Jeremiah 30

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, affirm4 that the time will come when I will reverse the plight5 of my people, Israel and Judah,’ says the Lord. ‘I will bring them back to the land I gave their ancestors6 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 like12 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 subject19 to the Lord their God

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

30:10 So I, the Lord, tell you not to be afraid,

you descendants of Jacob, my servants.21

Do not be terrified, people of Israel.

For I will rescue you and your descendants

from a faraway land where you are captives.22

The descendants of Jacob will return to their land and enjoy peace.

They will be secure and no one will terrify them.23

30:11 For I, the Lord, affirm24 that

I will be with you and will rescue you.

I will completely destroy all the nations where I scattered you.

But I will not completely destroy you.

I will indeed discipline you, but only in due measure.

I will not allow you to go entirely unpunished.”25

The Lord Will Heal the Wounds of Judah

30:12 Moreover,26 the Lord says to the people of Zion,27

“Your injuries are incurable;

your wounds are severe.28

30:13 There is no one to plead your cause.

There are no remedies for your wounds.29

There is no healing for you.

30:14 All your allies have abandoned you.30

They no longer have any concern for you.

For I have attacked you like an enemy would.

I have chastened you cruelly.

For your wickedness is so great

and your sin is so much.31

30:15 Why do you complain about your injuries,

that your pain is incurable?

I have done all this to you

because your wickedness is so great

and your sin is so much.

30:16 But32 all who destroyed you will be destroyed.

All your enemies will go into exile.

Those who plundered you will be plundered.

I will cause those who pillaged you to be pillaged.33

30:17 Yes,34 I will restore you to health.

I will heal your wounds.

I, the Lord, affirm it!35

For you have been called an outcast,

Zion, whom no one cares for.”

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.36

Every city will be rebuilt on its former ruins.37

Every fortified dwelling will occupy its traditional site.38

30:19 Out of those places you will hear songs of thanksgiving39

and the sounds of laughter and merriment.

I will increase their number and they will not dwindle away.40

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 favor41

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.42

I will invite him to approach me, and he will do so.43

For no one would dare approach me on his own.44

I, the Lord, affirm it!45

30:22 Then you will again be my people

and I will be your God.46

30:23 Just watch! The wrath of the Lord

will come like a storm.

Like a raging storm it will rage down

on the heads of those who are wicked.

30:24 The anger of the Lord will not turn back

until he has fully carried out his intended purposes.

In days to come you will come to understand this.47

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