This is what the LORD says, he who appoints1 the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night,2 who stirs up the sea3 so that its waves roar4-- the LORD Almighty is his name:536
"Only if these decrees6 vanish from my sight," declares the LORD, "will the descendants7 of Israel ever cease to be a nation before me."
This is what the LORD says: "Only if the heavens above can be measured8 and the foundations of the earth below be searched out will I reject9 all the descendants of Israel because of all they have done," declares the LORD.
"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when this city will be rebuilt10 for me from the Tower of Hananel11 to the Corner Gate.1239
The measuring line13 will stretch from there straight to the hill of Gareb and then turn to Goah.
The whole valley14 where dead bodies15 and ashes are thrown, and all the terraces out to the Kidron Valley16 on the east as far as the corner of the Horse Gate,17 will be holy18 to the LORD. The city will never again be uprooted or demolished."