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Then came the greatest comfort of all for fallen Judah: The promise of the Righteous Branch. Christ would be their righteousness.

BibleGateway: Jeremiah 23:1-8

ESV Text: Jeremiah 23:1-8

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     1 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD. 2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD. 3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. 4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD. 5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. 6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. 7 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; 8 But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 645:
Behold, a Branch Is Growing

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1. Behold a branch is growing 
As of loveliest form and grace, 
As prophets sung, foreknowing; 
It springs from Jesse’s race 
And bears one little Flower 
In midst of coldest winter, 
At deepest midnight hour. 

2. Isaiah hath foretold It 
In words of promise sure, 
And Mary’ s arms enfold It, 
A virgin meek and pure. 
Through God’s eternal will 
This Child to her is given 
At midnight calm and still. 

3. The shepherds heard the story, 
Proclaimed by angels bright, 
How Christ, the Lord of Glory, 
Was born on earth this night. 
To Bethlehem they sped 
And in the manger found him, 
As angel heralds said. 

4. This Flower, whose fragrance tender 
With sweetness fills the air, 
Dispels with glorious splendor 
The darkness everywhere. 
True Man, yet very God; 
From sin and death He saves us 
And lightens every load. 

5. O Savior, Child of Mary, 
Who felt our human woe; 
O Savior, King of Glory. 
Who dost our weakness know, 
Bring us at length, we pray. 
To the bright courts of heaven 
And to the endless day.