Jeremiah 31 ©
The restoration of Israel. Rachel mourning is comforted. Ephraim repenting is received into favour. The miracle of Christ's birth promised as a means of blessing to Judah. God's care for his church. Every man shall answer for his own sin only. The new covenant with Israel. The stability of God's favour to them. The extent of the city when it shall be built.
Thus saith the LORD, dThe people which were left of the sword efound grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when fI went to cause him to rest.
For there shall be ma day, that nthe watchmen oupon the mount Ephraim shall cry, pArise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God.
Behold, sI will bring them tfrom the north country, and ugather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child vand her that *travaileth with child together: wa great company shall return thither.
They shall come xwith weeping, and ywith 5supplications will I lead them: zI will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in aa straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: bfor I am a father to Israel, and cEphraim is dmy firstborn.
¶Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it ein the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will fgather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.
Therefore ithey shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together jto the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and ktheir soul shall be as a watered garden; and they lshall not sorrow any more at all.
¶I have surely heard xEphraim ybemoaning himself thus; zThou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: aturn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God.
Surely bafter that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, cbecause I did bear the reproach of my youth.
Is dEphraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for esince I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my *bowels 6are troubled for him; fI will surely have mercy upon him, saith the LORD.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; mAs yet they shall use this speech in the land of Judah and in the cities thereof, when I shall bring again their captivity; The LORD bless thee, O habitation of justice, and nmountain of holiness.
zNot according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that aI took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant bthey brake, 7although I was can husband unto them, saith the LORD:
But dthis shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, eI will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; fand will be their God, and they shall be my people.
And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, gKnow the LORD: for they shall all know me, hfrom the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for iI will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
¶Thus saith the LORD, jwhich giveth the sun for a light by day, and kthe ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which ldivideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; mThe LORD of hosts is his name:
And the whole uvalley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields unto the brook of Kidron, unto the corner of the vhorse gate toward the east, shall be wholy unto the LORD; xit shall not be plucked up, nor thrown down any more for ever.