1 Moreover the word of יהוה came unto Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu) the second time, while he was yet shut up in the court of the prison, saying,
2 “Thus saith יהוה the Maker thereof, יהוה who formed it, to establish it; יהוה is His name:
3 ‘Call unto Me, and I will answer you, and shew you great and mighty things, which you knowest not.’
4 “For thus saith יהוה, the God of Israel (Elohei Yisrael), concerning the houses of this city, and concerning the houses of the kings of Judah (Yehudah), which are thrown down by the mounts, and by the sword:
5 ‘They come to fight with the Chaldeans, but it is to fill them with the dead bodies of men, whom I have slain in Mine anger and in My fury, and for all whose wickedness I have hidden My face from this city.
6 Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.
7 And I will cause the captivity of Judah (Yehudah) and the captivity of Yisrael to return, and will build them, as at the first.
8 And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against Me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against Me.
9 ‘And it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise and an honor before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them; and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it.’
10 “Thus saith יהוה: ‘Again there shall be heard in this place, which you say shall be desolate without man and without beast, even in the cities of Judah (Yehudah), and in the streets of Jerusalem (Yerushalayim), that are desolate, without man, and without inhabitant, and without beast,
11 ‘The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say: “Praise יהוה of hosts (YHWH Tsevaot), for יהוה is good; for His mercy endureth forever.” And of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of יהוה. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first,’ saith יהוה.
12 “Thus saith יהוה of hosts (YHWH Tsevaot): Again in this place, which is desolate without man and without beast, and in all the cities thereof, shall be an habitation of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down.
13 ‘In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the vale, and in the cities of the south, and in the land of Benjamin (Binyamin), and in the places about Jerusalem (Yerushalayim), and in the cities of Judah (Yehudah), shall the flocks pass again under the hands of him that telleth them,’ saith יהוה.
14 ‘Behold, the days come,’ saith יהוה, ‘that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Yisrael and to the house of Judah (Yehudah):
15 ‘In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto Dawid; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.
16 In those days shall Judah (Yehudah) be saved, and Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) shall dwell safely. And this is the name wherewith she shall be called, יהוה Our Righteousness (YHWH Tsidqenu).
17 For thus saith יהוה: ‘Dawid shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Yisrael;
18 Neither shall the priests (kohanim) the Levites (Lewiyim) want a man before me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and to do sacrifice continually.’”
19 And the word of יהוה came unto Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu), saying,
20 “Thus saith יהוה: ‘If you can break My covenant of the day, and My covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season;
21 Then may also My covenant be broken with Dawid My servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites (Lewiyim) the priests (kohanim), My ministers.
22 ‘As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured; so will I multiply the seed of Dawid My servant, and the Levites (Lewiyim) that minister unto Me.’”
23 Moreover the word of יהוה came to Jeremiah (Yirmeyahu), saying,
24 Considerest you not what this people have spoken, saying, ‘The two families which יהוה hath chosen, He hath even cast them off’? Thus they have despised My people, that they should be no more a nation before them.
25 Thus saith יהוה: ‘If My covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth;
26 Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob (Yaaqov), and Dawid My servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Avraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Yaaqov). For I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them.’”