Day 235 of 365 - August 23 - Chronological Bible

Jeremiah 33:10,11

The Lord Promises Peace

“Thus says the Lord: In this place of which you say, ‘It is a waste without man or beast,’ in the cities of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without man or inhabitant or beast, there shall be heard again the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voices of those who sing, as they bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord:

 “‘Give thanks to the Lord of hosts,

for the Lord is good,

for his steadfast love endures forever!’

For I will restore the fortunes of the land as at first, says the Lord.

Jeremiah 33:12,13

“Thus says the Lord of hosts: In this place that is waste, without man or beast, and in all of its cities, there shall again be habitations of shepherds resting their flocks. In the cities of the hill country, in the cities of the Shephelah, and in the cities of the Negeb, in the land of Benjamin, the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, flocks shall again pass under the hands of the one who counts them, says the Lord.

Jeremiah 30:1-3

Restoration for Israel and Judah

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you. For behold, days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will restore the fortunes of my people, Israel and Judah, says the Lord, and I will bring them back to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall take possession of it.”

Jeremiah 30:4-11

Jacob Shall Return

These are the words that the Lord spoke concerning Israel and Judah:

“Thus says the Lord:

"We have heard a cry of panic,

of terror, and no peace.

Ask now, and see,

can a man bear a child?

Why then do I see every man

with his hands on his stomach

like a woman in labor?

Why has every face turned pale?

Alas! That day is so great

there is none like it;

it is a time of distress for Jacob;

yet he shall be saved out of it.

“And it shall come to pass in that day,

declares the Lord of hosts,

that I will break his yoke from

off your neck,

and I will burst your bonds,

and foreigners shall no more

make a servant of him.

But they shall serve the Lord their God

and David their king,

whom I will raise up for them.

“Then fear not, O Jacob my servant,

declares the Lord,

nor be dismayed, O Israel;

for behold, I will save you from far away,

and your offspring from the land

of their captivity.

Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease,

and none shall make him afraid.

For I am with you to save you,

declares the Lord;

I will make a full end of all the nations

among whom I scattered you,

but of you I will not make a full end.

I will discipline you in just measure,

and I will by no means leave you unpunished.

Jeremiah 30:12-15

“For thus says the Lord:

"Your hurt is incurable,

and your wound is grievous.

There is none to uphold your cause,

no medicine for your wound,

no healing for you.

All your lovers have forgotten you;

they care nothing for you;

for I have dealt you the blow of an enemy,

the punishment of a merciless foe,

because your guilt is great,

because your sins are flagrant.

Why do you cry out over your hurt?

Your pain is incurable.

Because your guilt is great,

because your sins are flagrant,

I have done these things to you.

Jeremiah 30:16,17

Wounds Will be Healed

"Therefore all who devour you

shall be devoured,

and all your foes, every one of them,

shall go into captivity;

those who plunder you shall be plundered,

and all who prey on you I will make a prey.

For I will restore health to you,

and your wounds I will heal,

declares the Lord,

because they have called you an outcast:

‘It is Zion, for whom no one cares!’

Jeremiah 30:18-24

“Thus says the Lord: Behold,

"I will restore the fortunes

of the tents of Jacob

and have compassion on his dwellings;

the city shall be rebuilt on its mound,

and the palace shall stand where

it used to be.

Out of them shall come songs of thanksgiving,

and the voices of those who celebrate.

I will multiply them,

and they shall not be few;

I will make them honored,

and they shall not be small.

Their children shall be as they were of old,

and their congregation shall be

established before me,

and I will punish all who oppress them.

Their prince shall be one of themselves;

their ruler shall come out from their midst;

I will make him draw near,

and he shall approach me,

for who would dare of himself

to approach me?

declares the Lord.

"And you shall be my people,

and I will be your God.”

Behold the storm of the Lord!

Wrath has gone forth,

a whirling tempest;

it will burst upon the head

of the wicked.

