Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child1 in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember2 him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion3 for him," declares the LORD.
"Set up road signs; put up guideposts.4 Take note of the highway,5 the road that you take. Return,6 O Virgin7 Israel, return to your towns.
How long will you wander,8 O unfaithful9 daughter? The LORD will create a new thing10 on earth-- a woman will surrounda11 a man."
This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "When I bring them back from captivity,b12 the people in the land of Judah and in its towns will once again use these words: 'The LORD bless13 you, O righteous dwelling,14 O sacred mountain.'1524
People will live16 together in Judah and all its towns--farmers and those who move about with their flocks.1725
I will refresh the weary18 and satisfy the faint."1926
At this I awoke20 and looked around. My sleep had been pleasant to me.
"The days are coming,"21 declares the LORD, "when I will plant22 the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the offspring of men and of animals.
Just as I watched23 over them to uproot24 and tear down, and to overthrow, destroy and bring disaster,25 so I will watch over them to build and to plant,"26 declares the LORD.
"In those days people will no longer say, 'The fathers27 have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge.'2830
Instead, everyone will die for his own sin;29 whoever eats sour grapes--his own teeth will be set on edge.