The restoration of Israel.
Jeremiah 31:1 At the same time, saith the LORD, wil I be the God of all the families of Israel, & they shalbe my people. Jeremiah 31:2 Thus saith the LORD; The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wildernesse, euen Israel, when I went to cause him to rest. Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old vnto mee, [saying]; Yea I haue loued thee with an euerlasting loue: therefore with louing kindnesse haue I drawen thee. Jeremiah 31:4 Againe I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgine of Israel, thou shalt againe be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt goe forth in the daunces of them that make merry. Jeremiah 31:5 Thou shalt yet plant vines vpon the mountaines of Samaria, the planters shall plant, and shall eate [them] as common things. Jeremiah 31:6 For there shall be a day, that the watchmen vpon the mount Ephraim shall cry; Arise yee, and let vs goe vp to Zion vnto the LORD our God. Jeremiah 31:7 For thus saith the LORD, Sing with gladnesse for Iacob, and shout among the chiefe of the nations: publish yee, praise yee, and say; O LORD saue thy people the remnant of Israel. Jeremiah 31:8 Behold, I will bring them from the North countrey, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, [and] with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child, and her that trauelleth with child together, a great company shall returne thither. Jeremiah 31:9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I leade them: I will cause them to walke by the riuers of waters, in a straight way wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my first borne.
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Jeremiah 31:10 Heare the word of the LORD, O yee nations, and declare [it] in the iles afarre off, and say; Hee that scattered Israel will gather him, and keepe him as a shepheard [doth] his flocke. Jeremiah 31:11 For the LORD hath redeemed Iacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger then hee. Jeremiah 31:12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodnesse of the LORD, for wheate, and for wine, and for oyle, and for the young of the flocke and of the herd: and their soule shall be as a watered garden, and they shall not sorrow any more at all. Jeremiah 31:13 Then shall the virgine reioyce in the daunce, both yoong men and old together: for I will turne their mourning into ioy, and will comfort them, and make them reioyce from their sorrow. Jeremiah 31:14 And I will satiate the soule of the priests with fatnesse, and my people shall be satisfied with goodnesse, saith the LORD.
Rahel mourning is comforted.
Jeremiah 31:15 Thus saith the LORD; A voyce was heard in Ramah, lamentation [and] bitter weeping: Rahel weeping for her children, refused to be comforted for her children, because they [were] not. Jeremiah 31:16 Thus saith the LORD; Refraine thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from teares: for thy worke shall be rewarded, saith the LORD, and they shall come againe from the land of the enemie. Jeremiah 31:17 And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that [thy] children shall come againe to their owne border.
Ephraim repenting is brought home again.
Jeremiah 31:18 I haue surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himselfe [thus], Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullocke vnaccustomed [to the yoke]: turne thou me, and I shall be turned; thou [art] the LORD my God. Jeremiah 31:19 Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote vpon [my] thigh: I was ashamed, yea euen confounded, because I did beare the reproch of my youth. Jeremiah 31:20 [Is] Ephraim my deare sonne? [is] he a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I doe earnestly remember him still: therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely haue mercy vpon him, saith the LORD. Jeremiah 31:21 Set thee vp way-markes; make thee high heaps: set thine heart toward the high way, [euen] the way [which] thou wentest: turne againe, O virgine of Israel, turne againe to these thy cities.
Christ is promised.
Jeremiah 31:22 How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the LORD hath created a new thing in the earth: A woman shall compasse a man. Jeremiah 31:23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts the God of Israel, As yet they shall vse this speech in the land of Iudah, and in the cities thereof, when I shall bring againe their captiuitie, The LORD blesse thee, O habitation of iustice, and mountaine of holinesse. Jeremiah 31:24 And there shall dwell in Iudah it selfe, and in all the cities thereof together, husbandmen, and they [that] goe forth with flocks. Jeremiah 31:25 For I haue satiated the wearie soule, and I haue replenished euery sorowfull soule. Jeremiah 31:26 Upon this I awaked and beheld, and my sleepe was sweete vnto me.
His care over the Church.
Jeremiah 31:27 Behold, the dayes come, saith the LORD, that I will sow the house of Israel, and the house of Iudah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast. Jeremiah 31:28 And it shall come to passe, [that] like as I haue watched ouer them, to plucke vp and to breake downe, and to throw downe, and to destroy, and to afflict: so will I watch ouer them, to build and to plant, saith the LORD. Jeremiah 31:29 In those dayes they shall say no more, The fathers haue eaten a sowre grape, and the childrens teeth are set on edge. Jeremiah 31:30 But euery one shall die for his owne iniquitie, euery man that eateth the sowre grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.
His New Covenant.
Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the dayes come, saith the LORD, that I will make a newe couenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Iudah. Jeremiah 31:32 Not according to the couenant that I made with their fathers in the day [that] I tooke them by the hand, to bring them out of the land of Egypt, which my couenant they brake, although I was an husband vnto them, saith the LORD. Jeremiah 31:33 But this [shall be] the couenant, that I will make with the house of Israel, After those dayes, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts, and wil be their God, and they shall be my people. Jeremiah 31:34 And they shall teach no more euery man his neighbour, and euery man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know mee, from the least of them vnto the greatest of them, saith the LORD; for I will forgiue their iniquitie, and I will remember their sinne no more.
Jeremiah 31:35 Thus saith the LORD which giueth the Sunne for a light by day, [and] the ordinances of the moone and of the starres for a light by night, which diuideth the sea when the waues thereof roare, the LORD of hosts [is] his name. Jeremiah 31:36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for euer. Jeremiah 31:37 Thus saith the LORD, If heauen aboue can bee measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they haue done, saith the LORD.
and amplitude of the Church.
Jeremiah 31:38 Behold, the dayes come, saith the LORD, that the citie shall be built to the LORD from the tower of Hananeel vnto the gate of the corner. Jeremiah 31:39 And the measuring line shall yet goe forth ouer against it, vpon the hill Gareb, and shall compasse about to Goath. Jeremiah 31:40 And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields vnto the brooke of Kidron, vnto the corner of the horse gate towards the East, [shalbe] holy vnto the LORD, it shall not be plucked vp, nor throwen downe any more for euer.