Jeremiah 31:16-26 NIV

16 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.

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17 So there is hope4 for your future," declares the LORD. "Your children5 will return to their own land.

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18 "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.

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19 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.'12

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20 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.

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21 "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.

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22 How long will you wander,20 O unfaithful21 daughter? The LORD will create a new thing22 on earth-- a woman will surrounda23 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,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.'27

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        • c 31:23 - Or "I restore their fortunes"
          24 People will live28 together in Judah and all its towns--farmers and those who move about with their flocks.29

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          25 I will refresh the weary30 and satisfy the faint."31

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          26 At this I awoke32 and looked around. My sleep had been pleasant to me.

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