Devarim (Deuteronomy) 30:1-6 When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come upon you and you take them to heart wherever HaShem your God disperses you among the nations, And when you and your children return to HaShem your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, Then HaShem your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there HaShem your God will gather you and bring you back. He will bring you to the land that belonged to your fathers, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your fathers. HaShem your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.
Ezra-Nechemiah 1:5-11 Then I said: "HaShem, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commands, Let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father's house, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses. "Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, 'If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, But if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.' "They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man." I was cupbearer to the king.
Therefore HaShem was angry with his people and
abhorred his inheritance. He handed them over to the
nations, and their foes ruled over them. Their
enemies oppressed them and subjected them to their power. Many times he
delivered them, but they were bent on rebellion and they wasted away in their sin. But he took note of their distress when he heard their
cry; For their sake he remembered his covenant and out of his great love he relented. He
caused them to be pitied by all who held them captive. Save
us, HaShem our God, and gather us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. Praise be to HaShem, the God of
(Isaiah) 11:1-16 A shoot will come up from the
stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of HaShem will rest on him--the Spirit of wisdom and of
understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of HaShem--
And he will delight in the fear of HaShem. He will
not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by
what he hears with his ears; But with righteousness he
will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the
earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness
the sash around his waist. The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will
lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a
little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will
lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like
the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child
put his hand into the viper's nest. They will
neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of
the knowledge of HaShem
as the waters cover the sea. In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a
banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to
him, and his place of rest will be glorious. In that day the Lord will reach
out his hand a second time
to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from Lower
Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and
from the islands of the sea. He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles
(Isaiah) 43:1-8 But now, this is what HaShem says--he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O
(Isaiah) 49:1-6 Listen to me, you islands; hear
this, you distant nations: Before I was born HaShem called me; from my birth
he has made mention of my name. He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and
concealed me in his quiver. He said to me, "You are my servant,
(Isaiah) 56:4-8 For this is what HaShem says: "To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant--
To them I will give within my temple and its walls a
memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I
will give them an everlasting name that will not be cut
off. And foreigners who bind themselves to HaShem to
serve him, to love the name of HaShem,
and to worship him, all who keep the Sabbath without
desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant-- These
I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings
and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house
of prayer for all nations."
The Sovereign HaShem declares--he who gathers
the exiles of
(Jeremiah) 3:14-18 "Return, faithless
people," declares HaShem, "for I am your
husband. I will choose you--one from a town and two from a clan--and bring you to
(Jeremiah) 22:28 - 23:8 Is this man Jehoiachin a
despised, broken pot, an object no one wants? Why will he and his children be hurled out, cast
into a land they do not know? O land, land, land, hear
the word of HaShem! This is what HaShem
says: "Record this man as if childless, a man who will not prosper in his
lifetime, for none of his offspring will prosper, none will sit on the throne
of David or rule anymore in
Yirimiyah (Jeremiah) 29:10-14 This is what HaShem says: "When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you," declares HaShem, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares HaShem, "and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares HaShem, "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile."
(Jeremiah) 31:1-14 "At that time,"
declares HaShem, "I will be the God of all the
Yirimiyah (Jeremiah) 32:36-41 "You are saying about this city, 'By the sword, famine and plague it will be handed over to the king of Babylon'; but this is what HaShem, the God of Israel, says: I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in my furious anger and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety. They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.
Yechezkel (Ezekiel) 11:13-20 Now as I was prophesying, Pelatiah son of Benaiah died. Then I fell facedown and cried out in a loud voice, "Ah, Sovereign HaShem! Will you completely destroy the remnant of Israel?" The word of HaShem came to me: "Son of man, your brothers--your brothers who are your blood relatives and the whole house of Israel--are those of whom the people of Jerusalem have said, 'They are far away from HaShem; this land was given to us as our possession.' "Therefore say: 'This is what the Sovereign HaShem says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.' "Therefore say: 'This is what the Sovereign HaShem says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.' "They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols. I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.
Yechezkel (Ezekiel) 20:30-44 "Therefore say to the house of Israel: 'This is what the Sovereign HaShem says: Will you defile yourselves the way your fathers did and lust after their vile images? When you offer your gifts--the sacrifice of your sons in the fire--you continue to defile yourselves with all your idols to this day. Am I to let you inquire of me, O house of Israel? As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign HaShem, I will not let you inquire of me. "'You say, "We want to be like the nations, like the peoples of the world, who serve wood and stone." But what you have in mind will never happen. As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign HaShem, I will rule over you with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath. I will bring you from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered--with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath. I will bring you into the desert of the nations and there, face to face, I will execute judgment upon you. As I judged your fathers in the desert of the land of Egypt, so I will judge you, declares the Sovereign HaShem. I will take note of you as you pass under my rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant. I will purge you of those who revolt and rebel against me. Although I will bring them out of the land where they are living, yet they will not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am HaShem. "'As for you, O house of Israel, this is what the Sovereign HaShem says: Go and serve your idols, every one of you! But afterward you will surely listen to me and no longer profane my holy name with your gifts and idols. For on my holy mountain, the high mountain of Israel, declares the Sovereign HaShem, there in the land the entire house of Israel will serve me, and there I will accept them. There I will require your offerings and your choice gifts, along with all your holy sacrifices. I will accept you as fragrant incense when I bring you out from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will show myself holy among you in the sight of the nations. Then you will know that I am HaShem, when I bring you into the land of Israel, the land I had sworn with uplifted hand to give to your fathers. There you will remember your conduct and all the actions by which you have defiled yourselves, and you will loathe yourselves for all the evil you have done. You will know that I am HaShem, when I deal with you for my name's sake and not according to your evil ways and your corrupt practices, O house of Israel, declares the Sovereign HaShem.'"
Micah 2:12 "I will surely gather all of you, O Jacob; I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel. I will bring them together like sheep in a pen, like a flock in its pasture; the place will throng with people.
Micah 4:6-7 "In that day," declares HaShem, "I will gather the lame; I will assemble the exiles and those I have brought to grief. I will make the lame a remnant, those driven away a strong nation. HaShem will rule over them in Mount Zion from that day and forever.
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