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THE SCROLL OF COMFORT
Healing and restoration for my people
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.
10So don’t be afraid, my servant Jacob,
declares the Lord,
Don’t lose hope, Israel.
I will deliver you from faraway places
and your children from the land of their exile.
My people Jacob will again be safe and sound,
with no one harassing them.
11I am with you and will rescue you,
declares the Lord.
I will put an end to all the nations
where I have scattered you.
But I won’t put an end to you.
I won’t let you remain unpunished:
I will discipline you as you deserve.
12This is what the Lord says:
Your injury is incurable;
your illness is grave.
13No one comes to your aid;
no one attends to your wound;
your disease is incurable.
14All your lovers disregard you;
they write you off as a lost cause,
because I have dealt harshly with you
as an enemy would,
because your guilt is great
and your sins are many.
15Why cry out for relief from your pain?
Your wound is incurable.
I have done these things to you,
because your guilt is great
and your sins are many.
16Yet all who ravage you will be ravaged;
all who oppress you will go into exile.
Those who rob you will be robbed,
and all who plunder you will be plundered.
17I will restore your health,
and I will heal your wounds,
declares the Lord,
because you were labeled an outcast,
"Zion, the lost cause."
18The Lord proclaims:
I will restore Jacob’s tents
and have pity on their birthplace.
Their city will be rebuilt on its ruins
and the palace in its rightful place.
19There will be laughter
and songs of thanks.
I will add to their numbers
so they don’t dwindle away.
I will honor them
so they aren’t humiliated.
20Their children will thrive as they did long ago,
and their community will be established before me.
I will punish their oppressors.
21They will have their own leader;
their ruler will come from among them.
I will let him approach me,
and he will draw near.
Who would dare approach me
unless I let them come?
declares the Lord.
22You will be my people,
and I will be your God.
23Look! The Lord’s anger breaks out like a violent storm,
a fierce wind that strikes the heads of the wicked.
24The Lord’s fierce anger won’t turn back
until God’s#Or his or its purposes are entirely accomplished.
In the days to come,
you will understand what this means.
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