The fierce anger of the Lord

will not turn back

until he has executed

and accomplished the intentions

of his mind.

In the latter days

you will understand this.

Jeremiah 31:1-14

The Lord Will Turn Mourning to Joy

“At that time, declares the Lord, I will be the God of all the clans of Israel, and they shall be my people.”

Thus says the Lord:

“The people who survived the sword

found grace in the wilderness;

when Israel sought for rest."

The Lord appeared to him from far away.

"I have loved you with an everlasting love;

therefore I have continued

my faithfulness to you.

Again I will build you,

and you shall be built, O virgin Israel!

Again you shall adorn yourself with tambourines

and shall go forth in the dance

of the merrymakers.

Again you shall plant vineyards

on the mountains of Samaria;

the planters shall plant

and shall enjoy the fruit.

For there shall be a day when watchmen

will call in the hill country of Ephraim:

‘Arise, and let us go up to Zion,

to the Lord our God.’”

For thus says the Lord:

“Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,

and raise shouts for the chief

of the nations; proclaim,

give praise, and say,

‘O Lord, save your people,

the remnant of Israel.’

Behold, I will bring them from

the north country

and gather them from the farthest

parts of the earth,

among them the blind and the lame,

the pregnant woman

and she who is in labor,

together; a great company,

they shall return here.

With weeping they shall come,

and with pleas for mercy

I will lead them back,

I will make them walk by brooks of water,

in a straight path in which

they shall not stumble,

for I am a father to Israel,

and Ephraim is my firstborn.

“Hear the word of the Lord, O nations,

and declare it in the coastlands far away; say,

‘He who scattered Israel will gather him,

and will keep him as a shepherd

keeps his flock.’

For the Lord has ransomed Jacob

and has redeemed him from hands

too strong for him.

They shall come and sing aloud

on the height of Zion,

and they shall be radiant over the goodness

of the Lord,

over the grain, the wine, and the oil,

and over the young of the flock

and the herd;

their life shall be like a watered garden,

and they shall languish no more.

Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance,

and the young men and the old shall be merry.

I will turn their mourning into joy;

I will comfort them,

and give them gladness for sorrow.

I will feast the soul of the priests with abundance,

and my people shall be satisfied

with my goodness,

declares the Lord.”

Jeremiah 31:15-17

Thus says the Lord:

“A voice is heard in Ramah,

lamentation and bitter weeping.

Rachel is weeping for her children;

she refuses to be comforted for her children,

because they are no more.”

Thus says the Lord:

“Keep your voice from weeping,

and your eyes from tears,

for there is a reward for your work."

declares the Lord,

"and they shall come back from

the land of the enemy.

There is hope for your future,"

declares the Lord,

"and your children shall come back

to their own country.

Jeremiah 31:18-25

"I have heard Ephraim grieving,

‘You have disciplined me,

and I was disciplined,

like an untrained calf;

bring me back that I may be restored,

for you are the Lord my God.

For after I had turned away,

I relented,

and after I was instructed,

I slapped my thigh;

I was ashamed, and I was confounded,

because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’

Is Ephraim my dear son?

Is he my darling child?

For as often as I speak against him,

I do remember him still.

Therefore my heart yearns for him;

I will surely have mercy on him,"

declares the Lord.

“Set up road markers for yourself;

make yourself guideposts;

consider well the highway,

the road by which you went.

Return, O virgin Israel,

return to these your cities.

How long will you waver,

O faithless daughter?

For the Lord has created a new thing

on the earth: a woman encircles a man.”

Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Once more they shall use these words in the land of Judah and in its cities, when I restore their fortunes:

“‘The Lord bless you, O habitation of righteousness, O holy hill!’ And Judah and all its cities shall dwell there together, and the farmers and those who wander with their flocks. For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.”

At this I awoke and looked, and my sleep was pleasant to me.

Holy Bible, English Standard Version,

as arranged in chronological order by F. Legard Smith

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