"But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her out into the desert and speak tenderly to her there.
I will return her vineyards to her and transform the Valley of Trouble a into a gateway of hope. She will give herself to me there, as she did long ago when she was young, when I freed her from her captivity in Egypt.
"In that coming day," says the LORD, "you will call me 'my husband' instead of 'my master.' b17
O Israel, I will cause you to forget your images of Baal; even their names will no longer be spoken.
At that time I will make a covenant with all the wild animals and the birds and the animals that scurry along the ground so that they will not harm you. I will remove all weapons of war from the land, all swords and bows, so you can live unafraid in peace and safety.
I will make you my wife forever, showing you righteousness and justice, unfailing love and compassion.
I will be faithful to you and make you mine, and you will finally know me as LORD.
"In that day," says the LORD, "I will answer the pleading of the sky for clouds, which will pour down water on the earth in answer to its cries for rain.
Then the earth will answer the thirsty cries of the grain, the grapes, and the olive trees for moisture. And the whole grand chorus will sing together, 'Jezreel' -- 'God plants!'
"At that time I will plant a crop of Israelites and raise them for myself! I will show love to those I called 'Not loved.' c And to those I called 'Not my people,' d I will say, 'Now you are my people.' Then they will reply, 'You are our God!'"
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)