Bible: Jer 30-31
Introduction to the Book of Consolation
Israel and Judah Will Be Delivered after a Time of Deep Distress
30:4 So here is what the
30:5 Yes, 9 here is what he says:
“You hear cries of panic and of terror;
there is no peace in sight. 10
30:6 Ask yourselves this and consider it carefully: 11
Have you ever seen a man give birth to a baby?
Why then do I see all these strong men
grabbing their stomachs in pain like 12 a woman giving birth?
And why do their faces
turn so deathly pale?
30:7 Alas, what a terrible time of trouble it is! 13
There has never been any like it.
It is a time of trouble for the descendants of Jacob,
but some of them will be rescued out of it. 14
30:8 When the time for them to be rescued comes,” 15
“I will rescue you from foreign subjugation. 17
I will deliver you from captivity. 18
Foreigners will then no longer subjugate them.
30:9 But they will be subject 19 to the
and to the Davidic ruler whom I will raise up as king over them. 20
30:10 So I, the
you descendants of Jacob, my servants. 21
Do not be terrified, people of Israel.
For I will rescue you and your descendants
from a faraway land where you are captives. 22
The descendants of Jacob will return to their land and enjoy peace.
They will be secure and no one will terrify them. 23
30:11 For I, the
I will be with you and will rescue you.
I will completely destroy all the nations where I scattered you.
But I will not completely destroy you.
I will indeed discipline you, but only in due measure.
I will not allow you to go entirely unpunished.” 25
The Lord Will Heal the Wounds of Judah
“Your injuries are incurable;
your wounds are severe. 28
30:13 There is no one to plead your cause.
There are no remedies for your wounds. 29
There is no healing for you.
30:14 All your allies have abandoned you. 30
They no longer have any concern for you.
For I have attacked you like an enemy would.
I have chastened you cruelly.
For your wickedness is so great
and your sin is so much. 31
30:15 Why do you complain about your injuries,
that your pain is incurable?
I have done all this to you
because your wickedness is so great
and your sin is so much.
30:16 But 32 all who destroyed you will be destroyed.
All your enemies will go into exile.
Those who plundered you will be plundered.
I will cause those who pillaged you to be pillaged. 33
30:17 Yes, 34 I will restore you to health.
I will heal your wounds.
For you have been called an outcast,
Zion, whom no one cares for.”
The Lord Will Restore Israel and Judah
“I will restore the ruined houses of the descendants of Jacob.
I will show compassion on their ruined homes. 36
Every city will be rebuilt on its former ruins. 37
Every fortified dwelling will occupy its traditional site. 38
30:19 Out of those places you will hear songs of thanksgiving 39
and the sounds of laughter and merriment.
I will increase their number and they will not dwindle away. 40
I will bring them honor and they will no longer be despised.
30:20 The descendants of Jacob will enjoy their former privileges.
Their community will be reestablished in my favor 41
and I will punish all who try to oppress them.
30:21 One of their own people will be their leader.
Their ruler will come from their own number. 42
I will invite him to approach me, and he will do so. 43
For no one would dare approach me on his own. 44
30:22 Then you will again be my people
and I will be your God. 46
30:23 Just watch! The wrath of the
will come like a storm.
Like a raging storm it will rage down
on the heads of those who are wicked.
30:24 The anger of the
until he has fully carried out his intended purposes.
In days to come you will come to understand this. 47
31:1 At that time I will be the God of all the clans of Israel 48
and they will be my people.
Israel Will Be Restored and Join Judah in Worship
“The people of Israel who survived
death at the hands of the enemy 50
will find favor in the wilderness
as they journey to find rest for themselves.
31:3 In a far-off land the
He will say to them, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love.
That is why I have continued to be faithful to you. 51
31:4 I will rebuild you, my dear children Israel, 52
so that you will once again be built up.
Once again you will take up the tambourine
and join in the happy throng of dancers. 53
31:5 Once again you will plant vineyards
on the hills of Samaria. 54
Those who plant them
will once again enjoy their fruit. 55
31:6 Yes, a time is coming
when watchmen 56 will call out on the mountains of Ephraim,
“Come! Let us go to Zion
to worship the
31:7 Moreover, 58 the
“Sing for joy for the descendants of Jacob.
