30 The word that occurred to Jeremiah from Jehovah, saying: 2 “This is what Jehovah the God of Israel has said, ‘Write for yourself in a book all the words that I will speak to you.+ 3 For, “look! there are days coming,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “and I will gather the captive ones of my people, Israel and Judah,”+ Jehovah has said, “and I will bring them back to the land that I gave to their forefathers, and they will certainly repossess it.”’”+ 4 And these are the words that Jehovah has spoken to Israel and to Judah. 5 For this is what Jehovah has said: “The sound of trembling we have heard, dread,+ and there is no peace. 6 Ask, please, O men, and see whether a male is giving birth. Why is it that I have seen every able-bodied man with his hands upon his loins like a female that is giving birth,+ and all faces have turned pale?+ 7 Alas! For that day is a great one,+ so that there is no other like it,+ and it is the time of distress for Jacob.+ But he will be saved even out of it.” 8 “And it must occur in that day,” is the utterance of Jehovah of armies, “that I shall break one’s yoke from off your neck, and your bands I shall tear in two,+ and no more will strangers exploit him as a servant. 9 And they will certainly serve Jehovah their God and David their king,+ whom I shall raise up for them.”+ 10 “And as for you, do not be afraid, O my servant Jacob,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “and do not be struck with terror, O Israel.+ For here I am saving you from far off and your offspring from the land of their captivity.+ And Jacob will certainly return and be free of disturbance and be at ease, and there will be no one causing trembling.”+ 11 “For I am with you,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “to save you;+ but I shall make an extermination among all the nations to which I have scattered you.+ However, in your case I shall make no extermination.+ And I shall have to correct you to the proper degree, as I shall by no means leave you unpunished.”+ 12 For this is what Jehovah has said: “There is no cure for your* breakdown.+ Your stroke is chronic.+ 13 There is no one pleading your cause, for [your] ulcer.+ There are no means of healing, no mending, for you.+ 14 All those intensely loving you are the ones that have forgotten you.+ You are not the one for whom they keep searching. For with the stroke of an enemy I have struck you,+ with the chastisement of someone cruel,+ on account of the abundance of your error;+ your sins have become numerous.+ 15 Why do you cry out on account of your breakdown?+ Your pain is incurable on account of the abundance of your error; your sins have become numerous.+ I have done these things to you. 16 Therefore all those devouring you will themselves be devoured;+ and as for all your adversaries, into captivity they will all of them go.+ And those pillaging you* will certainly come to be for pillaging, and all those plundering you I shall give over to plundering.”+ 17 “For I shall bring up a recuperation for you, and from your strokes I shall heal you,”+ is the utterance of Jehovah. “For a woman chased away is what they called you:+ ‘That is Zion, for whom no one is searching.’”+ 18 This is what Jehovah has said: “Here I am gathering the captive ones of the tents of Jacob,+ and for his tabernacles I shall have pity. And the city will actually be rebuilt upon her mound;+ and upon its rightful site the dwelling tower itself will sit.+ 19 And from them there will certainly go forth thanksgiving, and the sound of those who are laughing.+ And I will multiply them, and they will not become few;+ and I will make them heavy in number, and they will not become insignificant.+ 20 And his sons must become as in former times, and before me his own assembly will be firmly established.+ And I will turn my attention upon all his oppressors.+ 21 And his majestic one will certainly come to be from him,+ and from the midst of him his own ruler will go forth;+ and I will cause him to come near, and he must approach to me.”+ “For who, now, is this one that has given his heart in pledge in order to approach to me?”+ is the utterance of Jehovah. 22 “And YOU will certainly become my people,+ and I myself shall become YOUR God.”+ 23 Look! A windstorm of Jehovah, rage itself, has gone forth, an onward-sweeping tempest.*+ Upon the head of the wicked ones it will whirl.+ 24 The burning anger of Jehovah will not turn back until he will have executed and until he will have carried out the ideas of his heart.+ In the final part of the days YOU people will give YOUR consideration to it.+
^ “Your,” fem. sing., referring to the city of Zion.
^ See vs 12 ftn.
^ Or, “a roaring tempest.”