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?7