"However, the days are coming,"1 declares the LORD, "when men will no longer say, 'As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,'215
but they will say, 'As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north3 and out of all the countries where he had banished them.'4 For I will restore5 them to the land I gave their forefathers.616
"But now I will send for many fishermen," declares the LORD, "and they will catch them.7 After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt8 them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks.917
My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden10 from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes.1118
I will repay12 them double13 for their wickedness and their sin, because they have defiled my land14 with the lifeless forms of their vile images15 and have filled my inheritance with their detestable idols.16"1719
O LORD, my strength and my fortress, my refuge18 in time of distress, to you the nations will come19 from the ends of the earth and say, "Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods,20 worthless idols21 that did them no good.2220
Do men make their own gods? Yes, but they are not gods!"2321
"Therefore I will teach them-- this time I will teach them my power and might. Then they will know that my name24 is the LORD.