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Jeremiah 31:16-17


31:16 The Lord says to her, 1 

“Stop crying! Do not shed any more tears! 2 

For your heartfelt repentance 3  will be rewarded.

Your children will return from the land of the enemy.

I, the Lord, affirm it! 4 

31:17 Indeed, there is hope for your posterity. 5 

Your children will return to their own territory.

I, the Lord, affirm it! 6 

1 tn The words “to her” are not in the text but are implicit from the context. They are supplied in the translation for clarity.

2 tn Heb “Refrain your voice from crying and your eyes from tears.”

3 tn Heb “your work.” Contextually her “work” refers to her weeping and refusing to be comforted, that is, signs of genuine repentance (v. 15).

4 tn Heb “Oracle of the Lord.”

5 tn For this nuance for the Hebrew word אַחֲרִית (’akharit) see BDB 31 s.v. אַחֲרִית d and compare usage in Pss 37:38; 109:13. Others translate “your future” but the “future” lies with the return of her descendants, her posterity.

6 tn Heb “Oracle of the Lord.”

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