Sep 19, 2013

Readers' Theatre: Jeremiah 31: 27-34

Here is a responsive setting of Jeremiah 31: 27-34.  It is set for two voices.

Responsive Setting: Jeremiah 31: 27-34

The day is coming, says the Lord.

The day is coming
when I will greatly increase the human population
and the number of animals here in Israel and Judah. 
In the past I deliberately uprooted and tore down this nation.
I overthrew it, destroyed it, and brought disaster upon it.
But in the future I will just as deliberately plant it and build it up.
I, the Lord, have spoken!

The day is coming, says the Lord.

The day is coming
when the people will no longer quote this proverb:

The parents have eaten sour grapes,
but their children’s mouths pucker at the taste.

All people will die for their own sins—
those who eat the sour grapes
will be the ones whose mouths will pucker.

The day is coming, says the Lord.

The day is coming
when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. 
This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
and brought them out of the land of Egypt.
They broke that covenant,
though I loved them as a husband loves his wife.

But this is the new covenant I will make
with the people of Israel on that day.
I will put my instructions deep within them,
and I will write them on their hearts.
I will be their God, and they will be my people.
And they will not need to teach their neighbors,
nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying,

You should know the Lord.

For everyone, from the least to the greatest,
will know me already.
And I will forgive their wickedness,
and I will never again remember their sins.

The day is coming, says the Lord.