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1Jeremiah received the LORD’s word: 2The LORD, the God of Israel, proclaims: Write down in a scroll all the words I have spoken to you. 3The time is coming, declares the LORD, when I will bring back my people Israel and Judah from captivity,#Or restore the fortunes says the LORD. I will bring them home to the land that I gave to their ancestors, and they will possess it. 4Here are the words that the LORD spoke concerning Israel and Judah:
5The LORD proclaims:
I#Or We hear screams of panic and terror;
no one is safe.
6Ask and see:
Can men bear children?
Then why do I see every man
bent over in pain,#Or with his hands on his groin as if he’s in labor?
Why have all turned pale?
7That day is awful, beyond words.
A time of unspeakable pain
for my people Jacob.
But they will be delivered from it.
8At that time, I will break the yoke off their#Or your necks and remove their#Or your shackles. Foreigners will no longer enslave them, declares the LORD of heavenly forces. 9They will serve the LORD their God and the king whom I will raise up for them from David’s family.
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