I, the Lord, will punish you because you have denied that you have sinned.
I am merciful, says the Lord; I will not keep anger for ever.
I want you to call me father and never again turn away from me.
Return, all of you who have turned away fro m the Lord; he will heal you and make you faithful.
It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us form complete destruction.
(Jeremiah 3:22, Living Bible)
Wash the evil from your heart, so that you may be saved.
The Lord asks for faithfulness.
I will make my words like a fire in your mouth.
What do I care about incense from Sheba or sweet calamus from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable; your sacrifices do not please me.
Be fair in your treatment of one another.
Do you think that my Temple is a hiding place for robbers?
Is it I Whom they provoke to anger? says the Lord. Is it not themselves, whom they provoke to their own confusion and vexation and to their own shame?
My heart has been crushed because my people are crushed.”
I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight.
The Lord is the true God, he is the living God.
None of us are in charge of our own destiny; none of us have control over our own life.
I said, “Yes, Lord.”
You are the one who saves us.
(Jeremiah 14:8, Good News Bible)
You, Lord, are in the midst of us.
Your words filled my heart with joy and happiness.
(Jeremiah 15:16, Good News Bible)
Your words are what sustain me; they are food to my hungry soul.
(Jeremiah 15:16, Living Bible)
If you return, I will take you back.
(Jeremiah 15:19, Good News Bible)
Nothing is hidden from me.
(Jeremiah 16:17, Good News Bible)
I will condemn those who turn away from me and put their trust in human beings, in the strength of mortals. ... But I will bless the person who puts his trust in me. He is like a tree growing near a stream and sending out roots to the water.
Who can understand the human heart?
(Jeremiah 17:9, Good News Bible)
“I, the Lord, search the minds and test the hearts of people. I treat each of them according to the way they live, according to what they do.”
Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved.
Turn back from your evil paths and do what is right.
(Jeremiah 18:11, Living Bible)
Your message is like a fire burning deep within me. I try my best to hold it in, but can no longer keep it back.
(Jeremiah 20:9, Good News Bible)
Praise the Lord! He rescues the oppressed from the power of evil people.
I, the Lord, am giving you a choice between the way that leads to life and the way that leads to death.
See that justice is done every day.
Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of his oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence.
“I swear by myself.”
Don’t weep for the dead!
(Jeremiah 22:10, Living Bible)
Doomed is the one who builds his house by injustice and enlarges it by dishonesty.
(Jeremiah 22:13, Good News Bible)
Does it make you a better kind if you build houses of cedar, finer than those of others?
(Jeremiah 22:15, Good News Bible)
A beautiful palace does not make a great king.
(Jeremiah 22:15, Living Bible)
“Am I only a God nearby,” declares the Lord, “and not a God far away? Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the Lord. “Do I not fill heaven and earth?”
My message is like a fire and like a hammer that breaks rocks in pieces.
I will give them hearts that respond to me. They shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with great joy.
(Jeremiah 24:7, Living Bible)
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
I will discipline you but only with justice.
The Lord’s anger is a storm.
(Jeremiah 30:23, Good News Bible)
Proclaim my words on the far-off shores
I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them and make them rejoice after their sorrow.
I have created something new and different.
I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.
I will put my law within them and write it on their hearts.
I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
I will give them a single purpose I life: to honor me for all time, for their own good and the good of their descendants.
“Call to me and I will answer you; I will tell you wonderful and marvelous things that you know nothing about.”
I am the living God.
When I punish you, I will be fair.
A curse on him who is lax in doing the Lord’s work!
Your pride has deceived you.
My people have been lost sheep.
I will forgive those people whose lives I have spared.
Babylonia is a land of terrifying idols that have made fools of the people.
(Jeremiah 50:38, Good News Bible)
Those who make idols are disillusioned because the gods they make are false and lifeless.
(Jeremiah 51:17, Good News Bible)
Though you are far from home, think about me, your Lord.
The Lord is the God of retribution.