Bible: Jer. 31:7-9
31:7 Moreover, 1 the
“Sing for joy for the descendants of Jacob.
Utter glad shouts for that foremost of the nations. 2
Make your praises heard. 3
Then say, ‘
Deliver those of Israel who remain alive.’ 4
31:8 Then I will reply, 5 ‘I will bring them back from the land of the north.
I will gather them in from the distant parts of the earth.
Blind and lame people will come with them,
so will pregnant women and women about to give birth.
A vast throng of people will come back here.
31:9 They will come back shedding tears of contrition.
I will bring them back praying prayers of repentance. 6
I will lead them besides streams of water,
along smooth paths where they will never stumble. 7
I will do this because I am Israel’s father;
Ephraim 8 is my firstborn son.’”