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The Lord spoke again to Jeremiah (verse 1), telling him to write all his revelation down in a book (verse 2). The Lord promises that the captivity of Israel will not last forever, and that they will be restored to their land (verse 3). This is the last thing the Lord has to say about it, that their captivity is only their consequences of rebellion, and that by repentance they may be restored to their blessings (verse 4).
The Lord says that He knows and hears the distress of the people (verse 5), just like naughty children who are punished. It is hard work, He says, to parent well and give birth to healthy children (verse 6). But this is the hard work for the children to be raised healthy and well, and letting them endure their consequences is what will save them in the end (verse 7). Yet still, consequences are only for the time necessary, and not forever (verse 8).
When they are behaving wisely, and acting more like themselves, they will be serving the Lord and their priesthood restored (verse 9). There is no reason to fear, or to be dismayed that they have been abandoned or punished forever, because when their consequences are finished they will be restored (verse 10).
For I am with thee, saith the Lord, to save thee…
The Lord will correct the people to the degree they need it, and they cannot get away with sin because they have promised to be a people of holiness (verse 11). This promise of holiness is what makes their sin so especially bad (verse 12), and when they refuse to listen to the prophets or rely on the Savior they have no one to intercede or advocate for them (verse 13). Their false gods cannot help them, and their fake idols can do nothing; they are left with nothing but their own consequences to teach them (verse 14). Instead of crying out and complaining about their consequences, they should instead cry out to the Lord to receive the correction He is trying to offer them so that they will know how to restore themselves (verse 15).
The Lord reminds the people that those who have taken them into bondage were tools used by Him to deliver their consequences, but still these captors will be punished for what they do (verse 16).
The Lord promises the people that they will be healed when they turn to Him (verse 17), and that He will have mercy on them (verse 18). Their promises are intact, including the promised prosperity and happiness (verse 19). The promises blessings for the children, and their children’s children, also remain intact (verse 20), even their line of kings for their own political governments (verse 21). When they turn to Him, and live according to what they have promised to do, then He will be bound by His promises, too (verse 22).
But He can do nothing for them if they will not turn to Him, and so their consequences add up while they stray (verse 23). They have gone so far from the Lord that even though they now cry out to Him, their natural consequences must finish playing out (verse 24).