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And the young men and the old together;
For I will turn their mourning into joy,
And will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.
14And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness,
And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness,
Saith the Lord.
15Thus saith the Lord:
A voice is heard in Ramah,
Lamentation, and bitter weeping,
Rachel weeping for her children;
She refuseth to be comforted for her children,
Because they are not.
16Thus saith the Lord:
Refrain thy voice from weeping,
And thine eyes from tears;
For thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord;
And they shall come back from the land of the enemy.
17And there is hope for thy future, saith the Lord;
And thy children shall return to their own border.
18I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself:
'Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised,
As a calf untrained;
Turn thou me, and I shall be turned,
For Thou art the Lord my God.
19Surely after that I was turned, I repented,
And after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh;
I was ashamed, yea, even confounded,
Because I did bear the reproach of my youth.'
20Is Ephraim a darling son unto Me?
Is he a child that is dandled?
For as often as I speak of him,
I do earnestly remember him still;
Therefore My heart yearneth for him,
I will surely have compassion upon him, saith the Lord.
21Set thee up waymarks,
Make thee guide-posts;
Set thy heart toward the highway,
Even the way by which thou wentest;
Return, O virgin of Israel,
Return to these thy cities.
22How long wilt thou turn away coyly,
O thou backsliding daughter?
For the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth:
A woman shall court a man.
23Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:
Yet again shall they use this speech
In the land of Judah and in the cities thereof,
When I shall turn their captivity:
'The Lord bless thee, O habitation of righteousness,
O mountain of holiness.'
24And Judah and all the cities thereof
Shall dwell therein together:
The husbandmen, and they that go forth with flocks.
25For I have satiated the weary soul,
And every pining soul have I replenished.
26Upon this I awaked, and beheld;
And my sleep was sweet unto me.

27Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast. 28And it shall come to pass,