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Jeremiah 30 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

Promises of Hope

30 This is the message that came to Jeremiah from the Lord. The Lord, the God of the people of Israel, said, “Jeremiah, write in a book the words I have spoken to you. Write this book for yourself. Do this because the days will come”—this message is from the Lord—“when I will bring my people, Israel and Judah, back from exile.” This message is from the Lord. “I will put the people back in the land that I gave to their ancestors. Then my people will own that land again.”

The Lord spoke this message about the people of Israel and Judah. This is what the Lord said:

“We hear people crying from fear.
    There is fear, not peace.

“Ask this question and consider it:
    Can a man have a baby? Of course not!
Then why do I see every strong man holding his stomach
    like a woman having labor pains?
Why is everyone’s face turning white
    like a dead man?

“This is a very important time for Jacob.
    This is a time of great trouble.
There will never be another time like this,
    but Jacob will be saved.

“At that time,” says the Lord All-Powerful, “I will break the yoke from the necks of the people of Israel and Judah, and I will break the ropes holding you. People from foreign countries will never again force my people to be slaves. The people of Israel and Judah will not serve foreign countries. No, they will serve the Lord their God. I will send them David their king,[a] and they will serve him.

10 “So Jacob, my servant, don’t be afraid!”
    This message is from the Lord.
“Israel, don’t be afraid.
    I will save you from that faraway place.
You are captives[b] in that faraway land,
    but I will save your descendants.
    I will bring them back from that land.
Jacob will have peace again.
    People will not bother Jacob.
    There will be no enemy to frighten my people.
11 People of Israel and Judah, I am with you.”
    This message is from the Lord.
“I will save you.
    I sent you to those nations,
    but I will completely destroy all of them.
It is true; I will destroy those nations,
    but I will not destroy you.
You must be punished for the bad things you did,
    but I will discipline you fairly.”

12 This is what the Lord says:
“You people of Israel and Judah have a wound that cannot be cured.
    You have an injury that will not heal.
13 There is no one to care for your sores,
    so you will not be healed.
14 You became friends with many nations,
    but those nations don’t care about you.
    Your ‘friends’ have forgotten you.
I hurt you like an enemy.
    I punished you very hard.
I did this because of your great guilt.
    I did this because of your many sins.
15 Israel and Judah, why are you still crying about your wound?
    There is no cure for it.
I did this to you because of your great guilt.
    I did this because of your many sins.
16 Those nations destroyed you,
    but now they have been destroyed.
    Israel and Judah, your enemies will become captives.
They stole things from you,
    but others will steal from them.
They took things from you in war,
    but others will take things from them in war.
17 And I will bring your health back
    and heal your wounds,” says the Lord,
“because other people said you were outcasts.[c]
    They said, ‘No one cares about Zion.’”

18 This is what the Lord says:
“Jacob’s people are now in captivity,
    but they will come back.
    And I will have pity on Jacob’s houses.
The city[d] is now only an empty hill covered with ruined buildings,
    but the city will be rebuilt on its hill.
    And the king’s palace will be rebuilt where it should be.
19 People in those places will sing songs of praise,
    and there will be the sound of laughter.
I will give them many children.
    Israel and Judah will not be small.
I will bring honor to them.
    No one will look down on them.
20 Jacob’s family will be like the family of Israel long ago.
    I will make Israel and Judah strong,
    and I will punish those who hurt them.”
21 The Lord says,
“One of their own people will lead them.
    That ruler will come from my people.
People can come close to me only if I ask them to.
    So I will ask that leader to come to me,
    and he will be close to me.
22 You will be my people,
    and I will be your God.”

23 The Lord was very angry!
    He punished the people.
The punishment came like a storm.
    It came like a tornado against those wicked people.
24 The Lord will be angry until he is through punishing them.
    He will be angry until he finishes the punishment he planned.
When that day comes,
    you people of Judah will understand.


  1. Jeremiah 30:9 David their king This means another king of Israel who will be great like King David.
  2. Jeremiah 30:10 captives People taken away as prisoners. Here, it means the Jewish people who were taken to Babylon.
  3. Jeremiah 30:17 outcasts People who are thrown out of a group by others who don’t like or respect them.
  4. Jeremiah 30:18 city This probably refers to Jerusalem. But it might also mean all the cities of Israel and Judah.
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Jeremiah 30 New International Version (NIV)

Restoration of Israel

30 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you. The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity[a] and restore them to the land I gave their ancestors to possess,’ says the Lord.”

These are the words the Lord spoke concerning Israel and Judah: “This is what the Lord says:

“‘Cries of fear are heard—
    terror, not peace.
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?
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.

“‘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.
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.


  1. Jeremiah 30:3 Or will restore the fortunes of my people Israel and Judah
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