This is what the LORD says: "A voice is heard in Ramah,1 mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted,2 because her children are no more."316
This is what the LORD says: "Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears,4 for your work will be rewarded,5" declares the LORD. "They will return6 from the land of the enemy.
So there is hope7 for your future," declares the LORD. "Your children8 will return to their own land.
"I have surely heard Ephraim's moaning: 'You disciplined9 me like an unruly calf,10 and I have been disciplined. Restore11 me, and I will return, because you are the LORD my God.
After I strayed,12 I repented; after I came to understand, I beat13 my breast. I was ashamed14 and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.'1520
Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child16 in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember17 him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion18 for him," declares the LORD.
"Set up road signs; put up guideposts.19 Take note of the highway,20 the road that you take. Return,21 O Virgin22 Israel, return to your towns.
How long will you wander,23 O unfaithful24 daughter? The LORD will create a new thing25 on earth-- a woman will surrounda26 a man."
This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "When I bring them back from captivity,b27 the people in the land of Judah and in its towns will once again use these words: 'The LORD bless28 you, O righteous dwelling,29 O sacred mountain.'3024
People will live31 together in Judah and all its towns--farmers and those who move about with their flocks.3225
I will refresh the weary33 and satisfy the faint."34