Jeremiah 31:7-14Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Israel Will Return to Its Own Land
7 The Lord says:
Celebrate and sing for Israel, the greatest of nations. Offer praises and shout, “Come and rescue your people, Lord! Save what’s left of Israel.”
8 I, the Lord, will bring my people back from Babylonia[a] and everywhere else on earth. The blind and the lame will be there. Expectant mothers and women about to give birth will come and be part of that great crowd. 9 They will weep and pray as I bring them home. I will lead them to streams of water. They will walk on a level[b] road and not stumble. I am a father to Israel,[c] my favorite children.
10 Listen to me, you nations nearby or across the sea. I scattered the people of Israel, but I will gather them again. I will protect them like a shepherd guarding a flock; 11 I will rescue them from enemies who could overpower them. 12 My people will come to Mount Zion and celebrate; their faces will glow because of my blessings. I’ll give them grain, grapes, and olive oil, as well as sheep and cattle. Israel will be prosperous and grow like a garden with plenty of water. 13 Young women and young men, together with the elderly, will celebrate and dance, because I will comfort them and turn their sorrow into happiness. 14 I will bless my people with more food than they need, and the priests will enjoy the choice cuts of meat. I, the Lord, have spoken.
31.8Babylonia: The Hebrew text has “that country in the north,” referring to Babylonia.
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