Jeremiah 29:10-14New American Standard Bible (NASB)
10 “For thus says the Lord, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place.11 For I know the plans that I [a]have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.12 Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.13 You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.14 I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will restore your [b]fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’
15 For thus the Lord [a]God, the Holy One of Israel, has said,
“In [b]repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength.” But you were not willing, 16 And you said, “No, for we will flee on horses,” Therefore you shall flee! “And we will ride on swift horses,” Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift. 17 One thousand will flee at the threat of one man; You will flee at the threat of five, Until you are left as a [c]flag on a mountain top And as a signal on a hill.
God Is Gracious and Just
18 Therefore the Lord[d]longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He [e]waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who [f]long for Him.
19 [g]O people in Zion, inhabitant in Jerusalem, you will weep no longer. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you.20 Although the Lord has given you bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher.21 Your ears will hear a word behind you, “[h]This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.22 And you will defile your graven images overlaid with silver, and your molten images plated with gold. You will scatter them as an impure thing, and say to [i]them, “Be gone!”
23 Then He will give you rain for [j]the seed which you will sow in the ground, and bread from the yield of the ground, and it will be [k]rich and [l]plenteous; on that day your livestock will graze in a roomy pasture.24 Also the oxen and the donkeys which work the ground will eat salted fodder, which [m]has been winnowed with shovel and fork.25 On every lofty mountain and on every high hill there will be [n]streams running with water on the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.26 The light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven days, on the day the Lord binds up the fracture of His people and heals the bruise [o]He has inflicted.
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