abundance,
And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the LORD."
Thus says the LORD:
x "A voice was heard in y Ramah,
Lamentation and bitter z weeping,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted for her children,
Because a they are no more."
Thus says the LORD:
"Refrain your voice from b weeping,
And your eyes from tears;
For your work shall be rewarded, says the LORD,
And they shall come back from the land of the enemy. 17 There is c hope in your future, says the LORD,
That your children shall come back to their own border. 18 "I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself:
'You have d chastised me, and I was chastised,
Like an untrained bull;
e Restore me, and I will return,
For You are the LORD my God. 19 Surely, f after my turning, I repented;
And after I was instructed, I struck myself on the thigh;
I was g ashamed, yes, even humiliated,
Because I bore the reproach of my youth.' 20 Is Ephraim My dear son?
Is he a pleasant child?
For though I spoke against him,
I earnestly remember him still;
h Therefore My 5 heart yearns for him;
i I will surely have mercy on him, says the LORD.
"Set up signposts,
j Set your heart toward the highway,
The way in which you went.
6 Turn back, O virgin of Israel,
Turn back to these your cities. 22 How long will you k gad about,
O you l backsliding daughter?
For the LORD has created a new thing in the earth -
A woman shall encompass a man."
23 Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: "They shall again use this speech in the land of Judah and in its cities, when I bring back their captivity: m 'The LORD bless you, O home of justice, and n mountain of holiness!'
24 "And there shall dwell in Judah itself, and o in all its cities together, farmers and those going out with flocks. 25 "For I have 7 satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul."
26 After this I awoke and looked around, and my sleep was p sweet to me.
27 "Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, that q I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and the seed of beast. 28 "And it shall come to pass, that as I have r watched over them s to pluck up, to break down, to throw down, to destroy, and to afflict, so I will watch over them t to build and to plant, says the LORD.
u "In those days they shall say no more:
'The fathers have eaten sour grapes,
And the children's teeth are set on edge.'
30 v "But every one shall die for his own iniquity; every man who eats the sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.