See, I will bring them from the land of the north20 and gather21 them from the ends of the earth. Among them will be the blind22 and the lame,23 expectant mothers and women in labor; a great throng will return.
They will come with weeping;24 they will pray as I bring them back. I will lead25 them beside streams of water26 on a level27 path where they will not stumble, because I am Israel's father,28 and Ephraim is my firstborn son.
They will come and shout for joy35 on the heights36 of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty37 of the LORD-- the grain, the new wine and the olive oil,38 the young of the flocks39 and herds. They will be like a well-watered garden,40 and they will sorrow41 no more.
Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child63 in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember64 him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion65 for him," declares the LORD.
This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "When I bring them back from captivity,c74 the people in the land of Judah and in its towns will once again use these words: 'The LORD bless75 you, you prosperous city,76 you sacred mountain.'77
It will not be like the covenant93 I made with their ancestors94 when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt,95 because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband96 tod them,e " declares the LORD.
"This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time," declares the LORD. "I will put my law in their minds97 and write it on their hearts.98 I will be their God, and they will be my people.99
No longer will they teach100 their neighbors, or say to one another, 'Know the LORD,' because they will all know101 me, from the least of them to the greatest," declares the LORD. "For I will forgive102 their wickedness and will remember their sins103 no more."
This is what the LORD says, he who appoints104 the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night,105 who stirs up the sea106 so that its waves roar107-- the LORD Almighty is his name:108
This is what the LORD says: "Only if the heavens above can be measured111 and the foundations of the earth below be searched out will I reject112 all the descendants of Israel because of all they have done," declares the LORD.
The whole valley117 where dead bodies118 and ashes are thrown, and all the terraces out to the Kidron Valley119 on the east as far as the corner of the Horse Gate,120 will be holy121 to the LORD. The city will never again be uprooted or demolished."