Jeremiah 30 NIV

Restoration of Israel

1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:

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      2 "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Write1 in a book all the words I have spoken to you.

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      3 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."

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        • a 30:3 - Or "will restore the fortunes of my people Israel and Judah"
          4 These are the words the LORD spoke concerning Israel and Judah:
          5 "This is what the LORD says: " 'Cries of fear5 are heard-- terror, not peace.

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          6 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?7

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          7 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.

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          8 " '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.13

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          9 Instead, they will serve the LORD their God and David14 their king,15 whom I will raise up for them.

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          10 " '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.20

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          11 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.'24

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          12 "This is what the LORD says: " 'Your wound25 is incurable, your injury beyond healing.26

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          13 There is no one to plead your cause,27 no remedy for your sore, no healing28 for you.

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          14 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.

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          15 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.34

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          16 " '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.

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          17 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.'40

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          18 "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.

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          19 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.

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          20 Their children50 will be as in days of old, and their community will be established51 before me; I will punish52 all who oppress them.

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          21 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.

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          22 " 'So you will be my people,56 and I will be your God.57' "

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          23 See, the storm58 of the LORD will burst out in wrath, a driving wind swirling down on the heads of the wicked.

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          24 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.

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