"Son of man, the people still left in Jerusalem are talking about their relatives in exile, saying, 'They are far away from the LORD, so now he has given their land to us!'
Therefore, give the exiles this message from the Sovereign LORD: Although I have scattered you in the countries of the world, I will be a sanctuary to you during your time in exile.
I, the Sovereign LORD, will gather you back from the nations where you are scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel once again.
"When the people return to their homeland, they will remove every trace of their detestable idol worship.
And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their hearts of stone and give them tender hearts a instead,
so they will obey my laws and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God.
But as for those who long for idols, I will repay them fully for their sins, says the Sovereign LORD."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)