Jeremiah 31:20-30 NIV

20 Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child1 in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember2 him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion3 for him," declares the LORD.

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21 "Set up road signs; put up guideposts.4 Take note of the highway,5 the road that you take. Return,6 O Virgin7 Israel, return to your towns.

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22 How long will you wander,8 O unfaithful9 daughter? The LORD will create a new thing10 on earth-- a woman will surrounda11 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,b12 the people in the land of Judah and in its towns will once again use these words: 'The LORD bless13 you, O righteous dwelling,14 O sacred mountain.'15

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        • c 31:23 - Or "I restore their fortunes"
          24 People will live16 together in Judah and all its towns--farmers and those who move about with their flocks.17

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          25 I will refresh the weary18 and satisfy the faint."19

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          26 At this I awoke20 and looked around. My sleep had been pleasant to me.

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          27 "The days are coming,"21 declares the LORD, "when I will plant22 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 watched23 over them to uproot24 and tear down, and to overthrow, destroy and bring disaster,25 so I will watch over them to build and to plant,"26 declares the LORD.

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          29 "In those days people will no longer say, 'The fathers27 have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge.'28

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          30 Instead, everyone will die for his own sin;29 whoever eats sour grapes--his own teeth will be set on edge.

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