Jeremiah 31:10-20 NIV

10 "Hear the word of the LORD, O nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands:1 'He who scattered2 Israel will gather3 them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.'4

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11 For the LORD will ransom Jacob and redeem5 them from the hand of those stronger6 than they.

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12 They will come and shout for joy7 on the heights8 of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty9 of the LORD-- the grain, the new wine and the oil,10 the young of the flocks11 and herds. They will be like a well-watered garden,12 and they will sorrow13 no more.

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13 Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning14 into gladness; I will give them comfort15 and joy16 instead of sorrow.

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14 I will satisfy17 the priests18 with abundance, and my people will be filled with my bounty,19" declares the LORD.

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15 This is what the LORD says: "A voice is heard in Ramah,20 mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted,21 because her children are no more."22

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16 This is what the LORD says: "Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears,23 for your work will be rewarded,24" declares the LORD. "They will return25 from the land of the enemy.

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17 So there is hope26 for your future," declares the LORD. "Your children27 will return to their own land.

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18 "I have surely heard Ephraim's moaning: 'You disciplined28 me like an unruly calf,29 and I have been disciplined. Restore30 me, and I will return, because you are the LORD my God.

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19 After I strayed,31 I repented; after I came to understand, I beat32 my breast. I was ashamed33 and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.'34

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20 Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child35 in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember36 him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion37 for him," declares the LORD.

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