1 “When you have experienced all these things, both the blessings and the curses I have set before you, you will reflect upon them in all the nations where the Lord your God has banished you. 2 Then if you and your descendants turn to the Lord your God and obey him with your whole mind and being just as I am commanding you today, 3 the Lord your God will reverse your captivity and have pity on you. He will turn and gather you from all the peoples among whom he has scattered you. 4 Even if your exiles are in the most distant land, from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back. 5 Then he will bring you to the land your ancestors possessed and you also will possess it; he will do better for you and multiply you more than he did your ancestors.
12 When you call out to me and come to me in prayer, I will hear your prayers. 13 When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you. If you seek me with all your heart and soul, 14 I will make myself available to you,’ says the Lord. ‘Then I will reverse your plight and will regather you from all the nations and all the places where I have exiled you,’ says the Lord. ‘I will bring you back to the place from which I exiled you.’ 15 “You say, ‘The Lord has raised up prophets of good news for us here in Babylon.’ 16 But just listen to what the Lord has to say about the king who occupies David’s throne and all your fellow countrymen who are still living in this city of Jerusalem and were not carried off into exile with you.
Notes and References
"... Jeremiah is known for its ‘dark’ features. The emphasis on the people’s guilt, the long description of the events around Jerusalem’s fall in 587 BC and the years afterwards, and the overall movement towards Jeremiah 52 as a negative ending support this impression and allow one to imagine a very pessimistic view lying behind this kind of presentation. Yet, Jeremiah also displays brighter traits. It frequently announces a ‘turning around’, using the phrase תובשׁ בושׁ, taken from Deuteronomy 30:3. Jeremiah portrays God’s new dealings with Israel in vivid colours and varied motifs, especially in chapters 30–33. In these and other passages, it also alludes to former divine assurances, and it do ..."
Fisher, S.J. The Book of Jeremiah: Realisation of Threats of the Torah – and also of Promises? (pp. 1-9) Verbum et Ecclesia 40(1), 2019