Jeremiah 31:13-23 NIV

13 Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning1 into gladness; I will give them comfort2 and joy3 instead of sorrow.

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14 I will satisfy4 the priests5 with abundance, and my people will be filled with my bounty,6" declares the LORD.

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15 This is what the LORD says: "A voice is heard in Ramah,7 mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted,8 because her children are no more."9

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16 This is what the LORD says: "Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears,10 for your work will be rewarded,11" declares the LORD. "They will return12 from the land of the enemy.

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17 So there is hope13 for your future," declares the LORD. "Your children14 will return to their own land.

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18 "I have surely heard Ephraim's moaning: 'You disciplined15 me like an unruly calf,16 and I have been disciplined. Restore17 me, and I will return, because you are the LORD my God.

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19 After I strayed,18 I repented; after I came to understand, I beat19 my breast. I was ashamed20 and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.'21

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20 Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child22 in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember23 him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion24 for him," declares the LORD.

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21 "Set up road signs; put up guideposts.25 Take note of the highway,26 the road that you take. Return,27 O Virgin28 Israel, return to your towns.

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22 How long will you wander,29 O unfaithful30 daughter? The LORD will create a new thing31 on earth-- a woman will surrounda32 a man."

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    • b 31:22 - Or "will go about [seeking]" ; or "will protect"
      23 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "When I bring them back from captivity,b33 the people in the land of Judah and in its towns will once again use these words: 'The LORD bless34 you, O righteous dwelling,35 O sacred mountain.'36

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        • c 31:23 - Or "I restore their fortunes"