Thus speaketh the LORDGod of Israel,saying , Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.3
For, lo, the dayscome , saith the LORD, that I will bring again the captivity of my peopleIsrael and Judah,saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.
And these are the words that the LORDspake concerning Israel and concerning Judah.5
For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear,a and not of peace.6Ask ye now, and see whether a manb doth travail with child ? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail , and all faces are turned into paleness?7Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob'strouble; but he shall be saved out of it.
For it shall come to pass in that day,saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:
But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.
Therefore fear thou not, O my servantJacob,saith the LORD; neither be dismayed , O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return , and shall be in rest , and be quiet , and none shall make him afraid .
For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogetherunpunished .
For thus saith the LORD, Thy bruise is incurable , and thy wound is grievous .