1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
2 "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you.
3 The days are coming,' declares the LORD, 'when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity [^1] and restore them to the land I gave their ancestors to possess,' says the LORD."
4 These are the words the LORD spoke concerning Israel and Judah:
5 "This is what the LORD says: "'Cries of fear are heard — ¶ terror, not peace.
6 Ask and see: Can a man bear children? ¶ Then why do I see every strong man ¶ with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor, ¶ every face turned deathly pale?
7 How awful that day will be! No other will be like it. ¶ It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, ¶ but he will be saved out of it.
8 "'In that day,' declares the LORD Almighty, ¶ 'I will break the yoke off their necks ¶ and will tear off their bonds; ¶ no longer will foreigners enslave them.
9 Instead, they will serve the LORD their God and David their king, ¶ whom I will raise up for them.
10 "'So do not be afraid, Jacob my servant; ¶ do not be dismayed, Israel,' ¶ declares the LORD. ¶ 'I will surely save you out of a distant place, ¶ your descendants from the land of their exile. ¶ Jacob will again have peace and security, ¶ and no one will make him afraid.
11 I am with you and will save you,' declares the LORD. ¶ 'Though I completely destroy all the nations ¶ among which I scatter you, ¶ I will not completely destroy you. ¶ I will discipline you but only in due measure; ¶ I will not let you go entirely unpunished.'
12 "This is what the LORD says: ¶ "'Your wound is incurable, ¶ your injury beyond healing.
13 There is no one to plead your cause, no remedy for your sore, ¶ no healing for you.
14 All your allies have forgotten you; they care nothing for you. ¶ I have struck you as an enemy would ¶ and punished you as would the cruel, ¶ because your guilt is so great ¶ and your sins so many.
15 Why do you cry out over your wound, your pain that has no cure? ¶ Because of your great guilt and many sins ¶ I have done these things to you.
16 "'But all who devour you will be devoured; ¶ all your enemies will go into exile. ¶ Those who plunder you will be plundered; ¶ all who make spoil of you I will despoil.
17 But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,' ¶ declares the LORD, ¶ 'because you are called an outcast, ¶ Zion for whom no one cares.'
18 "This is what the LORD says: ¶ "'I will restore the fortunes of Jacob's tents ¶ and have compassion on his dwellings; ¶ the city will be rebuilt on her ruins, ¶ and the palace will stand in its proper place.
19 From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing. ¶ I will add to their numbers, ¶ and they will not be decreased; ¶ I will bring them honor, ¶ and they will not be disdained.
20 Their children will be as in days of old, and their community will be established before me; ¶ I will punish all who oppress them.
21 Their leader will be one of their own; their ruler will arise from among them. ¶ I will bring him near and he will come close to me — ¶ for who is he who will devote himself ¶ to be close to me?' ¶ declares the LORD.
22 "'So you will be my people, and I will be your God.'"
23 See, the storm of the LORD ¶ will burst out in wrath, ¶ a driving wind swirling down ¶ on the heads of the wicked.
24 The fierce anger of the LORD will not turn back until he fully accomplishes ¶ the purposes of his heart. ¶ In days to come ¶ you will understand this.