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Jeremiah foretells the violent reaction to Christ’s birth (cf. Mt 2:16-18). The Good News was not (and still is not) received by the proud and self-seeking like Herod.

BibleGateway: Jeremiah 31:15-20

ESV Text: Jeremiah 31:15-20

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:28 and ends at about 3:41

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15 Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. 16 Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy. 17 And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy children shall come again to their own border.

     18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God. 19 Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth. 20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the LORD.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 273:
Sweet Flowerets of the Martyr Band

— Organ Audio

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1. Sweet flowerets of the martyr band, 
Plucked by the tyrant’s ruthless hand 
Upon the threshold of the morn, 
Like rosebuds by a tempest torn; 

2. First victims for the incarnate Lord, 
A tender flock to feel the sword; 
Beside the very altar gay, 
With palm and crown, ye seemed to play. 

3. Ah, what availed King Herod’s wrath? 
He could not stop the Savior’s path. 
Alone, while others murdered lay, 
In safety Christ is borne away. 

4. O Lord, the Virgin-born, to Thee 
Eternal praise and glory be, 
Whom with the Father we adore 
And Holy Ghost forevermore. Amen.