1The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying,
speaks Yahweh, the God of Israel, saying, Write you all the words that I have
spoken to you in a book.
3For, behold, the days come, says Yahweh, that I
will turn again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, says Yahweh; and
I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and
they shall possess it.
4These are the words that Yahweh spoke concerning
Israel and concerning Judah.
5For thus says Yahweh: We have heard a voice
of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.
6Ask now, and see whether a
man does travail with child: why do I see every man with his hands on his
waist, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?
7Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the
time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.
8It shall come
to pass in that day, says Yahweh of Armies, that I will break his yoke from
off your neck, and will burst your bonds; and strangers shall no more make
him their bondservant;
9but they shall serve Yahweh their God, and David
their king, whom I will raise up to them.
10Therefore don’t you be
afraid, O Jacob my servant, says Yahweh; neither be dismayed, Israel: for,
behold, I will save you from afar, and your seed from the land of their
captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be quiet and at ease, and none
shall make him afraid.
11For I am with you, says Yahweh, to save you: for
I will make a full end of all the nations where I have scattered you, but I
will not make a full end of you; but I will correct you in measure, and will
in no way leave you unpunished.
12For thus says Yahweh, Your hurt is
incurable, and your wound grievous.
13There is none to plead your cause,
that you may be bound up: you have no healing medicines.
lovers have forgotten you; they don’t seek you: for I have wounded you with
the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the
greatness of your iniquity, because your sins were increased.
you for your hurt? your pain is incurable: for the greatness of your
iniquity, because your sins were increased, I have done these things to you.
16Therefore all those who devour you shall be devoured; and all your
adversaries, everyone of them, shall go into captivity; and those who despoil
you shall be a spoil, and all who prey on you will I give for a prey.
17For I will restore health to you, and I will heal you of your wounds,
says Yahweh; because they have called you an outcast, saying, It is
Zion, whom no man seeks after.
18Thus says Yahweh: Behold, I will turn
again the captivity of Jacob’s tents, and have compassion on his
dwelling places; and the city shall be built on its own hill, and the palace
shall be inhabited after its own manner.
19Out of them shall proceed
thanksgiving and the voice of those who make merry: and I will multiply them,
and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be
20Their children also shall be as before, and their congregation
shall be established before me; and I will punish all who oppress them.
21Their prince shall be of themselves, and their ruler shall proceed from
the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach
to me: for who is he who has had boldness to approach to me? says Yahweh.
22You shall be my people, and I will be your God.
tempest of Yahweh, even his wrath, is gone forth, a sweeping tempest:
it shall burst on the head of the wicked.
24The fierce anger of Yahweh
shall not return, until he has executed, and until he have performed the
intents of his heart: in the latter days you shall understand it.