The restoration of Israel.
Jeremiah 31:1 At the same tyme (sayeth the Lorde) shall I be the God of all the generacions of Israel, and they shalbe my people. Jeremiah 31:2 Thus saieth the Lorde: The people of Israel which escaped in the wyldernes from the swearde, founde grace to come into their rest. Jeremiah 31:3 Euen so shall the Lorde nowe also apeare vnto me from farre, & saye: I loue the with an euerlasting loue, therfore do I sprede my mercye before the. Jeremiah 31:4 I will repayre the agayne (O thou doughter of Israel) that thou mayest be faste and sure. Thou shalt take thy tabrettes againe, and go forth with them, that lede the daunce. Jeremiah 31:5 Thou shalte plante vynes agayne vpon the hylles of Samaria, and the grape gatherers shall plante, and synge. Jeremiah 31:6 And when it is tyme, the watche men vpon the mounte of Ephraim shall crye: Aryse, let vs go vp vnto Syon to oure Lorde God, Jeremiah 31:7 for thus sayeth the Lorde: Reioyce wyth gladnes because of Iacob, crye vnto the heade of the Gentyles: speake oute, synge, and saye: The Lorde shall delyuer hys people, the remnaunte of Israell, and make them whole Jeremiah 31:8 Beholde, I wyll brynge them agayne from oute of the north lande, and gather them from the endes of the worlde, wyth the blynde and lame that are amonge them, wyth the wemen that be greate wyth chylde, and suche as be also delyuered: and the companye of them that come agayne, shall be greate. Jeremiah 31:9 They departed from hence in heuynes, but wyth ioye wyll I brynge them hyther agayne. I wyl lede them by the ryuers of water in a straighte waye, where they shall not stomble: For I wyll be Israels father, and Ephraim shalbe my fyrstborne.
The publication therof.
Jeremiah 31:10 Heare the worde of the Lorde, O ye Gentyles, preache in the Iles that lye farre of, & saye: he that hath scatred Israell, shall gather hym together agayne, and shall kepe hym as a shepeherde doth hys flocke. Jeremiah 31:11 For the Lorde shall redeme Iacob, and ryde hym from the hand of the vyolente. Jeremiah 31:12 And they shal come, & reioyce vpon the hyll of Syon, and shall haue plenteousnes of goodes, whiche the Lorde shall geue them: Namely, wheate, wyne, oyle yonge shepe & calues. And theyr concyence shalbe as well watred garden, for they shal no more be hongrye. Jeremiah 31:13 Then shall the mayde reioyce in the daunce yea both yonge and olde folkes. For I wyll turne theyr sorowe into gladnesse, and wyll comforte them, and make them ioyfull, euen from theyr hertes. Jeremiah 31:14 I wyll poure plenteousnes vpon the hertes of the Priestes, and my people shalbe satisfyed with good thinges, saith the Lorde.
Rahel mourning is comforted.
Jeremiah 31:15 Thus sayth the Lorde: The voyce of heuynes, wepinge and lamentacyon came vp into heauen: euen of Rachell mournynge for her chyldren, and wolde not be comforted, because they were awaye. Jeremiah 31:16 But now sayeth the Lorde: leaue of from wepynge and crienge, withholde thyne eyes from feares, for thy laboure shalbe rewarded sayeth the Lorde. And they shall come againe oute of the lande of theyr enemyes: Jeremiah 31:17 Yea euen thy posterite shall haue consolacion in thys, (saieth the Lorde) that thy children shall come agayne into theyr owne lande.
Ephraim repenting is brought home again.
Jeremiah 31:18 Moreouer I hearde Ephraim, that was led awaye captyue, complayne on thys maner: O Lorde, thou haste correcte me, and thy chastening haue I receyued, as an vntamed calfe. Conuerte thou me, and I shalbe conuerted, for thou arte my Lorde God: Jeremiah 31:19 Yea as sone as thou turnest me, I shall refourme my self: and when I vnderstande, I shall smyte vpon my thyghe. For verelye I haue committed shamefull thinges: O let my youth beare this reprofe and confusyon. Jeremiah 31:20 Vpon this complainte, I thoughte thus by my selfe: is not Ephraim my deare sonne? Is he not the chylde, with whom I haue had all myrthe and pastyme? For sence the tyme that I fyrst commened with him, I haue him euer in remembraunce: therfore my verye herte dryueth me vnto hym, gladly and louynglye will I haue mercy vpon him, sayth þe Lorde. Jeremiah 31:21 Get the watchemen, prouyde teachers for the set thyne herte vpon the right waye, that thou shuldest walcke, and turne agayne (O thou doughter of Israell) turne agayne to these cytyes of thyne.
