This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
"This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Write1 in a book all the words I have spoken to you.
The days2 are coming,' declares the LORD, 'when I will bring3 my people Israel and Judah back from captivitya and restore4 them to the land I gave their forefathers to possess,' says the LORD."
These are the words the LORD spoke concerning Israel and Judah:
"This is what the LORD says: " 'Cries of fear5 are heard-- terror, not peace.
Ask and see: Can a man bear children? Then why do I see every strong man with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor,6 every face turned deathly pale?77
How awful that day8 will be! None will be like it. It will be a time of trouble9 for Jacob, but he will be saved10 out of it.
" 'In that day,' declares the LORD Almighty, 'I will break the yoke11 off their necks and will tear off their bonds;12 no longer will foreigners enslave them.139
Instead, they will serve the LORD their God and David14 their king,15 whom I will raise up for them.
" 'So do not fear,16 O Jacob my servant;17 do not be dismayed, O Israel,' declares the LORD. 'I will surely save18 you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile. Jacob will again have peace and security,19 and no one will make him afraid.2011
I am with you21 and will save you,' declares the LORD. 'Though I completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy22 you. I will discipline23 you but only with justice; I will not let you go entirely unpunished.'2412
"This is what the LORD says: " 'Your wound25 is incurable, your injury beyond healing.2613
There is no one to plead your cause,27 no remedy for your sore, no healing28 for you.
All your allies29 have forgotten you; they care nothing for you. I have struck you as an enemy30 would and punished you as would the cruel,31 because your guilt is so great and your sins32 so many.
Why do you cry out over your wound, your pain that has no cure?33 Because of your great guilt and many sins I have done these things to you.3416
" 'But all who devour35 you will be devoured; all your enemies will go into exile.36 Those who plunder37 you will be plundered; all who make spoil of you I will despoil.
But I will restore you to health and heal38 your wounds,' declares the LORD, 'because you are called an outcast,39 Zion for whom no one cares.'4018
"This is what the LORD says: " 'I will restore the fortunes41 of Jacob's tents42 and have compassion43 on his dwellings; the city will be rebuilt44 on her ruins, and the palace will stand in its proper place.
From them will come songs45 of thanksgiving46 and the sound of rejoicing.47 I will add to their numbers,48 and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honor,49 and they will not be disdained.
Their children50 will be as in days of old, and their community will be established51 before me; I will punish52 all who oppress them.
Their leader53 will be one of their own; their ruler will arise from among them.54 I will bring him near55 and he will come close to me, for who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?' declares the LORD.
" 'So you will be my people,56 and I will be your God.57' "
See, the storm58 of the LORD will burst out in wrath, a driving wind swirling down on the heads of the wicked.
The fierce anger59 of the LORD will not turn back60 until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand61 this.