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Jeremiah 3:11-22 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

11 The Lord announced to me, “Unfaithful Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah. 12 Go, proclaim these words to the north, and say,

‘Return, unfaithful Israel.
This is the Lord’s declaration.
I will not look on you with anger,[a]
for I am unfailing in my love.
This is the Lord’s declaration.
I will not be angry forever.
13 Only acknowledge your guilt
you have rebelled against the Lord your God.
You have scattered your favors to strangers
under every green tree
and have not obeyed me.
This is the Lord’s declaration.

14 “‘Return, you faithless children—this is the Lord’s declaration—for I am your master,[b] and I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. 15 I will give you shepherds who are loyal to me,[c] and they will shepherd you with knowledge and skill. 16 When you multiply and increase in the land, in those days—this is the Lord’s declaration—no one will say again, “The ark of the Lord’s covenant.” It will never come to mind, and no one will remember or miss it. Another one will not be made.[d] 17 At that time Jerusalem will be called The Lord’s Throne, and all the nations will be gathered to it, to the name of the Lord in Jerusalem. They will cease to follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts. 18 In those days the house of Judah will join with the house of Israel, and they will come together from the land of the north to the land I have given your ancestors to inherit.’”

True Repentance

19 I thought, “How I long to make you my sons
and give you a desirable land,
the most beautiful inheritance of all the nations.”
I thought, “You will call me ‘My Father’
and never turn away from me.”
20 However, as a woman may betray her lover,[e]
so you have betrayed me, house of Israel.
This is the Lord’s declaration.

21 A sound is heard on the barren heights:
the children of Israel weeping and begging for mercy,
for they have perverted their way;
they have forgotten the Lord their God.

22 Return, you faithless children.
I will heal your unfaithfulness.
“Here we are, coming to you,
for you are the Lord our God.

Footnotes:

  1. 3:12 Lit not cause my face to fall on you
  2. 3:14 Or husband
  3. 3:15 Lit shepherds according to my heart
  4. 3:16 Or It will no longer be done
  5. 3:20 Lit friend
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Jeremiah 3:11-22 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

11 Then the Lord said to me: Faithless Israel has shown herself less guilty than false Judah. 12 Go, and proclaim these words toward the north, and say:

Return, faithless Israel,
says the Lord.
I will not look on you in anger,
    for I am merciful,
says the Lord;
I will not be angry forever.
13 Only acknowledge your guilt,
    that you have rebelled against the Lord your God,
and scattered your favors among strangers under every green tree,
    and have not obeyed my voice,
says the Lord.
14 Return, O faithless children,
says the Lord,
    for I am your master;
I will take you, one from a city and two from a family,
    and I will bring you to Zion.

15 I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding. 16 And when you have multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, says the Lord, they shall no longer say, “The ark of the covenant of the Lord.” It shall not come to mind, or be remembered, or missed; nor shall another one be made. 17 At that time Jerusalem shall be called the throne of the Lord, and all nations shall gather to it, to the presence of the Lord in Jerusalem, and they shall no longer stubbornly follow their own evil will. 18 In those days the house of Judah shall join the house of Israel, and together they shall come from the land of the north to the land that I gave your ancestors for a heritage.

19 I thought
    how I would set you among my children,
and give you a pleasant land,
    the most beautiful heritage of all the nations.
And I thought you would call me, My Father,
    and would not turn from following me.
20 Instead, as a faithless wife leaves her husband,
    so you have been faithless to me, O house of Israel,
says the Lord.

21 A voice on the bare heights[a] is heard,
    the plaintive weeping of Israel’s children,
because they have perverted their way,
    they have forgotten the Lord their God:
22 Return, O faithless children,
    I will heal your faithlessness.

“Here we come to you;
    for you are the Lord our God.

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 3:21 Or the trails
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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