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Jeremiah chapter 31

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"At that time, says the LORD, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people."
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Thus says the LORD: "The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when Israel sought for rest,
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the LORD appeared to him from afar. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
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Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin Israel! Again you shall adorn yourself with timbrels, and shall go forth in the dance of the merrymakers.
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Again you shall plant vineyards upon the mountains of Sama'ria; the planters shall plant, and shall enjoy the fruit.
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For there shall be a day when watchmen will call in the hill country of E'phraim: `Arise, and let us go up to Zion, to the LORD our God.'"
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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, `The LORD has saved his people, the remnant of Israel.'
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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 woman with child and her who is in travail, together; a great company, they shall return here.
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With weeping they shall come, and with consolations 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 E'phraim is my first-born.
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"Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands afar off; say, `He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.'
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For the LORD has ransomed Jacob, and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.
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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.
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Then shall the maidens 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.
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I will feast the soul of the priests with abundance, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, says the LORD."
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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 not."
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Thus says the LORD: "Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for your work shall be rewarded, says the LORD, and they shall come back from the land of the enemy.
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There is hope for your future, says the LORD, and your children shall come back to their own country.
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I have heard E'phraim bemoaning, `Thou hast chastened me, and I was chastened, like an untrained calf; bring me back that I may be restored, for thou art the LORD my God.
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For after I had turned away I repented; and after I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh; I was ashamed, and I was confounded, because I bore the disgrace of my youth.'
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Is E'phraim 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, says the LORD.
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"Set up waymarks for yourself, make yourself guideposts; consider well the highway, the road by which you went. Return, O virgin Israel, return to these your cities.
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How long will you waver, O faithless daughter? For the LORD has created a new thing on the earth: a woman protects a man."
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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!'
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And Judah and all its cities shall dwell there together, and the farmers and those who wander with their flocks.
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For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish."
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Thereupon I awoke and looked, and my sleep was pleasant to me.
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"Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and the seed of beast.
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And it shall come to pass that as I have watched over them to pluck up and break down, to overthrow, destroy, and bring evil, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, says the LORD.
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In those days they shall no longer say: `The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge.'
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But every one shall die for his own sin; each man who eats sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.
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"Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah,
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not like the covenant which I made with their fathers when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant which they broke, though I was their husband, says the LORD.
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But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
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And no longer shall each man teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, `Know the LORD,' for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."
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Thus says the LORD, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar--the LORD of hosts is his name:
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"If this fixed order departs from before me, says the LORD, then shall the descendants of Israel cease from being a nation before me for ever."
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Thus says the LORD: "If the heavens above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth below can be explored, then I will cast off all the descendants of Israel for all that they have done, says the LORD."
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"Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when the city shall be rebuilt for the LORD from the tower of Han'anel to the Corner Gate.
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And the measuring line shall go out farther, straight to the hill Gareb, and shall then turn to Go'ah.
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The whole valley of the dead bodies and the ashes, and all the fields as far as the brook Kidron, to the corner of the Horse Gate toward the east, shall be sacred to the LORD. It shall not be uprooted or overthrown any more for ever."

