After I strayed,1 I repented; after I came to understand, I beat2 my breast. I was ashamed3 and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.'420
Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child5 in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember6 him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion7 for him," declares the LORD.
"Set up road signs; put up guideposts.8 Take note of the highway,9 the road that you take. Return,10 O Virgin11 Israel, return to your towns.
How long will you wander,12 O unfaithful13 daughter? The LORD will create a new thing14 on earth-- a woman will surrounda15 a man."
This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "When I bring them back from captivity,b16 the people in the land of Judah and in its towns will once again use these words: 'The LORD bless17 you, O righteous dwelling,18 O sacred mountain.'1924
People will live20 together in Judah and all its towns--farmers and those who move about with their flocks.2125
I will refresh the weary22 and satisfy the faint."2326
At this I awoke24 and looked around. My sleep had been pleasant to me.
"The days are coming,"25 declares the LORD, "when I will plant26 the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the offspring of men and of animals.
Just as I watched27 over them to uproot28 and tear down, and to overthrow, destroy and bring disaster,29 so I will watch over them to build and to plant,"30 declares the LORD.
"In those days people will no longer say, 'The fathers31 have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge.'32