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The Lord wants His faithless wife to return.

BibleGateway: Jeremiah 3:14-21

ESV Text: Jeremiah 3:14-21

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:25 and ends at about 4:14

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14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: 15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. 16 And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more. 17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart. 18 In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers. 19 But I said, How shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations? and I said, Thou shalt call me, My father; and shalt not turn away from me.

     20 Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the LORD. 21 A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the LORD their God.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 280:
Return, O Wanderer, Return

— Organ Audio

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1. Return, 0 wanderer, return 
And seek an injured Father’s face. 
Those warm desires that in thee burn 
Were kindled by reclaiming grace. 

2. Return, 0 wanderer, return 
And seek a Father’s melting heart, 
His pitying eyes thy grief discern, 
His hand shall heal thine inward smart. 

3. Return, 0 wanderer, return; 
Thy Savior bids thy spirit live. 
Go to His bleeding feet and learn 
How freely Jesus can forgive. 

4. Return, 0 wanderer, return 
And wipe away the falling tear; 
‘Tis God who says, “No longer mourn”; 
‘Tis Mercy’s voice invites thee near.