Jeremiah 31:1-9 (New International Version)

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1 "At that time," declares the LORD, "I will be the God1 of all the clans of Israel, and they will be my people." 2 This is what the LORD says: "The people who survive the sword will find favor2 in the desert; I will come to give rest3 to Israel." 3 The LORD appeared to us in the past,a saying: "I have loved4 you with an everlasting love; I have drawn5 you with loving-kindness. 4 I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt,6 O Virgin7 Israel. Again you will take up your tambourines8 and go out to dance9 with the joyful.10 5 Again you will plant11 vineyards on the hills of Samaria;12 the farmers will plant them and enjoy their fruit.13 6 There will be a day when watchmen14 cry out on the hills of Ephraim, 'Come, let us go up to Zion, to the LORD our God.' "15 7 This is what the LORD says: "Sing16 with joy for Jacob; shout for the foremost17 of the nations. Make your praises heard, and say, 'O LORD, save18 your people, the remnant19 of Israel.' 8 See, I will bring them from the land of the north20 and gather21 them from the ends of the earth. Among them will be the blind22 and the lame,23 expectant mothers and women in labor; a great throng will return. 9 They will come with weeping;24 they will pray as I bring them back. I will lead25 them beside streams of water26 on a level27 path where they will not stumble, because I am Israel's father,28 and Ephraim is my firstborn son.
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