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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Jeremiah 30:1-24

30  The word that came to Jeremiah from Jehovah, 2  “Says Israel’s God Jehovah, Write all these words that I have spoken to you in a book. 3*  For here are days coming, quoth Jehovah, when I will come back to my people Israel and Judah, says Jehovah, and bring them back to the country I gave their fathers, and they shall possess it.” 4  And these are the words Jehovah has spoken of Israel and Judah. 5*  For Jehovah says, A sound of panic I hear, terror and unpeace. 6  Ask and see if a male bears a child! how comes it I see every man with his hands on his hips like a childbearing woman, and all faces are turned green? 7  Ha, for that day is great beyond comparison! and it is a time of distress for Jacob, but he shall be saved out of it. 8  And on that day, quoth Jehovah of Armies, I will break his yoke off your neck and snap your tether. And strangers shall no longer exploit them; 9  but they shall serve their God Jehovah and their king David, whom I will raise up for them. 10  And do not you be afraid, my servant Jacob, quoth Jehovah, and do not be dismayed, Israel, because here I am saving you out of distant places and your stock out of the country of their captivity, and Jacob shall come back to living quietly and at ease with nobody to alarm him; 11  for I am with you to save you, quoth Jehovah. For I will make an end among all the nations where I have scattered you, only not make an end of you, but discipline you duly and not let you off. 12  For Jehovah says, Your broken bones are in a desperate state, your wound is gangrened. 13*  There is no one to take your part; you have no cure of healing over for the fester. 14*  All your lovers have forgotten you; they are not looking you up; for I have dealt you an enemy’s blow, a cruel punishment, for the multiplicity of your guilt, the enormity of your sins. 15  Why do you cry out over your broken bones? your sore is desperate; for the multiplicity of your guilt, the enormity of your sins, I have done these things to you. 16  So all who eat you shall be eaten, and all your foes shall go into slavery, and your pillagers shall be for pillage, and all your plunderers I will give up to plunder. 17  For I will make sound flesh grow up in you, and cure you of your wounds, quoth Jehovah. Because they call you a stray, “she is fair game for us, no one is looking out for her,” 18*  Jehovah says “Here I am coming back to Jacob’s tents and will take pity on his lodges; and a city shall be rebuilt on its old site and a palace duly occupied, 19  and out of them will come praise and the voice of merrymakers; and I will multiply them so that they shall not be few and augment them so that they shall not be puny. 20  And his sons shall be as they primitively were, and his community shall be firmly seated before me, and I will punish all his oppressors; 21  and his dominator shall be, one of his own number and his ruler shall come out of his own midst, and I will grant him access and he shall approach me; for who is there that guarantees his courage to approach me? quoth Jehovah.” 22*  —— 23  Here has Jehovah’s tempest-blast come out in ire, a swirling tempest that will light on wicked men’s heads; 24  Jehovah’s anger will not turn back till he has executed and realized the designs of his heart. In the future days you will come to an understanding of it.


30:3 Or bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity Or restore my people Israel and Judah
30:5 Codd. we hear Var. you shall hear
30:13 Conj. There is no cure for the fester, no healing over for you.
30:14 Var. they are not looking out for your health
30:18 Or am restoring Jacob’s tents
30:22 Var. adds verse 22 And I will have them for my people, and they shall have me for their God.