I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown,110
and I will multiply the number of people upon you, even the whole house of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins2 rebuilt.311
I will increase the number of men and animals upon you, and they will be fruitful4 and become numerous. I will settle people5 on you as in the past6 and will make you prosper more than before.7 Then you will know that I am the LORD.
I will cause people, my people Israel, to walk upon you. They will possess you, and you will be their inheritance;8 you will never again deprive them of their children.
" 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because people say to you, "You devour men9 and deprive your nation of its children,"
therefore you will no longer devour men or make your nation childless, declares the Sovereign LORD.
No longer will I make you hear the taunts of the nations, and no longer will you suffer the scorn of the peoples or cause your nation to fall, declares the Sovereign LORD.10' "