“The people who survived the sword
found favor in the wilderness;
yes, Israel, when it went to find its rest.”
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore with covenant faithfulness I have drawn you.
O virgin Israel.
You will take up your tambourines again
and go out, dancing with those who make merry.
on the mountains of Samaria;
the planters will plant, and will enjoy its fruit.
that the watchmen on the hills of Ephraim will cry out,
‘Arise, and let us go up to Zion
to Yahweh our God.’”
“Sing with gladness for Jacob,
and shout for the foremost of the nations;
proclaim, praise, and say,
‘Yahweh, save your people,
the remnant of Israel.’
and with petitions will I lead them;
I will cause them to walk by rivers of waters,
on a straight road where they will not stumble,
for I am a father to Israel,
and Ephraim is my firstborn.
you nations, and declare it in the islands afar off,
and say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him,
and keep him as shepherd does his flock.’
and redeemed him from the hand of him who was stronger than he.
and will be radiant over the goodness of Yahweh;
over the grain and over the new wine, and over the oil,
and over the young of the flocks and of the herds,
and their life will be like a watered garden;
and they will never languish again.
and the young men and the old rejoice together,
for I will turn their mourning into joy
and will comfort them
and give them joy in place of their sorrow.
and my people will be satisfied with my goodness,”
“A voice is heard in Ramah,
lamentation and bitter weeping,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refuses to be comforted for her children,
because they are no more.”
“Refrain your voice from weeping
and your eyes from tears,
for your work will be rewarded,”
“and they will come again from the land of the enemy.
“and your children will come again to their own territory.
‘You have disciplined me,
and I was disciplined like an untrained calf;
bring me back and I will be restored,
for you are Yahweh my God.
and after I was instructed, I struck on my thigh.
I was ashamed, yes, even confounded,
because I bore the reproach of my youth.’
set your heart toward the highway,
even the road by which you went.
Return, O Virgin Israel,
return to these your cities.
you unfaithful daughter?
For Yahweh has created a new thing in the earth:
a woman will encompass a man.”
23This is what Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, says: “When I restore their fortunes they will again speak this word in the land of Judah and in its cities, ‘Yahweh bless you, habitation of righteousness, holy mountain.’
24Judah and all its cities will dwell in it together, the farmers, and those who go about with flocks.
25For I have satiated the weary soul, and every sorrowful soul I have replenished.”
27“Behold, the days come,” says Yahweh, “that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the offspring of man and with the offspring of animals.
28Like as I have watched over them to pluck up and to break down and to overthrow and to destroy and to afflict, so will I watch over them to build and to plant, says Yahweh.
29In those days they will no longer say,
‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes,
and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’
31Behold, the days are coming, declares Yahweh, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,
32not like 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; my covenant that they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares Yahweh.
33“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares Yahweh. “I will put my law within them, yes, I will write it in their hearts; and I will be their God, and they will be my people,
34and they will no longer teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know Yahweh,’ for they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” says Yahweh, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
who gives the sun for a 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–
Yahweh of Armies is his name:
“then the seed of Israel also will cease
from being a nation before me forever.”
“If heaven above can be measured,
and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath,
then will I also cast off all the seed of Israel
for all that they have done,”
38“Behold, the days are coming,” says Yahweh, “that the city will be built to Yahweh from the tower of Hananel to the gate of the corner.
39The measuring line will go out further straight onward to the hill Gareb, and will turn about to Goah.
40The whole valley of the dead bodies and of the ashes, and all the fields to the brook Kidron, to the corner of the horse gate toward the east, will be holy to Yahweh. It will not be plucked up, nor overthrown any more forever.”