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Jeremiah 31:1-7 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Chapter 31

Good News of the Return

At that time—oracle of the Lord
    I will be the God of all the families of Israel,
    and they shall be my people.
    [a]Thus says the Lord:
The people who escaped the sword
    find favor in the wilderness.
As Israel comes forward to receive rest,
    from afar the Lord appears:
With age-old love I have loved you;
    so I have kept my mercy toward you.
Again I will build you, and you shall stay built,
    virgin Israel;
Carrying your festive tambourines,
    you shall go forth dancing with merrymakers.
You shall again plant vineyards
    on the mountains of Samaria;
    those who plant them shall enjoy their fruits.
Yes, a day will come when the watchmen
    call out on Mount Ephraim:
“Come, let us go up to Zion,
    to the Lord, our God.”

The Road of Return

    For thus says the Lord:
Shout with joy for Jacob,
    exult at the head of the nations;
    proclaim your praise and say:
The Lord has saved his people,
    the remnant of Israel.


  1. 31:2–3 Jeremiah describes the exiles of the Northern Kingdom on their way home from the nations where the Assyrians had resettled them (722/721 B.C.). The favor they discover in the wilderness is the appearance of the Lord (v. 3) coming to guide them to Jerusalem. Implicit in these verses is the presentation of the people’s return from captivity as a second exodus, a unifying theme in Second Isaiah (chaps. 40–55).
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