CLV(i) 1 At that time, an affirmation of Yahweh, I am for Elohim to all families of Israel, And they--they are to Me for a people." 2 Thus said Yahweh:Found grace in the wilderness Has a people remaining from the sword Going to cause it to rest--Israel. 3 From afar Yahweh has appeared to me, With love eonian I have loved you, Therefore I have drawn you [with] kindness." 4 Again do I build you, And you have been built, O virgin of Israel, Again you put on your tabrets, And have gone out in the chorus of the playful." 5 Again you do plant vineyards In mountains of Samaria, Planters have planted, and made common." 6 For there is a day, Cried have watchmen on mount Ephraim, `Rise, and we go up to Zion, unto Yahweh our Elohim;" 7 For thus said Yahweh:Sing, O you to Jacob, [with] joy, And cry aloud at the head of the nations, Sound you, praise you, and say, Save, O Yahweh, your people, the remnant of Israel." 8 Lo, I am bringing them in from the north country, And have gathered them from the sides of the earth, Among them [are] blind and lame, Conceiving and travailing one--together, A great assembly--they turn back hither." 9 With weeping they come in, And with supplications I bring them, I cause them to go unto streams of waters, In a right way--they stumble not in it, For I have been to Israel for a father, And Ephraim--My first-born [is] he." 10 Hear a word of Yahweh, O nations, And declare you among isles afar off, and say:He who is scattering Israel does gather him, And has kept him as a shepherd [does] his flock, 11 For Yahweh has ransomed Jacob, And redeemed him from a hand stronger than he." 12 And they have come in, And have sung in the high place of Zion, And flowed unto the goodness of Yahweh, For wheat, and for new wine, and for oil, And for the young of the flock and herd, And their soul has been as a watered garden, And they add not to grieve any more." 13 Then rejoice does a virgin in a chorus, Both young men and old men--together, And I have turned their mourning to joy, And have comforted them, And gladdened them above their sorrow, 14 And satisfied the soul of the priests [with] fatness, And My people with My goodness are satisfied, An affirmation of Yahweh." 15 Thus said Yahweh, A voice in Ramah is heard, wailing, weeping most bitter, Rachel is weeping for her sons, She has refused to be comforted for her sons, because they are not." 16 Thus said Yahweh:Withhold your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, For there is a reward for your work, An affirmation of Yahweh, And they have turned back from the land of the enemy." 17 And there is hope for your latter end, An affirmation of Yahweh, And the sons have turned back [to] their border." 18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself, `You have chastised me, And I am chastised, as a heifer not taught, Turn me back, and I turn back, For you [are] Yahweh my Elohim." 19 For after my turning back I repented, And after my being instructed I struck on the thigh, I have been ashamed, I have also blushed, For I have borne the reproach of my youth." 20 A precious son is Ephraim to Me? A child of delights? For since My speaking against him, I do thoroughly remember him still, Therefore have My bowels been moved for him, I do greatly love him, An affirmation of Yahweh." 21 Set up for you signs, make for you heaps, Set your heart to the highway, the way you went, Turn back, O virgin of Israel, Turn back unto these your cities." 22 Till when do you withdraw yourself, O backsliding daughter? For Yahweh has prepared a new thing in the land, Woman does compass man." 23 Thus said Yahweh of Hosts, Elohim of Israel, Still they say this word in the land of Judah, And in its cities, In My turning back [to] their captivity, Yahweh does bless you, habitation of righteousness, Mountain of holiness." 24 And dwelt in Judah have husbandmen, and in all its cities together, And they have journeyed in order." 25 For I have satiated the weary soul, And every grieved soul I have filled.'" 26 On this I have awaked, and I behold, and my sleep has been sweet to me." 27 Lo, days are coming, an affirmation of Yahweh, And I have sown the house of Israel, And the house of Judah, With seed of man, and seed of beast." 28 And it has been, as I watched over them to pluck up, And to break down, and to throw down, And to destroy, and to afflict; So do I watch over them to build, and to plant, An affirmation of Yahweh." 29 In those days they do not say any more:Fathers have eaten unripe fruit, And the sons' teeth are blunted." 30 But--each for his own iniquity does die, Every man who is eating the unripe fruit, Blunted are his teeth." 31 Lo, days are coming, an affirmation of Yahweh, And I have made with the house of Israel And with the house of Judah a new covenant, 32 Not like the covenant that I made with their fathers, In the day of My laying hold on their hand, To bring them out of the land of Egypt, In that they made void My covenant, And I ruled over them--an affirmation of Yahweh." 33 For this [is] the covenant that I make, With the house of Israel, after those days, An affirmation of Yahweh, I have given My law in their inward part, And on their heart I do write it, And I have been to them for Elohim, And they are to me for a people." 34 And they do not teach any more Each his neighbor, and each his brother, Saying, Know you Yahweh, For they all know Me, from their least unto their greatest, An affirmation of Yahweh; For I pardon their iniquity, And of their sin I make mention no more." 35 Thus said Yahweh, Who is giving the sun for a light by day, The statutes of moon and stars for a light by night, Quieting the sea when its billows roar, Yahweh of Hosts [is] His name:" 36 If these statutes depart from before Me, An affirmation of Yahweh, Even the seed of Israel does cease From being a nation before Me all the days." 37 Thus said Yahweh:If the heavens above be measured, And the foundations of earth below searched, Even I kick against all the seed of Israel, For all that they have done, An affirmation of Yahweh." 38 Lo, days [are coming], an affirmation of Yahweh, And the city has been built to Yahweh, From the tower of Hananeel to the gate of the corner." 39 And gone out again has the measuring line Over-against it, unto the height of Gareb, And it has compassed to Goah." 40 And all the valley of the carcases and of the ashes, And all the fields unto the brook Kidron, Unto the corner of the horse-gate eastward, [Are] holy to Yahweh, it is not plucked up, Nor is it thrown down any more to the eon!"