Christ is promised.
Jeremiah 31:22 Howe longe wilte thou go astraye, O thou shrinkinge doughter? For the Lorde wil worke a new thynge vpon earthe: A woman shall compasse a man. Jeremiah 31:23 For thus sayeth the Lorde of hostes the God of Israell: It wil come therto, that when I haue brought Iuda oute of captyuyte, these wordes shalbe hearde in the lande and in his cities: The Lorde, whiche is the fayre brydegrome of ryghtuousnesse, make the frutefull O thou holy hyll: Jeremiah 31:24 And there shall dwell Iuda, and all her cities, the shepeherdes and husband men. Jeremiah 31:25 For I shall fede the hongry soule, & refreshe al faint hertes. Jeremiah 31:26 When I heard this I came agayne to my selfe, and mused, like as I had bene waked oute of a swete slepe.
His care over the Church.
Jeremiah 31:27 Beholde (sayeth the Lorde) the dayes come, that I will sowe the house of Israell and the house of Iuda, with men & with catell. Jeremiah 31:28 Yea it shall come therto, that lyke as I haue gone about in tymes paste to rote them out, to scatre them, to breake them doune, to destroye them and chasten them: Euen so wyll I also go dylygentlye aboute, to buylde them vp agayne and to plante them, sayeth the Lorde. Jeremiah 31:29 Then shall it no more be sayde: the fathers haue eaten a sower grape, and the chyldrens teeth are set on edge: Jeremiah 31:30 for euerye one shall dye for his owne misdede, so that who so eateth a sower grape, hys teeth shalbe set on edge.
His New Covenant.
Jeremiah 31:31 Beholde, the dayes come (sayeth the Lord) that I wil make a newe couenaunt with the house of Israell & with the house of Iuda: Jeremiah 31:32 not after the couenaunte that I made wyth theyr fathers, when I toke them by the hande, and led them oute of the lande of Egypte: whiche couenaunte they brake, wherfore I punyshed them sore, sayeth the Lorde: Jeremiah 31:33 But thys shall be the couenaunte that I wyll make with the house of Israel after those dayes, sayeth the Lorde: I wyll plante my lawe in the inwarde partes of them, & wryte it in theyr hertes, and wilbe theyr God, and they shalbe my people. Jeremiah 31:34 And from thence forth shall no man teache his neyghboure or his brother, and say know the Lorde: But they shall all knowe me, from the loweste vnto the hyeste, sayeth the Lorde. For I wyll forgeue theyr mysdedes, and wil neuer remembre theyr sinnes any more.
Jeremiah 31:35 Thus sayth the Lorde which gaue the sunne to be a lyght for the daye, and the mone and starres to shyne in the night: whiche moueth the sea, so that the floudes thereof waxe fearce: hys name is the Lorde of hostes. Jeremiah 31:36 Lyke as thys ordynaunce shal neuer be taken out of my sight sayeth the Lorde: So shall the sede of Israell neuer ceasse, but all waye be a people before me. Jeremiah 31:37 Moreouer, thus sayeth the Lorde: lyke as the heauen aboue can not be measured, and as the foundacyons of the earth beneth may not be soughte oute: So will I also not caste oute the whole sede of Israell, for that they haue committed. sayeth the Lorde.
and amplitude of the Church.
Jeremiah 31:38 Beholde the dayes come sayeth the Lorde, that the cytie of þe Lord shalbe enlarged from the toure of Hananeel, vnto the gate of the corner wall. Jeremiah 31:39 From thence shall the ryghte measure be taken before her vnto the hyll toppe of Gareb, and shall come aboute Gaath, Jeremiah 31:40 and the whole, valleye of the dead karcases, and of the ashes, and all Ceremoth vnto the broke of Cedron: and from thence vnto the corner of the horsgate toward the Easte, where as the Sanctuarye of the Lorde also shall be set. And when it is nowe buylded, and set vp of this fashyon it shall neuer be broken, nor caste doune any more.