Jeremiah 31

1 At that time, says the LORD, will I be the God of all the families of Yisra'el, and they shall be my people.
2 Thus says the LORD, The people who were left of the sword found favor in the wilderness; even Yisra'el, when I went to cause him to rest.
3 The LORD appeared of old to me, [saying], Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn you.
4 Again will I build you, and you shall be built, O virgin of Yisra'el: again shall you be adorned with your timbrels, and shall go forth in the dances of those who make merry.
5 Again shall you plant vineyards on the mountains of Shomron; the planters shall plant, and shall enjoy [the fruit of it].
6 For there shall be a day, that the watchmen on the hills of Efrayim shall cry, Arise you, and let us go up to Tziyon to the LORD our God.
7 For thus says the LORD, Sing with gladness for Ya`akov, and shout for the chief of the nations: publish you, praise you, and say, the LORD, save your people, the remnant of Yisra'el.
8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the uttermost parts of the eretz, [and] with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her who travails with child together: a great company shall they return here.
9 They shall come with weeping; and with petitions will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by rivers of waters, in a straight way in which they shall not stumble; for I am a father to Yisra'el, and Efrayim is my firstborn.
10 Hear the word of the LORD, you nations, and declare it in the isles afar off; and say, He who scattered Yisra'el will gather him, and keep him, as shepherd does his flock.
11 For the LORD has ransomed Ya`akov, and redeemed him from the hand of him who was stronger than he.
12 They shall come and sing in the height of Tziyon, and shall flow to the goodness of the LORD, to the grain, and to the new wine, and to the oil, and to the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.
13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old together; for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.
14 I will satiate the soul of the Kohanim with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, says the LORD.
15 Thus says the LORD: A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.
16 Thus says the LORD: Refrain your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for your work shall be rewarded, says the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.
17 There is hope for your latter end, says the LORD; and [your] children shall come again to their own border.
18 I have surely heard Efrayim bemoaning himself [thus], You have chastised me, and I was chastised, as a calf unaccustomed [to the yoke]: turn you me, and I shall be turned; for you are the LORD my God.
19 Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I struck on my thigh: I was ashamed, yes, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.
20 Is Efrayim my dear son? is he a darling child? for as often as I speak against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him, says the LORD.
21 Set up road signs, make guideposts; set your heart toward the highway, even the way by which you went: turn again, virgin of Yisra'el, turn again to these your cities.
22 How long will you go here and there, you backsliding daughter? for the LORD has created a new thing in the eretz: a woman shall encompass a man.
23 Thus says the LORD of Hosts, the God of Yisra'el, Yet again shall they use this speech in the land of Yehudah and in the cities of it, when I shall bring again their captivity: the LORD bless you, habitation of righteousness, mountain of holiness.
24 Yehudah and all the cities of it shall dwell therein together, the farmers, and those who go about with flocks.
25 For I have satiated the weary soul, and every sorrowful soul have I replenished.
26 On this I awakened, and saw; and my sleep was sweet to me.
27 Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that I will sow the house of Yisra'el and the house of Yehudah with the seed of man, and with the seed of animal.
28 It shall happen that, like as I have watched over them to pluck up and to break down and to overthrow and to destroy and to afflict, so will I watch over them to build and to plant, says the LORD.
29 In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge.
30 But everyone shall die for his own iniquity: every man who eats the sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.
31 Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Yisra'el, and with the house of Yehudah:
32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Mitzrayim; which my covenant they broke, although I was a husband to them, says the LORD.
33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Yisra'el after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law in their inward parts, and in their heart will I write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people:
34 and they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD; for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin will I remember no more.
35 Thus says the LORD, who gives the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, who stirs up the sea, so that the waves of it roar; the LORD of hosts is his name:
36 If these ordinances depart from before me, says the LORD, then the seed of Yisra'el also shall cease from being a nation before me forever.
37 Thus says the LORD: If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the eretz searched out beneath, then will I also cast off all the seed of Yisra'el for all that they have done, says the LORD.
38 Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that the city shall be built to the LORD from the tower of Hanan'el to the gate of the corner.
39 The measuring line shall go out further straight onward to the hill Garev, and shall turn about to Go`ah.
40 The whole valley of the dead bodies and of the ashes, and all the fields to the brook Kidron, to the corner of the horse gate toward the east, shall be holy to the LORD; it shall not be plucked up, nor thrown down any more forever.