New American Bible


Chapter 30

30:1 The following message came to Jeremiah from the LORD:

30:2 Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Write all the words I have spoken to you in a book.

30:3 For behold, the days will come, says the LORD, when I will change the lot of my people (of Israel and Judah, says the LORD), and bring them back to the land which I gave to their fathers; they shall have it as their possession.

30:4 These are the words which the LORD spoke to Israel and to Judah:

30:5 thus says the LORD: A cry of dismay we hear; fear reigns, not peace.

30:6 Inquire, and see: since when do men bear children? Why, then, do I see all these men, with their hands on their loins like women in childbirth? Why have all their faces turned deathly pale?

30:7 How mighty is that day - none like it! A time of distress for Jacob, though he shall be saved from it.

30:8 On that day, says the LORD of hosts, "I will break his yoke from off your necks and snap your bonds." Strangers shall no longer enslave them;

30:9 instead, they shall serve the LORD, their God, and David, their king, whom I will raise up for them.

30:10 But you, my servant Jacob, fear not, says the LORD, be not dismayed, O Israel! Behold, I will deliver you from the far-off land, your descendants, from their land of exile; Jacob shall again find rest, shall be tranquil and undisturbed,

30:11 for I am with you, says the LORD, to deliver you. I will make an end of all the nations among which I have scattered you; but of you I will not make an end. I will chastise you as you deserve, I will not let you go unpunished.

30:12 For thus says the LORD: Incurable is your wound, grievous your bruise;

30:13 There is none to plead your cause, no remedy for your running sore, no healing for you.

30:14 All your lovers have forgotten you, they do not seek you. I struck you as an enemy would strike, punished you cruelly;

30:15 Why cry out over your wound? your pain is without relief. Because of your great guilt, your numerous sins, I have done this to you.

30:16 Yet all who devour you shall be devoured, all your enemies shall go into exile. All who plunder you shall be plundered, all who pillage you I will hand over to pillage.

30:17 For I will restore you to health; of your wounds I will heal you, says the LORD. "The outcast" they have called you, "with no avenger."

30:18 Thus says the LORD: See! I will restore the tents of Jacob, his dwellings I will pity; City shall be rebuilt upon hill, and palace restored as it was.

30:19 From them will resound songs of praise, the laughter of happy men. I will make them not few, but many; they will not be tiny, for I will glorify them.

30:20 His sons shall be as of old, his assembly before me shall stand firm; I will punish all his oppressors.

30:21 His leader shall be one of his own, and his rulers shall come from his kin. When I summon him, he shall approach me; how else should one take the deadly risk of approaching me? says the LORD.

30:22 You shall be my people, and I will be your God.

30:23 See, the storm of the LORD! His wrath breaks forth In a whirling storm that bursts upon the heads of the wicked.

30:24 The anger of the LORD will not abate until he has done and fulfilled what he has determined in his heart. When the time comes, you will fully understand.