Bible: Jeremiah 31:31-40

31:31Indeed, a time is coming,” says the Lord, 1  “when I will make a new covenant 2  with the people of Israel and Judah. 3  31:32 It will not be like the old 4  covenant that I made with their ancestors 5  when I delivered them 6  from Egypt. For they violated that covenant, even though I was like a faithful husband to them,” 7  says the Lord. 8  31:33 But I will make a new covenant with the whole nation of Israel 9  after I plant them back in the land,” 10  says the Lord. 11  “I will 12  put my law within them 13  and write it on their hearts and minds. 14  I will be their God and they will be my people. 15 

31:34People will no longer need to teach their neighbors and relatives to know me. 16  For all of them, from the least important to the most important, will know me,” 17  says the Lord. “For 18  I will forgive their sin and will no longer call to mind the wrong they have done.”

The Lord Guarantees Israel’s Continuance

31:35 The Lord has made a promise to Israel.

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 Lord who rules over all. 19 

31:36 The Lord affirms, 20 The descendants of Israel will not

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.” 21 

31:37 The Lord says, “I will not reject all the descendants of Israel

because of all that they have done. 22 

That could only happen if the heavens above could be measured

or the foundations of the earth below could all be explored,” 23 

says the Lord. 24 

Jerusalem Will Be Enlarged

31:38Indeed a time is coming,” 25  says the Lord, 26  “when the city of Jerusalem 27  will be rebuilt as my special city. 28  It will be built from the Tower of Hananel westward to the Corner Gate. 29  31:39 The boundary line will extend beyond that, straight west from there to the Hill of Gareb and then turn southward to Goah. 30  31:40 The whole valley where dead bodies and sacrificial ashes are thrown 31  and all the terraced fields 32  out to the Kidron Valley 33  on the east as far north 34  as the Horse Gate 35  will be included within this city that is sacred to the Lord. 36  The city will never again be torn down or destroyed.”

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