For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: and they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
John Newton’s take on this passage focuses less on the metanarrative of the change of the covenants and more on the response in the individual believer’s life (full lyrics and sheet music here):
O God, most merciful and true,
Thy nature to my soul impart;
’Stablish with me the covenant new,
And write salvation on my heart.
To real holiness restored,
O let me gain my Savior’s mind,
And in the knowledge of my Lord,
Fullness of life eternal find!
Remember, Lord, my sins no more,
That them I may no more forget;
But, sunk in guiltless shame, adore,
With speechless wonder, at Thy feet.