Bible: Jeremiah 30:1-9

Introduction to the Book of Consolation

30:1 The Lord spoke to Jeremiah. 1  30:2 The Lord God of Israel says, 2 Write everything that I am about to tell you in a scroll. 3  30:3 For I, the Lord, affirm 4  that the time will come when I will reverse the plight 5  of my people, Israel and Judah,’ says the Lord. ‘I will bring them back to the land I gave their ancestors 6  and they will take possession of it once again.’ 7 

Israel and Judah Will Be Delivered after a Time of Deep Distress

30:4 So here is what the Lord has to say about Israel and Judah. 8 

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 

says the Lord who rules over all, 16 

“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 Lord their God

and to the Davidic ruler whom I will raise up as king over them. 20 

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