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

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17 So there is hope for your descendants,” declares the LORD. “Your children will return to their own land.

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18 “I have surely heard Ephraim’s moaning: ‘You disciplined me like an unruly calf, and I have been disciplined. Restore me, and I will return, because you are the LORD my God.

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19 After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’

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20 Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him,” declares the LORD.

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21 “Set up road signs; put up guideposts. Take note of the highway, the road that you take. Return, Virgin Israel, return to your towns.

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22 How long will you wander, unfaithful Daughter Israel? The LORD will create a new thing on earth— the woman will return toa the man.”

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    • ˜ 31:22 - Or "will protect"
      23 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “When I bring them back from captivity,b the people in the land of Judah and in its towns will once again use these words: ‘The LORD bless you, you prosperous city, you sacred mountain.’

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

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          25 I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”

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

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