"This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Write down for the record everything I have said to you, Jeremiah.
For the time is coming when I will restore the fortunes of my people of Israel and Judah. I will bring them home to this land that I gave to their ancestors, and they will possess it and live here again. I, the LORD, have spoken!"
This is the message the LORD gave concerning Israel and Judah:
"This is what the LORD says: I have heard the people crying; there is only fear and trembling.
Now let me ask you a question: Do men give birth to babies? Then why do they stand there, ashen-faced, hands pressed against their sides like women about to give birth?
In all history there has never been such a time of terror. It will be a time of trouble for my people Israel. a Yet in the end, they will be saved!
"For in that day, says the LORD Almighty, I will break the yoke from their necks and snap their chains. Foreigners will no longer be their masters.
For my people will serve the LORD their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.
"So do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel, says the LORD. For I will bring you home again from distant lands, and your children will return from their exile. Israel will return and will have peace and quiet in their own land, and no one will make them afraid.
For I am with you and will save you, says the LORD. I will completely destroy the nations where I have scattered you, but I will not destroy you. But I must discipline you; I cannot let you go unpunished.
"This is what the LORD says: Yours is an incurable bruise, a terrible wound.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)