1Moreover the word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah the second time,
while he was yet shut up in the court of the guard, saying,
Yahweh who does it, Yahweh who forms it to establish it; Yahweh is his name:
3Call to me, and I will answer you, and will show you great things, and
difficult, which you don’t know.
4For thus says Yahweh, the God of
Israel, concerning the houses of this city, and concerning the houses of the
kings of Judah, which are broken down to make a defense against the
mounds and against the sword;
5while men come to fight with the
Chaldeans, and to fill them with the dead bodies of men, whom I have killed
in my anger and in my wrath, and for all whose wickedness I have hid my face
from this city:
6Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure
them; and I will reveal to them abundance of peace and truth.
cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and will
build them, as at the first.
8I will cleanse them from all their
iniquity, by which they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their
iniquities, by which they have sinned against me, and by which they have
transgressed against me.
9This city shall be to me for a name of
joy, for a praise and for a glory, before all the nations of the earth, which
shall hear all the good that I do to them, and shall fear and tremble for all
the good and for all the peace that I procure to it.
10Thus says Yahweh:
Yet again there shall be heard in this place, about which you say, It is
waste, without man and without animal, even in the cities of Judah, and in
the streets of Jerusalem, that are desolate, without man and without
inhabitant and without animal,
11the voice of joy and the voice of
gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice
of those who say, Give thanks to Yahweh of Armies, for Yahweh is good, for his
loving kindness endures forever; and of them who bring sacrifices
of thanksgiving into the house of Yahweh. For I will cause the captivity
of the land to return as at the first, says Yahweh.
12Thus says Yahweh of
Armies: Yet again shall there be in this place, which is waste, without man
and without animal, and in all the cities of it, a habitation of shepherds
causing their flocks to lie down.
13In the cities of the hill country, in
the cities of the lowland, and in the cities of the South, and in the land of
Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah,
shall the flocks again pass under the hands of him who numbers them, says
14Behold, the days come, says Yahweh, that I will perform that
good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and concerning
the house of Judah.
15In those days, and at that time, will I cause a
Branch of righteousness to grow up to David; and he shall execute justice and
righteousness in the land.
16In those days shall Judah be saved, and
Jerusalem shall dwell safely; and this is the name by which she shall
be called: Yahweh our righteousness.
17For thus says Yahweh: David shall
never want a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel;
shall the priests the Levites want a man before me to offer burnt offerings,
and to burn meal offerings, and to do sacrifice continually.
of Yahweh came to Jeremiah, saying,
20Thus says Yahweh: If you can
break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, so that there
shall not be day and night in their season;
21then may also my covenant
be broken with David my servant, that he shall not have a son to reign on his
throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers.
22As the army of
the sky can’t be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured; so will I
multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites who minister to me.
23The word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah, saying,
24Don’t you consider
what this people has spoken, saying, The two families which Yahweh did
choose, he has cast them off? thus do they despise my people, that they
should be no more a nation before them.
25Thus says Yahweh: If my
covenant of day and night fails, if I have not appointed the ordinances of
heaven and earth;
26then will I also cast away the seed of Jacob, and of
David my servant, so that I will not take of his seed to be rulers over the
seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to
return, and will have mercy on them.