"At that time," declares the LORD, "I will be the 1God of all the 2families of Israel, and they shall be My people."
2Thussays the LORD, "The peoplewhosurvived the sword3Foundgrace in the wilderness - Israel, when it went to 4find its rest."
The LORDappeared to ahim from afar, saying, "I have 5loved you with an everlastinglove ; Therefore I have drawn you with 6lovingkindness.
"7Again I will build you and you will be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel ! Again you will btake up your 8tambourines, And goforth to the dances of the 9merrymakers.
5"Again you will 10plantvineyards On the chills of Samaria ; The planters will plant And will denjoy them.
"For there will be a day when watchmen On the hills of Ephraimcall out, 'Arise, and 11let us go up to Zion, To the LORD our God.' "
For thussays the LORD, "12Singaloud with gladness for Jacob, And shout among the e13chief of the nations ; Proclaim, givepraise and say, 'O LORD, 14save Your people, The 15remnant of Israel.'
8"Behold, I am 16bringing them from the northcountry, And I will 17gather them from the remoteparts of the earth, Among them the 18blind and the 19lame, The woman with child and she who is in labor with child, together ; A greatfcompany, they will returnhere.
"20With weeping they will come, And by supplication I will lead them; I will make them walk by 21streams of waters, On a straightpath in which they will 22not stumble ; For I am a 23father to Israel, And Ephraim is 24My firstborn."
10Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, And declare in the 25coastlandsafaroff, And say, "He who scatteredIsrael will 26gather him And keep him as a 27shepherd keeps his flock."
For the LORD has 28ransomedJacob And redeemed him from the hand of him who was 29strongerthan he.
"They will 30come and shout for joy on the 31height of Zion, And they will be 32radiantover the gbounty of the LORD - Over the 33grain and the newwine and the oil, And over the young of the 34flock and the herd ; And their life will be like a 35wateredgarden, And they will 36neverlanguishagain.
13"Then the virgin will rejoice in the 37dance, And the youngmen and the old, together, For I will 38turn their mourning into joy And will comfort them and give them 39joy for their sorrow.
"I will hfill the soul of the priests with iabundance, And My people will be 40satisfied with My goodness," declares the LORD.
15Thussays the LORD, "41A voice is heard in 42Ramah, Lamentation and bitterweeping. Rachel is weeping for her children ; She 43refuses to be comforted for her children, Because44they are nomore."
16Thussays the LORD, "45Restrain your voice from weeping And your eyes from tears ; For your 46work will be rewarded," declares the LORD, "And they will 47return from the land of the enemy.
17"There is 48hope for your future," declares the LORD, "And your children will return to their own territory.
"I have surelyheardEphraim49grieving, 'You have 50chastised me, and I was chastised, Like an untrained51calf ; 52Bring me back that I may be restored, For You are the LORD my God.
'For after I turnedback, I 53repented ; And after I was instructed, I 54smote on my thigh ; I was 55ashamed and alsohumiliatedBecause I bore the reproach of my youth.'
"Is 56Ephraim My dearson ? Is he a delightfulchild ? Indeed, as often as I have spoken against him, I certainly still remember him; Therefore My j57heartyearns for him; I will surely58havemercy on him," declares the LORD.
21"Set up for yourself roadmarks, Place for yourself guideposts ; 59Direct your kmind to the highway, The way by which you went. 60Return, O virgin of Israel, Return to these your cities.
22"Howlong will you gohere and there, O 61faithlessdaughter ? For the LORD has created a newthing in the earth - A woman will encompass a man."
23Thussays the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "Once again they will speakthisword in the land of Judah and in its cities when I 62restore their lfortunes, 'The LORDbless you, O 63abode of righteousness, O 64holyhill !'
24"Judah and all its cities will 65dwelltogether in it, the farmer and they who goabout with flocks.
"66For I satisfy the wearyones and mrefresheveryone who languishes."
At this I 67awoke and looked, and my 68sleep was pleasant to me.