Then I will bring the remaining third into the fire; I will refine them like silver is refined and will test them like gold is tested. They will call on my name and I will answer; I will say, 'These are my people,' and they will say, 'The Lord is my God.'"
Look, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have purified you in the furnace of misery.
"I (says the Lord) will strengthen the kingdom of Judah and deliver the people of Joseph and will bring them back because of my compassion for them. They will be as though I had never rejected them, for I am the Lord their God and therefore I will hear them.
Who can endure the day of his coming? Who can keep standing when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire, like a launderer's soap.
This brings you great joy, although you may have to suffer for a short time in various trials.
For you, O God, tested us; you purified us like refined silver.
The crucible is for refining silver and the furnace is for gold, likewise the Lord tests hearts.
Then you will call out, and the Lord will respond; you will cry out, and he will reply, 'Here I am.' You must remove the burdensome yoke from among you and stop pointing fingers and speaking sinfully.
For I know what I have planned for you,' says the Lord. 'I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.
so that they may follow my statutes and observe my regulations and carry them out. Then they will be my people, and I will be their God.
And I will bring them to settle within Jerusalem. They will be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and righteousness.'
"I will pour out on the kingship of David and the population of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication so that they will look to me, the one they have pierced. They will lament for him as one laments for an only son, and there will be a bitter cry for him like the bitter cry for a firstborn.
Dear friends, do not be astonished that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as though something strange were happening to you.
In spite of this, however, when they are in the land of their enemies I will not reject them and abhor them to make a complete end of them, to break my covenant with them, for I am the Lord their God.
Today you have declared the Lord to be your God, and that you will walk in his ways, keep his statutes, commandments, and ordinances, and obey him.
The Lord pays attention to the godly and hears their cry for help.
When he calls out to me, I will answer him. I will be with him when he is in trouble; I will rescue him and bring him honor.
How blessed are the people who experience these things! How blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!
When you pass through the waters, I am with you; when you pass through the streams, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not harm you.
"Now, listen, Jacob my servant, Israel whom I have chosen!"
They will not work in vain, or give birth to children that will experience disaster. For the Lord will bless their children and their descendants.
"But I will make a new covenant with the whole nation of Israel after I plant them back in the land," says the Lord. "I will put my law within them and write it on their hearts and minds. I will be their God and they will be my people.
Then you will live in the land I gave to your fathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God.
"At that time, I will willingly respond," declares the Lord. "I will respond to the sky, and the sky will respond to the ground;
It will so happen that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be delivered. For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who survive, just as the Lord has promised; the remnant will be those whom the Lord will call.
Jesus answered them, "You are deceived, because you don't know the scriptures or the power of God.
For there is no distinction between the Jew and the Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all, who richly blesses all who call on him.
For no one can lay any foundation other than what is being laid, which is Jesus Christ.
"For this is the covenant that I will establish with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and I will inscribe them on their hearts. And I will be their God and they will be my people.
Happy is the one who endures testing, because when he has proven to be genuine, he will receive the crown of life that God promised to those who love him.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: "Look! The residence of God is among human beings. He will live among them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them.
The one who conquers will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son.