The wordwhichcame to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
2"Thussays the LORD, the God of Israel, '1Writeall the wordswhich I have spoken to you in a book.
'For behold, 2days are coming,' declares the LORD, 'when I will 3restore the afortunes of My people4Israel and Judah.' The LORDsays, 'I will also 5bring them back to the land that I gave to their forefathers and they shall possess it.' "
Now these are the wordswhich the LORDspokeconcerningIsrael and concerningJudah :
"For thussays the LORD, 'bI have heard a sound of 6terror, Of dread, and there is nopeace.
6'Asknow, and seeIf a male can givebirth. Why do I seeeveryman With his hands on his loins, 7as a woman in childbirth ? And why have allfacesturnedpale ?
7'Alas ! for that 8day is great, There is 9nonelike it; And it is the time of Jacob's10distress, But he will be 11saved from it.
'It shall come about on that day,' declares the LORD of hosts, 'that I will 12break his yoke from offctheir neck and will tearoffdtheir 13bonds ; and strangers will nolonger14makeethem their slaves.
'But they shall serve the LORD their God and 15David their king, whom I will raise up for them.
'16Fear not, O Jacob My servant,' declares the LORD, 'And do not be dismayed, O Israel ; For behold, I will save you 17from afar And your foffspring from the land of their captivity. And Jacob will return and will be 18quiet and at ease, And 19noone will make him afraid.
'For 20I am with you,' declares the LORD, 'to save you; For I will 21destroycompletelyall the nationswhere I have scattered you, Only I will 22not destroy you completely. But I will 23chasten you justly And will by nomeansleave you unpunished.'
"For thussays the LORD, 'Your wound is incurable And your 24injury is serious.
13'There is noone to plead your cause ; No healing for your sore, 25Norecovery for you.
14'All your 26lovers have forgotten you, They do not seek you; For I have 27wounded you with the wound of an enemy, With the 28punishment of a 29cruelone, Because your 30iniquity is great And your 31sins are numerous.
15'Why do you cry out over your injury ? Your pain is incurable. Because your iniquity is great And your sins are numerous, I have donethesethings to you.
16'Thereforeall who 32devour you will be devoured ; And all your adversaries, everyone of them, 33will go into captivity ; And those who plunder you will be for plunder, And all who prey upon you I will give for prey.
'For I will grestore you to h34health And I will heal you of your wounds,' declares the LORD, 'Because they have called you an 35outcast, saying: "It is Zion ; nooneicares for her."'