Bible: Jeremiah 30:18-22

The Lord Will Restore Israel and Judah

30:18 The Lord says,

I will restore the ruined houses of the descendants of Jacob.

I will show compassion on their ruined homes. 1 

Every city will be rebuilt on its former ruins. 2 

Every fortified dwelling will occupy its traditional site. 3 

30:19 Out of those places you will hear songs of thanksgiving 4 

and the sounds of laughter and merriment.

I will increase their number and they will not dwindle away. 5 

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 6 

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. 7 

I will invite him to approach me, and he will do so. 8 

For no one would dare approach me on his own. 9 

I, the Lord, affirm it! 10 

30:22 Then you will again be my people

and I will be your God. 11 

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