Jeremiah 31:15-40New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
15 The Lord says,
“A voice is heard in Ramah.
16 The Lord says,
“Do not weep anymore.
18 “I have heard the groans of Ephraim’s people. They say,
21 The Lord says, “Put up road signs.
23 The Lord who rules over all is the God of Israel. He says, “I will bring them back from the place where they were taken. Here is what the people in Judah and its towns will say once again. ‘May the Lord bless you, you successful city. Sacred mountain, may he bless you.’ 24 People will live together in Judah and all its towns. Farmers and shepherds will live there. 25 I will give rest to those who are tired. I will satisfy those who are weak.”
26 When I heard this, I woke up and looked around. My sleep had been pleasant to me.
27 Here is what the Lord announces. “The days are coming when I will plant the kingdoms of Israel and Judah again. I will plant them with children and young animals. 28 I watched over Israel and Judah to pull them up by the roots. I tore them down. I crushed them. I destroyed them. I brought horrible trouble on them. But now I will watch over them to build them up and plant them,” announces the Lord. 29 “In those days people will no longer say,
“ ‘The parents have eaten sour grapes.
30 Instead, everyone will die for their own sin. The one who eats sour grapes will taste how bitter they are.
31 “The days are coming,” announces the Lord.
35 The Lord speaks.
He makes the sun
37 The Lord says,
“Suppose the sky above could be measured.
38 “The days are coming,” announces the Lord. “At that time Jerusalem will be rebuilt for me. It will be rebuilt from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate. 39 The measuring line will reach out from there. It will go straight to the hill of Gareb. Then it will turn and reach as far as Goah. 40 There is a valley where dead bodies and ashes are thrown. That whole valley will be holy to me. The side of the Kidron Valley east of the city will be holy to me. It will be holy all the way to the corner of the Horse Gate. The city will never again be pulled up by the roots. It will never be destroyed.”
Jeremiah 49:34-51:14New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
A Message About Elam
34 A message from the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet. It was about Elam. It came shortly after Zedekiah became king of Judah.
35 The Lord who rules over all said,
“Elam’s bow is the secret of its strength.
39 “But in days to come I will bless Elam
A Message About Babylon
50 Here is the message the Lord spoke through Jeremiah the prophet. It was about the city of Babylon and the land of Babylon. He said,
2 “Announce this message among the nations.
4 “The days are coming,”
6 “My people have been like lost sheep.
8 “People of Judah, run away from Babylon.
11 “People of Babylon, you have stolen what belongs to me.
14 “All you who shoot arrows,
17 “Israel is like a scattered flock
18 The Lord who rules over all is the God of Israel. He says,
“I punished the king of Assyria.
21 “Enemies of Babylon, attack their land of Merathaim.
29 “Send for men armed with bows and arrows.
33 The Lord who rules over all says,
“The people of Israel are being treated badly.
35 “A sword is coming against the Babylonians!”
39 “Desert creatures and hyenas will live in Babylon.
41 “Look! An army is coming from the north.
51 The Lord says,
“I will stir up the spirits of destroyers.
6 “People of Judah, run away from Babylon!
9 “The nations say, ‘We would have healed Babylon.
10 “The people of Judah say,
11 “I have stirred up you kings of the Medes.
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