Behold, I will agather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bbring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely:
And they shall be my people, and I will be their God:
And I will give them one aheart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the bgood of them, and of their children after them:
And I will make an aeverlastingbcovenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.
Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul.
For thus saith the Lord; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them.
For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?
Did ever people ahear the bvoice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?
Or hath God aassayed to go and take him a bnation from the midst of another nation, by ctemptations, by signs, and by dwonders, and by war, and by a emighty hand, and by a fstretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the Lord he isaGod; there isbnone else beside him.
Ye are our aepistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, awritten not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in btables of stone, but in cfleshy tables of the dheart.
Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that aexecuteth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.
And though they say, The Lord liveth; surely they aswear falsely.
O Lord, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to areturn.
Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they aknow not the way of the Lord, nor the judgment of their God.
I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the Lord, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the ayoke, and burst the bonds.
Hear now this, O afoolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and bsee not; which have ears, and chear not:
Fear ye not me? saith the Lord: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?
But this people hath a revolting and a arebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.
Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the Lord our God, that giveth rain, both athe former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.
¶ Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.
To whom shall I speak, and give awarning, that they may hear? behold, their ear isbuncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the Lord is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.
Therefore I am full of the fury of the Lord; I am weary with holding in: I will pour it out upon the children abroad, and upon the assembly of young men together: for even the husband with the wife shall be taken, the aged with him that is full of days.
And their houses shall be turned unto others, with their fields and wives together: for I will stretch out my hand upon the inhabitants of the land, saith the Lord.
For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to acovetousness; and from the prophet even unto the bpriest every one dealeth falsely.
They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, aPeace, peace; when there is no peace.
Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I avisit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord.
Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old apaths, where is the good way, and bwalk therein, and ye shall find crest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
Also I set awatchmen over you, saying,bHearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.
I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle.
Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the aturtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people bknow not the judgment of the Lord.
How do ye say, We areawise, and the law of the Lordis with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain.
The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have arejected the word of the Lord; and what wisdom is in them?
Therefore will I give their wives unto others, and their fields to them that shall inherit them: for every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
Were they aashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be bcast down, saith the Lord.
The aharvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.
For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the Lord; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not ahear.
Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do agood, that are accustomed to do evil.
From the thirteenth ayear of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, even unto this day, that is the three and twentieth year, the word of the Lord hath come unto me, and I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye have not hearkened.
And the Lord hath sent unto you all his servants the aprophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear.
Thus saith the Lord; Stand in the court of the Lord’s house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the Lord’s house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; adiminish not a word:
If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may arepent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings.
And thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord; If ye will not ahearken to me, to bwalk in my claw, which I have set before you,
To hearken to the words of my servants the aprophets, whom I sent unto you, both rising up early, and sending them, but ye have not hearkened;
The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,
Hear ye the words of this covenant, and speak unto the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem;
And say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel; aCursedbe the man that bobeyeth not the words of this ccovenant,
Which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, aObey my voice, and do them, according to all which bI command you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God:
That I may perform the aoath which I have sworn unto your fathers, to give them a blandcflowing with milk and honey, as it is this day. Then answered I, and said, So be it, O Lord.
Then the Lord said unto me, Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, Hear ye the words of this covenant, and do them.
For I earnestly aprotested unto your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even unto this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice.
Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart: therefore I awill bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do; but they did them not.
And the Lord said unto me, A aconspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
They are aturned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to bserve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers.
¶ Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring aevil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall bcry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.
Then shall the cities of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem go, and cry unto the gods unto whom they offer incense: but they shall not save them at all in the time of their trouble.
For he shall be like the aheath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a bsalt land and not inhabited.
Blessed is the man that atrusteth in the Lord, and whose bhope the Lord is.
For he shall be as a atree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not bsee when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of cdrought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
And it came to pass the same year, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year, and in the fifth month, that Hananiah the son of Azur the prophet, which was of Gibeon, spake unto me in the house of the Lord, in the presence of the priests and of all the people, saying,
Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon.
Within two full years will I bring again into this place all the vessels of the Lord’s house, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place, and carried them to Babylon:
And I will bring again to this place Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, with all the captives of Judah, that went into Babylon, saith the Lord: for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.