Utter glad shouts for that foremost of the nations. 59
Make your praises heard. 60
Then say, ‘
Deliver those of Israel who remain alive.’ 61
31:8 Then I will reply, 62 ‘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. 63
I will lead them besides streams of water,
along smooth paths where they will never stumble. 64
I will do this because I am Israel’s father;
Ephraim 65 is my firstborn son.’”
31:10 Hear what the
Proclaim it in the faraway lands along the sea.
Say, “The one who scattered Israel will regather them.
He will watch over his people like a shepherd watches over his flock.”
31:11 For the
31:12 They will come and shout for joy on Mount Zion.
They will be radiant with joy 68 over the good things the
the grain, the fresh wine, the olive oil,
the young sheep and calves he has given to them.
They will be like a well-watered garden
and will not grow faint or weary any more.
Young men and old men will rejoice. 70
I will turn their grief into gladness.
I will give them comfort and joy in place of their sorrow.
31:14 I will provide the priests with abundant provisions. 71
My people will be filled to the full with the good things I provide.”
“A sound is heard in Ramah, 72
a sound of crying in bitter grief.
It is the sound of Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted, because her children are gone.” 73
“Stop crying! Do not shed any more tears! 75
For your heartfelt repentance 76 will be rewarded.
Your children will return from the land of the enemy.
31:17 Indeed, there is hope for your posterity. 78
Your children will return to their own territory.
‘We were like a calf untrained to the yoke. 82
You disciplined us and we learned from it. 83
Let us come back to you and we will do so, 84
for you are the
31:19 For after we turned away from you we repented.
We are ashamed and humiliated
because of the disgraceful things we did previously.’ 87
31:20 Indeed, the people of Israel are my dear children.
They are the children I take delight in. 88
For even though I must often rebuke them,
I still remember them with fondness.
So I am deeply moved with pity for them 89
and will surely have compassion on them.
the road you took when you were carried off. 93
Mark off in your minds the landmarks.
Make a mental note of telltale signs marking the way back.
Return, my dear children of Israel.
Return to these cities of yours.
31:22 How long will you vacillate, 94
you who were once like an unfaithful daughter? 95
something as unique as a woman protecting a man!’” 98
Judah Will Be Restored
“I will restore the people of Judah to their land and to their towns.
the place where righteousness dwells.’ 102
31:24 The land of Judah will be inhabited by people who live in its towns
as well as by farmers and shepherds with their flocks. 103
31:25 I will fully satisfy the needs of those who are weary
and fully refresh the souls of those who are faint. 104
31:26 Then they will say, ‘Under these conditions I can enjoy sweet sleep
when I wake up and look around.’” 105
Israel and Judah Will Be Repopulated
31:27 “Indeed, a time is coming,” 106 says the
The Lord Will Make a New Covenant with Israel and Judah
31:29 “When that time comes, people will no longer say, ‘The parents have eaten sour grapes, but the children’s teeth have grown numb.’ 111 31:30 Rather, each person will die for his own sins. The teeth of the person who eats the sour grapes will themselves grow numb. 112
31:31 “Indeed, a time is coming,” says the
31:34 “People will no longer need to teach their neighbors and relatives to know me. 128 For all of them, from the least important to the most important, will know me,” 129 says the
The Lord Guarantees Israel’s Continuance
He promises it as the one who fixed the sun to give light by day
and the moon and stars to give light by night.
He promises it as the one who stirs up the sea so that its waves roll.
He promises it as the one who is known as the
cease forever to be a nation in my sight.
That could only happen if the fixed ordering of the heavenly lights
were to cease to operate before me.” 133
because of all that they have done. 134
That could only happen if the heavens above could be measured
or the foundations of the earth below could all be explored,” 135
Jerusalem Will Be Enlarged
31:38 “Indeed a time is coming,” 137 says the