30 These are the words that the Lord spoke to Jeremiah. 2 The Lord, the God of Israel, said: “Jeremiah, write in a ·book [scroll] all the words I have spoken to you. 3 The days will come when I will ·bring Israel and Judah back from captivity [restore the fortunes of my people of Israel and Judah],” says the Lord. “I will ·return [restore] them to the land I gave their ancestors, and they will ·own [possess] it!” says the Lord.
4 The Lord spoke this message about the people of Israel and Judah: 5 This is what the Lord said:
“We hear ·people crying from [L the voice/sound of] fear. ·They are afraid; there [L …and of dread, and there] is no peace. 6 Ask this question, and ·consider it [L see]: ·A man cannot [L Can a man…?] have a baby. So why do I see every strong man ·holding his stomach in pain [L with his hands on his side/loins] like a woman ·having a baby [in labor; 13:21; 22:23; 49:24; 50:43; Is. 21:2–3; 26:16–21; 66:7–14]? Why is everyone’s face turning white [C like a dead or frightened person’s face]? 7 This will be a ·terrible [L great] day! There will never be another time like this. This is a time of ·great trouble [distress] for the people of Jacob, but they will be ·saved [rescued] from it.”
8 The Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts] says, “·At that time [L In that day] I will break the yoke from ·their [or your] necks and ·tear [snap] off the ropes that hold ·them [or you]. ·Foreign people [L Strangers] will never again make my people slaves. 9 They will serve the Lord their God and David their king, whom I will ·send to [L raise up for] them.
10 “So people of Jacob, my servants, don’t be afraid. Israel, don’t be ·frightened [terrified],” says the Lord. “I will soon ·save [rescue] you from that faraway place. I will ·save [rescue] your ·family [L seed] from that land of your captivity. The people of Jacob will be at rest again; no one will frighten them. 11 I am with you and will ·save [rescue] you,” says the Lord. “I will ·completely destroy [bring to an end] all those nations where I scattered you, but I will not ·completely destroy you [bring you to an end]. I will ·punish [discipline] you ·fairly [with justice], but I will ·still punish you [L not leave you unpunished; 46:27–28].”
12 This is what the Lord said:
“Your wound cannot be cured; your injury will not heal [8:22; 10:19; Mic. 1:9; Nah. 3:19]. 13 There is no one to ·argue your case [uphold your cause] and no ·cure [medicine] for your sores. So you will not be healed. 14 All your lovers [C allied nations] have forgotten you. They don’t ·care about [L seek] you. I have ·hurt you [struck you a blow] as an enemy would. I ·punished [disciplined] you ·very hard [harshly], because your ·guilt [iniquity] was so great and your sins were so many. 15 Why are you crying out about your injury? There is no cure for your pain. I did these things to you because of your great ·guilt [iniquity], because of your many sins. 16 But all those ·nations that destroyed you will now be destroyed [L who consumed/devoured you will be consumed/devoured]. All your ·enemies [foes] will become ·captives in other lands [exiles]. Those who ·stole from [L plunder] you will ·have their own things stolen [L be plundered]. Those who took things from you in war will have their own things taken. 17 I will bring back your health and heal your injuries,” says the Lord, “because ·other people forced you away [L they called you ‘driven out’/‘an outcast’]. They said about you, ‘No one ·cares about [L seeks] ·Jerusalem [L Zion; C the location of the Temple]!’”
18 This is what the Lord said:
“I ·will soon make the tents of Jacob’s people as they used to be [L am restoring the fortunes of the tents of Jacob], and I will have ·pity [compassion] on their houses. The city will be rebuilt on its ·hill of ruins [mound], and the king’s palace will stand in its ·proper [traditional] place. 19 ·People in those places will sing songs of praise [L Praise/Thanks will go out from them; Ps. 126]. There will be the sound of laughter. I will ·give them many children [L multiply them] so ·their number will not be small [L they will not diminish; Gen. 12:1–3; 22:17; 32:12; 41:49]. I will bring ·honor [glory] to them so no one will ·look down on [belittle] them. 20 Their ·descendants [children] will be as they were in the old days. ·I will set them up as a strong people [L Their congregation will be established] before me, and I will punish ·the nations who have hurt them [their oppressors]. 21 ·One of their own people will lead them [L Their noble one will be of them]; their ruler will come from among them [Deut. 17:14–20]. ·He will come near to me when I invite him [L I will bring him near and he will approach me]. Who would dare to ·come to [approach] me uninvited?” says the Lord. 22 “So you will be my people, and I will be your God [C they will be in a covenant relationship; Hos. 2:23].”
23 Look! It is a ·storm [whirlwind] from the Lord! ·He is angry and has gone out to punish the people [L Wrath has gone out]. ·Punishment will come like a storm [L A whirling storm/tempest comes] ·crashing down on the evil people [L swirling around the heads of the wicked; 23:19]. 24 The Lord will stay angry until he performs and accomplishes the ·intentions [plans] of his ·heart [mind]. ·When that day comes [L In future days], you will understand this.
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