Bible: Jeremiah 16:10-15

The Lord Promises Exile (But Also Restoration)

16:10When you tell these people about all this, 1  they will undoubtedly ask you, ‘Why has the Lord threatened us with such great disaster? What wrong have we done? What sin have we done to offend the Lord our God?’ 16:11 Then tell them that the Lord says, 2 It is because your ancestors 3  rejected me and paid allegiance to 4  other gods. They have served them and worshiped them. But they have rejected me and not obeyed my law. 5  16:12 And you have acted even more wickedly than your ancestors! Each one of you has followed the stubborn inclinations of your own wicked heart and not obeyed me. 6  16:13 So I will throw you out of this land into a land that neither you nor your ancestors have ever known. There you must worship other gods day and night, for I will show you no mercy.’

16:14 Yet 7  I, the Lord, say: 8  “A new time will certainly come. 9  People now affirm their oaths with ‘I swear as surely as the Lord lives who delivered the people of Israel out of Egypt.’ 16:15 But in that time they will affirm them with ‘I swear as surely as the Lord lives who delivered the people of Israel from the land of the north and from all the other lands where he had banished them.’ At that time I will bring them back to the land I gave their ancestors.” 10 

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