Jeremiah 3:14-24 NIV

14 "Return,1 faithless people," declares the LORD, "for I am your husband.2 I will choose you--one from a town and two from a clan--and bring you to Zion.

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15 Then I will give you shepherds3 after my own heart,4 who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.

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16 In those days, when your numbers have increased greatly in the land," declares the LORD, "men will no longer say, 'The ark5 of the covenant of the LORD.' It will never enter their minds or be remembered;6 it will not be missed, nor will another one be made.

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17 At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne7 of the LORD, and all nations8 will gather in Jerusalem to honor9 the name of the LORD. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts.10

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18 In those days the house of Judah will join the house of Israel,11 and together12 they will come from a northern13 land to the land14 I gave your forefathers as an inheritance.

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19 "I myself said, " 'How gladly would I treat you like sons and give you a desirable land,15 the most beautiful inheritance16 of any nation.' I thought you would call me 'Father'17 and not turn away from following me.

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20 But like a woman unfaithful to her husband, so you have been unfaithful18 to me, O house of Israel," declares the LORD.

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21 A cry is heard on the barren heights,19 the weeping20 and pleading of the people of Israel, because they have perverted their ways and have forgotten21 the LORD their God.

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22 "Return,22 faithless people; I will cure23 you of backsliding."24 "Yes, we will come to you, for you are the LORD our God.

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23 Surely the [idolatrous] commotion on the hills25 and mountains is a deception; surely in the LORD our God is the salvation26 of Israel.

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24 From our youth shameful27 gods have consumed the fruits of our fathers' labor-- their flocks and herds, their sons and daughters.

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