Jeremiah chapter 32

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The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the tenth year of Zedeki'ah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrez'zar.
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At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the guard which was in the palace of the king of Judah.
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For Zedeki'ah king of Judah had imprisoned him, saying, "Why do you prophesy and say, `Thus says the LORD: Behold, I am giving this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it;
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Zedeki'ah king of Judah shall not escape out of the hand of the Chalde'ans, but shall surely be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him face to face and see him eye to eye;
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and he shall take Zedeki'ah to Babylon, and there he shall remain until I visit him, says the LORD; though you fight against the Chalde'ans, you shall not succeed'?"
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Jeremiah said, "The word of the LORD came to me:
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Behold, Han'amel the son of Shallum your uncle will come to you and say, `Buy my field which is at An'athoth, for the right of redemption by purchase is yours.'
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Then Han'amel my cousin came to me in the court of the guard, in accordance with the word of the LORD, and said to me, `Buy my field which is at An'athoth in the land of Benjamin, for the right of possession and redemption is yours; buy it for yourself.' Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.
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"And I bought the field at An'athoth from Han'amel my cousin, and weighed out the money to him, seventeen shekels of silver.
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I signed the deed, sealed it, got witnesses, and weighed the money on scales.
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Then I took the sealed deed of purchase, containing the terms and conditions, and the open copy;
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and I gave the deed of purchase to Baruch the son of Neri'ah son of Mahsei'ah, in the presence of Han'amel my cousin, in the presence of the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, and in the presence of all the Jews who were sitting in the court of the guard.
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I charged Baruch in their presence, saying,
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`Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Take these deeds, both this sealed deed of purchase and this open deed, and put them in an earthenware vessel, that they may last for a long time.
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For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.'
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"After I had given the deed of purchase to Baruch the son of Neri'ah, I prayed to the LORD, saying:
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`Ah Lord GOD! It is thou who hast made the heavens and the earth by thy great power and by thy outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for thee,
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who showest steadfast love to thousands, but dost requite the guilt of fathers to their children after them, O great and mighty God whose name is the LORD of hosts,
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great in counsel and mighty in deed; whose eyes are open to all the ways of men, rewarding every man according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings;
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who hast shown signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, and to this day in Israel and among all mankind, and hast made thee a name, as at this day.
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Thou didst bring thy people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and wonders, with a strong hand and outstretched arm, and with great terror;
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and thou gavest them this land, which thou didst swear to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey;
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and they entered and took possession of it. But they did not obey thy voice or walk in thy law; they did nothing of all thou didst command them to do. Therefore thou hast made all this evil come upon them.
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Behold, the siege mounds have come up to the city to take it, and because of sword and famine and pestilence the city is given into the hands of the Chalde'ans who are fighting against it. What thou didst speak has come to pass, and behold, thou seest it.
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Yet thou, O Lord GOD, hast said to me, "Buy the field for money and get witnesses"--though the city is given into the hands of the Chalde'ans.'"
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The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:
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"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too hard for me?
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Therefore, thus says the LORD: Behold, I am giving this city into the hands of the Chalde'ans and into the hand of Nebuchadrez'zar king of Babylon, and he shall take it.
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The Chalde'ans who are fighting against this city shall come and set this city on fire, and burn it, with the houses on whose roofs incense has been offered to Ba'al and drink offerings have been poured out to other gods, to provoke me to anger.
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For the sons of Israel and the sons of Judah have done nothing but evil in my sight from their youth; the sons of Israel have done nothing but provoke me to anger by the work of their hands, says the LORD.
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This city has aroused my anger and wrath, from the day it was built to this day, so that I will remove it from my sight
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because of all the evil of the sons of Israel and the sons of Judah which they did to provoke me to anger--their kings and their princes, their priests and their prophets, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
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They have turned to me their back and not their face; and though I have taught them persistently they have not listened to receive instruction.
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They set up their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to defile it.
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They built the high places of Ba'al in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did it enter into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.
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"Now therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning this city of which you say, `It is given into the hand of the king of Babylon by sword, by famine, and by pestilence':
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Behold, I will gather them from all the countries to which I drove them in my anger and my wrath and in great indignation; I will bring them back to this place, and I will make them dwell in safety.
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And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
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I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for their own good and the good of their children after them.
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I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them; and I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me.
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I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.
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"For thus says the LORD: Just as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so I will bring upon them all the good that I promise them.
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Fields shall be bought in this land of which you are saying, It is a desolation, without man or beast; it is given into the hands of the Chalde'ans.
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Fields shall be bought for money, and deeds shall be signed and sealed and witnessed, in the land of Benjamin, in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, in the cities of the hill country, in the cities of the Shephe'lah, and in the cities of the Negeb; for I will restore their fortunes, says the LORD."

1 John chapter 4

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Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
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By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,
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and every spirit which does not confess Jesus is not of God. This is the spirit of antichrist, of which you heard that it was coming, and now it is in the world already.
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Little children, you are of God, and have overcome them; for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
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They are of the world, therefore what they say is of the world, and the world listens to them.
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We are of God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and he who is not of God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
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Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God.
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He who does not love does not know God; for God is love.
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In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
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In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins.
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Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
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No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
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By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his own Spirit.
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And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world.
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Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
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So we know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
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In this is love perfected with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so are we in this world.
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There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love.
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We love, because he first loved us.
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If any one says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.
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And this commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should love his brother also.