Jeremiah 31:19-29 NIV

19 After I strayed,1 I repented; after I came to understand, I beat2 my breast. I was ashamed3 and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.'4

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20 Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child5 in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember6 him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion7 for him," declares the LORD.

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21 "Set up road signs; put up guideposts.8 Take note of the highway,9 the road that you take. Return,10 O Virgin11 Israel, return to your towns.

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22 How long will you wander,12 O unfaithful13 daughter? The LORD will create a new thing14 on earth-- a woman will surrounda15 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,b16 the people in the land of Judah and in its towns will once again use these words: 'The LORD bless17 you, O righteous dwelling,18 O sacred mountain.'19

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        • c 31:23 - Or "I restore their fortunes"
          24 People will live20 together in Judah and all its towns--farmers and those who move about with their flocks.21

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          25 I will refresh the weary22 and satisfy the faint."23

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          26 At this I awoke24 and looked around. My sleep had been pleasant to me.

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          27 "The days are coming,"25 declares the LORD, "when I will plant26 the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the offspring of men and of animals.

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          28 Just as I watched27 over them to uproot28 and tear down, and to overthrow, destroy and bring disaster,29 so I will watch over them to build and to plant,"30 declares the LORD.

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          29 "In those days people will no longer say, 'The fathers31 have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge.'32

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