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Jeremiah 31 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Israel's Mourning Turned to Joy

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:1 - “At that time,” declares the LORD, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:2 - Thus says the LORD,
“The people who survived the sword
Found grace in the wilderness
Israel, when it went to find its rest.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:3 - The LORD appeared to [fn]him from afar, saying,
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:4 - “Again I will build you and you will be rebuilt,
O virgin of Israel!
Again you will [fn]take up your tambourines,
And go forth to the dances of the merrymakers.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:5 - “Again you will plant vineyards
On the [fn]hills of Samaria;
The planters will plant
And will [fn]enjoy them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:6 - “For there will be a day when watchmen
On the hills of Ephraim call out,
‘Arise, and let us go up to Zion,
To the LORD our God.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:7 - For thus says the LORD,
“Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
And shout among the [fn]chief of the nations;
Proclaim, give praise and say,
‘O LORD, save Your people,
The remnant of Israel.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:8 - “Behold, I am bringing them from the north country,
And I will gather them from the remote parts of the earth,
Among them the blind and the lame,
The woman with child and she who is in labor with child, together;
A great [fn]company, they will return here.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:9 - “With weeping they will come,
And by supplication I will lead them;
I will make them walk by streams of waters,
On a straight path in which they will not stumble;
For I am a father to Israel,
And Ephraim is My firstborn.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:10 - Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
And declare in the coastlands afar off,
And say, “He who scattered Israel will gather him
And keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:11 - For the LORD has ransomed Jacob
And redeemed him from the hand of him who was stronger than he.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:12 - “They will come and shout for joy on the height of Zion,
And they will be radiant over the [fn]bounty of the LORD
Over the grain and the new wine and the oil,
And over the young of the flock and the herd;
And their life will be like a watered garden,
And they will never languish again.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:13 - “Then the virgin will rejoice in the dance,
And the young men and the old, together,
For I will turn their mourning into joy
And will comfort them and give them joy for their sorrow.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:14 - “I will [fn]fill the soul of the priests with [fn]abundance,
And My people will be satisfied with My goodness,” declares the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:15 - Thus 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:16 - Thus says the LORD,
“Restrain your voice from weeping
And your eyes from tears;
For your work will be rewarded,” declares the LORD,
“And they will return from the land of the enemy.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:17 - “There is hope for your future,” declares the LORD,
“And your children will return to their own territory.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:18 - “I have surely heard Ephraim grieving,
‘You have chastised me, and I was chastised,
Like an untrained calf;
Bring me back that I may be restored,
For You are the LORD my God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:19 - ‘For after I turned back, I repented;
And after I was instructed, I smote on my thigh;
I was ashamed and also humiliated
Because I bore the reproach of my youth.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:20 - “Is Ephraim My dear son?
Is he a delightful child?
Indeed, as often as I have spoken against him,
I certainly still remember him;
Therefore My [fn]heart yearns for him;
I will surely have mercy on him,” declares the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:21 - “Set up for yourself roadmarks,
Place for yourself guideposts;
Direct your [fn]mind to the highway,
The way by which you went.
Return, O virgin of Israel,
Return to these your cities.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:22 - “How long will you go here and there,
O faithless daughter?
For the LORD has created a new thing in the earth
A woman will encompass a man.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:23 - 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 their [fn]fortunes,
‘The LORD bless you, O abode of righteousness,
O holy hill!’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:24 - “Judah and all its cities will dwell together in it, the farmer and they who go about with flocks.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:25 - “For I satisfy the weary ones and [fn]refresh everyone who languishes.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:26 - At this I awoke and looked, and my sleep was pleasant to me.

A New Covenant

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:27 - “Behold, 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 with the seed of beast.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:28 - “As I have watched over them to pluck up, to break down, to overthrow, to destroy and to bring disaster, so I will watch over them to build and to plant,” declares the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:29 - “In those days they will not say again,
‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes,
And the children’s teeth are [fn]set on edge.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:30 - “But everyone will die for his own iniquity; each man who eats the sour grapes, his teeth will be [fn]set on edge.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:31 - “Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:32 - not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:33 - “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:34 - “They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the LORD, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:35 - Thus says the LORD,
Who gives the sun for light by day
And the [fn]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:
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:36 - “If [fn]this fixed order departs
From before Me,” declares the LORD,
“Then the offspring of Israel also will cease
From being a nation before Me [fn]forever.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:37 - Thus says the LORD,
“If the heavens above can be measured
And the foundations of the earth searched out below,
Then I will also cast off all the offspring of Israel
For all that they have done,” declares the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:38 - “Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when the city will be rebuilt for the LORD from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:39 - “The measuring line will go out farther straight ahead to the hill Gareb; then it will turn to Goah.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 31:40 - “And the whole valley of the dead bodies and of the ashes, and all the fields as far as the brook Kidron, to the corner of the Horse Gate toward the east, shall be holy to the LORD; it will not be plucked up or overthrown anymore forever.”
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: me
Or, be adorned with
Or, mountains
Literally: defile
Literally: head
Or, assembly
Literally: goodness
Literally: saturate
Literally: fatness
Literally: inward parts
Literally: heart
Or, captivity
Literally: fill
Or, dull
Or, dull
Literally: statutes
Literally: these statutes
Literally: all the days

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