Jeremiah 29:24-32

To Shemaiah the Nehelamite you shall speak, saying, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Because you have sent letters in your own name to all the people who are in Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest, and to all the priests, saying, “The Lord has made you priest instead of Jehoiada the priest, to be the [a]overseer in the house of the Lord over every madman who prophesies, to put him in the stocks and in the iron collar, now then, why have you not rebuked Jeremiah of Anathoth who prophesies to you? For he has sent to us in Babylon, saying, ‘The exile will be long; build houses and live in them and plant gardens and eat their [b]produce.’”’”

Zephaniah the priest read this letter [c]to Jeremiah the prophet. Then came the word of the Lord to Jeremiah, saying, “Send to all the exiles, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite, “Because Shemaiah has prophesied to you, although I did not send him, and he has made you trust in a lie,” therefore thus says the Lord, “Behold, I am about to punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite and his [d]descendants; he will not have anyone living among this people, and he will not see the good that I am about to do to My people,” declares the Lord, “because he has [e]preached rebellion against the Lord.”’”

  1. Jeremiah 29:26 Lit overseers
  2. Jeremiah 29:28 Lit fruit
  3. Jeremiah 29:29 Lit in the ears of
  4. Jeremiah 29:32 Lit seed
  5. Jeremiah 29:32 Lit spoken

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Jeremiah 30

Deliverance from Captivity Promised

The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Write all the words which I have spoken to you in a book. For behold, days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will restore the [a]fortunes of My people Israel and Judah.’ The Lord says, ‘I will also bring them back to the land that I gave to their forefathers and they shall possess it.’”

Now these are the words which the Lord spoke concerning Israel and concerning Judah:

“For thus says the Lord,

[b]I have heard a sound of terror,
Of dread, and there is no peace.
‘Ask now, and see
If a male can give birth.
Why do I see every man
With his hands on his loins, as a woman in childbirth?
And why have all faces turned pale?
‘Alas! for that day is great,
There is none like it;
And it is the time of Jacob’s distress,
But he will be saved from it.

‘It shall come about on that day,’ declares the Lord of hosts, ‘that I will break his yoke from off [c]their neck and will tear off [d]their bonds; and strangers will no longer make [e]them their slaves. But they shall serve the Lord their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.

‘Fear not, O Jacob My servant,’ declares the Lord,
‘And do not be dismayed, O Israel;
For behold, I will save you from afar
And your [f]offspring from the land of their captivity.
And Jacob will return and will be quiet and at ease,
And no one will make him afraid.
‘For I am with you,’ declares the Lord, ‘to save you;
For I will destroy completely all the nations where I have scattered you,
Only I will not destroy you completely.
But I will chasten you justly
And will by no means leave you unpunished.’

“For thus says the Lord,
‘Your wound is incurable
And your injury is serious.
‘There is no one to plead your cause;
No healing for your sore,
No recovery for you.
‘All your lovers have forgotten you,
They do not seek you;
For I have wounded you with the wound of an enemy,
With the punishment of a cruel one,
Because your iniquity is great
And your sins are numerous.
‘Why do you cry out over your injury?
Your pain is incurable.
Because your iniquity is great
And your sins are numerous,
I have done these things to you.
‘Therefore all who devour you will be devoured;
And all your adversaries, every one of them, will go into captivity;
And those who plunder you will be for plunder,
And all who prey upon you I will give for prey.
‘For I will [g]restore you to [h]health
And I will heal you of your wounds,’ declares the Lord,
‘Because they have called you an outcast, saying:
“It is Zion; no one [i]cares for her.”’

Restoration of Jacob

“Thus says the Lord,
‘Behold, I will restore the [j]fortunes of the tents of Jacob
And have compassion on his dwelling places;
And the city will be rebuilt on its ruin,
And the palace will stand on its rightful place.
‘From them will proceed thanksgiving
And the voice of those who [k]celebrate;
And I will multiply them and they will not be diminished;
I will also honor them and they will not be insignificant.
[l]Their children also will be as formerly,
And [m]their congregation shall be established before Me;
And I will punish all [n]their oppressors.
[o]Their leader shall be one of them,
And [p]their ruler shall come forth from [q]their midst;
And I will bring him near and he shall approach Me;
For [r]who would dare to risk his life to approach Me?’ declares the Lord.
‘You shall be My people,
And I will be your God.’”

Behold, the tempest of the Lord!
Wrath has gone forth,
A [s]sweeping tempest;
It will burst on the head of the wicked.
The fierce anger of the Lord will not turn back
Until He has performed and until He has accomplished
The intent of His heart;
In the latter days you will understand this.

  1. Jeremiah 30:3 Or captivity
  2. Jeremiah 30:5 Lit We
  3. Jeremiah 30:8 So Gr; Heb your
  4. Jeremiah 30:8 So Gr; Heb your
  5. Jeremiah 30:8 Lit him their slave
  6. Jeremiah 30:10 Lit seed
  7. Jeremiah 30:17 Lit cause to go up
  8. Jeremiah 30:17 Or healing
  9. Jeremiah 30:17 Lit is seeking
  10. Jeremiah 30:18 Or captivity
  11. Jeremiah 30:19 Or dance
  12. Jeremiah 30:20 Lit His
  13. Jeremiah 30:20 Lit his
  14. Jeremiah 30:20 Lit his
  15. Jeremiah 30:21 Lit his
  16. Jeremiah 30:21 Lit his
  17. Jeremiah 30:21 Lit his
  18. Jeremiah 30:21 Lit who is he that gives his heart in pledge
  19. Jeremiah 30:23 Or raging

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Jeremiah 31:1-14

Israel’s Mourning Turned to Joy

“At that time,” declares the Lord, “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 it went to find its rest.”
The Lord appeared to [a]him from afar, saying,
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.
“Again I will build you and you will be rebuilt,
O virgin of Israel!
Again you will [b]take up your tambourines,
And go forth to the dances of the merrymakers.
“Again you will plant vineyards
On the [c]hills of Samaria;
The planters will plant
And will [d]enjoy them.
“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.’”

For thus says the Lord,
“Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
And shout among the [e]chief of the nations;
Proclaim, give praise and say,
‘O Lord, save Your people,
The remnant of Israel.’
“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 [f]company, they will return here.
“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.”

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.”
For the Lord has ransomed Jacob
And redeemed him from the hand of him who was stronger than he.
“They will come and shout for joy on the height of Zion,
And they will be radiant over the [g]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.
“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.
“I will [h]fill the soul of the priests with [i]abundance,
And My people will be satisfied with My goodness,” declares the Lord.

  1. Jeremiah 31:3 Lit me
  2. Jeremiah 31:4 Or be adorned with
  3. Jeremiah 31:5 Or mountains
  4. Jeremiah 31:5 Lit defile
  5. Jeremiah 31:7 Lit head
  6. Jeremiah 31:8 Or assembly
  7. Jeremiah 31:12 Lit goodness
  8. Jeremiah 31:14 Lit saturate
  9. Jeremiah 31:14 Lit fatness

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