Jeremiah 31:9-19 NIV

9 They will come with weeping;1 they will pray as I bring them back. I will lead2 them beside streams of water3 on a level4 path where they will not stumble, because I am Israel's father,5 and Ephraim is my firstborn son.

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10 "Hear the word of the LORD, O nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands:6 'He who scattered7 Israel will gather8 them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.'9

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11 For the LORD will ransom Jacob and redeem10 them from the hand of those stronger11 than they.

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12 They will come and shout for joy12 on the heights13 of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty14 of the LORD-- the grain, the new wine and the oil,15 the young of the flocks16 and herds. They will be like a well-watered garden,17 and they will sorrow18 no more.

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13 Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning19 into gladness; I will give them comfort20 and joy21 instead of sorrow.

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14 I will satisfy22 the priests23 with abundance, and my people will be filled with my bounty,24" declares the LORD.

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15 This is what the LORD says: "A voice is heard in Ramah,25 mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted,26 because her children are no more."27

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16 This is what the LORD says: "Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears,28 for your work will be rewarded,29" declares the LORD. "They will return30 from the land of the enemy.

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17 So there is hope31 for your future," declares the LORD. "Your children32 will return to their own land.

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18 "I have surely heard Ephraim's moaning: 'You disciplined33 me like an unruly calf,34 and I have been disciplined. Restore35 me, and I will return, because you are the LORD my God.

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19 After I strayed,36 I repented; after I came to understand, I beat37 my breast. I was ashamed38 and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.'39

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