3 The Lord hath appeared unto me [a]of old, say they: [b]Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love, therefore with mercy I have drawn thee.
4 Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin Israel: thou shalt still [c]be adorned with thy timbrels, and shalt go forth in the dance of them that be joyful.
5 Thou shalt yet plant vines upon the mountains of [d]Samaria, and the planters that plant them, [e]shall make them common.
Jeremiah 31:3The people thus reason as though he were not so beneficial to them now, as he had been of old.
Jeremiah 31:3Thus the Lord answereth that his love is not changeable.
Jeremiah 31:4Thou shalt have still occasion to rejoice: which is meant by timbrels, and dancing, as their custom was after notable victories, Exod. 15:20; Judg. 5:2 and Jer. 18:34.
Jeremiah 31:5Because the Israelites, which were the ten tribes never returned to Samaria, therefore this must be spiritually understood under the kingdom of Christ, which was the restoration of the true Israel.
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