This is what the LORD says: "Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears,1 for your work will be rewarded,2" declares the LORD. "They will return3 from the land of the enemy.
So there is hope4 for your future," declares the LORD. "Your children5 will return to their own land.
"I have surely heard Ephraim's moaning: 'You disciplined6 me like an unruly calf,7 and I have been disciplined. Restore8 me, and I will return, because you are the LORD my God.
After I strayed,9 I repented; after I came to understand, I beat10 my breast. I was ashamed11 and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.'1220
Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child13 in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember14 him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion15 for him," declares the LORD.
"Set up road signs; put up guideposts.16 Take note of the highway,17 the road that you take. Return,18 O Virgin19 Israel, return to your towns.
How long will you wander,20 O unfaithful21 daughter? The LORD will create a new thing22 on earth-- a woman will surrounda23 a man."
This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "When I bring them back from captivity,b24 the people in the land of Judah and in its towns will once again use these words: 'The LORD bless25 you, O righteous dwelling,26 O sacred mountain.'2724
People will live28 together in Judah and all its towns--farmers and those who move about with their flocks.2925
I will refresh the weary30 and satisfy the faint."3126
At this I awoke32 and looked around. My sleep had been pleasant to me.