Jeremiah 23:1-8

A son of David will rule one day. He will rule in the right way.

1 ‘I will cause trouble to the rulers who are destroying my people. They cause them to run away,’ the Lord says. 2 So he says to them, ‘You rulers should care for my people as a shepherd cares for his sheep. I will punish you because you have done this evil thing. You have caused my people to run away to many different places. You have not cared for them,’ says the Lord.

3 ‘I myself will fetch all my people who are still alive. I will fetch them from the countries that they ran to. I will bring them back to their own country. There they will have children and they will grow in number. 4 I will give to them rulers who will take care of them properly. My people will not be afraid. Each one of them will be kept safe,’ says the Lord.

5 ‘The time is coming,’ says the Lord,

‘when I will give a good son to David's descendants.

He will rule in a right way and with understanding.

He will judge fairly in the country.

6 When he is ruling, Judah will be safe.

And Israel will not be afraid then.

People will give this name to him:

“The Lord makes us right and good”.’

7 ‘People will speak in a new way at a future time,’ says the Lord. ‘They will not say again, “I promise you as surely as the Lord lives, the Lord who brought Israel's people out of Egypt.” 8 Instead, they will say, “I promise you as surely as the Lord lives, who brought Israel's descendants out of the countries in the north. And he brought them out of all the countries that he had sent them to.” Then they will live in their own land.’