Jeremiah 3 New English Translation (NET Bible)
3 “If a man divorces his wife
and she leaves him and becomes another man’s wife,
6 When Josiah was king of Judah, the Lord said to me, “Jeremiah, you have no doubt seen what wayward Israel has done.[m] You have seen how she went up to every high hill and under every green tree to give herself like a prostitute to other gods.[n] 7 Yet even after she had done all that, I thought that she might come back to me.[o] But she did not. Her sister, unfaithful Judah, saw what she did.[p] 8 She also saw[q] that, because of wayward Israel’s adulterous worship of other gods,[r] I sent her away and gave her divorce papers. But still her unfaithful sister Judah was not afraid, and she too went and gave herself like a prostitute to other gods.[s] 9 Because she took her prostitution so lightly, she defiled the land[t] through her adulterous worship of gods made of wood and stone.[u] 10 In spite of all this,[v] Israel’s sister, unfaithful Judah, has not turned back to me with any sincerity; she has only pretended to do so,”[w] says the Lord. 11 Then the Lord said to me, “Under the circumstances, wayward Israel could even be considered less guilty than unfaithful Judah.[x]
The Lord Calls on Israel and Judah to Repent
12 “Go and shout this message to my people in the countries in the north.[y] Tell them:
‘Come back to me, wayward Israel,’ says the Lord.
14 “Come back to me, my wayward sons,” says the Lord, “for I am your true master.[ad] If you do,[ae] I will take one of you from each town and two of you from each family group, and I will bring you back to Zion. 15 I will give you leaders[af] who will be faithful to me.[ag] They will lead you with knowledge and insight. 16 In those days, your population will greatly increase[ah] in the land. At that time,” says the Lord, “people will no longer talk about having the ark[ai] that contains the Lord’s covenant with us.[aj] They will not call it to mind, remember it, or miss it. No, that will not be done anymore![ak] 17 At that time the city of Jerusalem will be called the Lord’s throne. All nations will gather there in Jerusalem to honor the Lord’s name.[al] They will no longer follow the stubborn inclinations of their own evil hearts.[am] 18 At that time[an] the nation of Judah and the nation of Israel will be reunited.[ao] Together they will come back from a land in the north to the land that I gave to your ancestors as a permanent possession.
19 “I thought to myself,[ap]