Promises of Deliverance
1 The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said,
2 “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Write down
for the record everything I have said to you, Jeremiah.
3 For the time is coming when I will restore the fortunes of
my people of Israel and Judah. I will bring them home to this land that I
gave to their ancestors, and they will possess it and live here again. I,
the Lord, have spoken!”
4 This is the message the Lord gave concerning Israel and
5 “This is what the Lord says: I have heard the people
crying; there is only fear and trembling.
6 Now let me ask you a question: Do men give birth to babies?
Then why do they stand there, ashen-faced, hands pressed against their
sides like women about to give birth?
7 In all history there has never been such a time of terror.
It will be a time of trouble for my people Israel. Yet in the end, they
will be saved!
8 “For in that day, says the Lord Almighty, I will break the
yoke from their necks and snap their chains. Foreigners will no longer be
9 For my people will serve the Lord their God and David
their king, whom I will raise up for them.
10 “So do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant; do not be
dismayed, Israel, says the Lord. For I will bring you home again from
distant lands, and your children will return from their exile. Israel will
return and will have peace and quiet in their own land, and no one will
make them afraid.
11 For I am with you and will save you, says the Lord. I will
completely destroy the nations where I have scattered you, but I will not
destroy you. But I must discipline you; I cannot let you go unpunished.
12 “This is what the Lord says: Yours is an incurable bruise,
a terrible wound.
13 There is no one to help you or bind up your injury. You
are beyond the help of any medicine.
14 All your allies have left you and do not care about you
anymore. I have wounded you cruelly, as though I were your enemy. For your
sins are many, and your guilt is great.
15 Why do you protest your punishment—this wound that has no
cure? I have had to punish you because your sins are many and your guilt is
16 “But in that coming day, all who destroy you will be
destroyed, and all your enemies will be sent into exile. Those who plunder
you will be plundered, and those who attack you will be attacked.
17 I will give you back your health and heal your wounds,
says the Lord.
“Now you are called an outcast—‘Jerusalem* for whom nobody cares.’
18 But the Lord says this: When I bring you home again from
your captivity and restore your fortunes, Jerusalem will be rebuilt on her
ruins. The palace will be reconstructed as it was before.
19 There will be joy and songs of thanksgiving, and I will
multiply my people and make of them a great and honored nation.
20 Their children will prosper as they did long ago. I will
establish them as a nation before me, and I will punish anyone who hurts
21 They will have their own ruler again, and he will not be a
foreigner. I will invite him to approach me, says the Lord, for who would
dare to come unless invited?
22 You will be my people, and I will be your God.”
23 Look! The Lord’s anger bursts out like a storm, a driving
wind that swirls down on the heads of the wicked.
24 The fierce anger of the Lord will not diminish until it
has finished all his plans. In the days to come, you will understand all