The word of the LORD came to me:
"Son of man, your brothers--your brothers who are your blood relativesa and the whole house of Israel--are those of whom the people of Jerusalem have said, 'They areb far away from the LORD; this land was given to us as our possession.'1
"Therefore say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD 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 sanctuary2 for them in the countries where they have gone.'
"Therefore say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD 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.'318
"They will return to it and remove all its vile images4 and detestable idols.519
I will give them an undivided heart6 and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone7 and give them a heart of flesh.820
Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.9 They will be my people,10 and I will be their God.1121
But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols,12 I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD.13"