Bible: Jer 31:16-20

31:16 The Lord says to her, 1 

“Stop crying! Do not shed any more tears! 2 

For your heartfelt repentance 3  will be rewarded.

Your children will return from the land of the enemy.

I, the Lord, affirm it! 4 

31:17 Indeed, there is hope for your posterity. 5 

Your children will return to their own territory.

I, the Lord, affirm it! 6 

31:18 I have indeed 7  heard the people of Israel 8  say mournfully,

We were like a calf untrained to the yoke. 9 

You disciplined us and we learned from it. 10 

Let us come back to you and we will do so, 11 

for you are the Lord our God.

31:19 For after we turned away from you we repented.

After we came to our senses 12  we beat our breasts in sorrow. 13 

We are ashamed and humiliated

because of the disgraceful things we did previously.’ 14 

31:20 Indeed, the people of Israel are my dear children.

They are the children I take delight in. 15 

For even though I must often rebuke them,

I still remember them with fondness.

So I am deeply moved with pity for them 16 

and will surely have compassion on them.

I, the Lord, affirm it! 17 

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