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My people will return weeping, praying as I lead them back. I will guide them to streams of water, on a smooth road where they will not stumble. I am like a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my oldest son."
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They shall come with weeping: and I will bring them back in mercy: and I will bring them through the torrents of waters in a right way, and they shall not stumble in it: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.
Jeremiah 3:4 Therefore at the least from this time call to me: Thou art my father, the guide of my virginity:
Jeremiah 50:4 In those days, and at that time, saith the Lord, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Juda together: going and weeping they shall make haste, and shall seek the Lord their God.
Psalm 126:5,6 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. . . .
Hosea 12:4 And he prevailed over the angel, and was strengthened: he wept, and made supplication to him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spoke with us.
Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour out upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace, and of prayers: and they shall look upon me, whom they have pierced: and they shall mourn for him as one mourneth for an only son, and they shall grieve over him, as the manner is to grieve for the death of the firstborn.
Daniel 9:17,18 Now, therefore, O our God, hear the supplication of thy servant, and his prayers: and shew thy face upon thy sanctuary, which is desolate, for thy own sake. . . .
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land.
Luke 6:21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for you shall laugh.
Romans 8:26 Likewise, the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity. For, we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit himself asketh for us with unspeakable groanings,
2 Corinthians 7:9-11 Now I am glad: not because you were made sorrowful, but because you were made sorrowful unto penance. For you were made sorrowful according to God, that you might suffer damage by us in nothing. . . .
Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, with a strong cry and tears, offering up prayers and supplications to him that was able to save him from death, was heard for his reverence.
Psalm 23:2 He hath set me in a place of pasture. He hath brought me up, on the water of refreshment:
Isaiah 35:6-8 Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall be free: for waters are broken out in the desert, and streams in the wilderness. . . .
Isaiah 41:17-19 The needy and the poor seek for waters, and there are none: their tongue hath been dry with thirst. I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. . . .
Isaiah 43:16-19 Thus saith the Lord, who made a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters. . . .
Isaiah 49:9-11 That thou mightest say to them that are bound: Come forth: and to them that are in darkness: Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in every plain. . . .
Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb, which is in the midst of the throne, shall rule them and shall lead them to the fountains of the waters of life: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Isaiah 40:3,4 The voice of one crying in the desert: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the wilderness the paths of our God. . . .
Isaiah 57:14 And I will say: Make a way: give free passage, turn out of the path, take away the stumblingblocks out of the way of my people.
Isaiah 63:13 He that led them out through the deep, as a horse in the wilderness that stumbleth not.
Matthew 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by Isaias the prophet, saying: A voice of one crying in the desert, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.
Luke 3:4-6 As it was written in the book of the sayings of Isaias the prophet: A voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. . . .
Hebrews 12:13 And make straight steps with your feet: that no one, halting, may go out of the way; but rather be healed.
Jeremiah 31:20 Surely Ephraim is an honourable son to me, surely he is a tender child: for since I spoke of him, I will still remember him. Therefore are my bowels troubled for him: pitying I will pity him, saith the Lord.
Jeremiah 3:4,19 Therefore at the least from this time call to me: Thou art my father, the guide of my virginity: . . .
Exodus 4:22 And thou shalt say to him: Thus saith the Lord: Israel is my son, my firstborn.
Deuteronomy 32:6 Is this the return thou makest to the Lord, O foolish and senseless people? Is not he thy father, that hath possessed thee, and made thee, and created thee?
1 Chronicles 29:10 And he blessed the Lord before all the multitude, and he said: Blessed art thou, O Lord the God of Israel, our father from eternity to eternity.
Isaiah 63:16 For thou art our father, and Abraham hath not known us, and Israel hath been ignorant of us: thou, O Lord, art our father, our redeemer, from everlasting is thy name.
Isaiah 64:8 And now, O Lord, thou art our father, and we are clay: and thou art our maker, and we all are the works of thy hands.
Matthew 6:9 Thus therefore shall you pray: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
2 Corinthians 6:18 And I will receive you. And will be a Father to you: and you shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
Hebrews 12:23 And to the church of the firstborn who are written in the heavens, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the just made perfect,
Ezekiel 34:12-14 As the shepherd visiteth his flock in the day when he shall be in the midst of his sheep that were scattered, so will I visit my sheep, and will deliver them out of all the places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. . . .
ContextMourning Turned to Joy
…8Behold I will bring them from the north country, and will gather them from the ends of the earth and among them shall be the blind, and the lame, the woman with child, and she that is bringing forth, together, a great company of them returning hither. 9They shall come with weeping: and I will bring them back in mercy: and I will bring them through the torrents of waters in a right way, and they shall not stumble in it: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.10Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the islands that are afar off, and say: He that scattered Israel will gather him: and he will keep him as the shepherd doth his flock.…
And thou shalt say to him: Thus saith the Lord: Israel is my son, my firstborn.
On the west side shall be the camp of the sons of Ephraim, whose prince was Elisama the son of Ammiud.
And I will make him my firstborn, high above the kings of the earth.
And he led them into the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
And I will lead the blind into the way which they know not: and in the paths which they were ignorant of I will make them walk: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight: these things have I done to them, and have not forsaken them.
The beast of the field shall glorify me, the dragons and the ostriches: because I have given waters in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, to my chosen.
Thus saith the Lord the Holy One of Israel, his maker: Ask me of things to come, concerning my children, and concerning the work of my hands give ye charge to me.
They shall not hunger, nor thirst, neither shall the heat nor the sun strike them: for he that is merciful to them, shall be their shepherd, and at the fountains of waters he shall give them drink.
He that led them out through the deep, as a horse in the wilderness that stumbleth not.
And now, O Lord, thou art our father, and we are clay: and thou art our maker, and we all are the works of thy hands.
Therefore at the least from this time call to me: Thou art my father, the guide of my virginity:
But I said: How shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a lovely land, the goodly inheritance of the armies of the Gentiles? And I said: Thou shalt call me father and shalt not cease to walk after me.
In those days, and at that time, saith the Lord, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Juda together: going and weeping they shall make haste, and shall seek the Lord their God.
And after this the children of Israel shall return and shall seek the Lord, their God, and David, their king: and they shall fear the Lord, and his goodness, in the last days.
Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why then doth every one of us despise his brother, violating the covenant of our fathers?
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