'Do you not fear Me?' declares the LORD. 'Do you not tremble in My presence ? For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea, An eternal decree, so it cannot cross over it. Though the waves toss, yet they cannot prevail ; Though they roar, yet they cannot cross over it.
"For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes ; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit.
"Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him to death ? Did he not fear the LORD and entreat the favor of the LORD, and the LORD changed His mind about the misfortune which He had pronounced against them? But we are committing a great evil against ourselves."
'Fear not, O Jacob My servant,' declares the LORD, 'And do not be dismayed, O Israel ; For behold, I will save you from afar And your offspring from the land of their captivity. And Jacob will return and will be quiet and at ease, And no one will make him afraid.
Then Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, swore to them and to their men, saying, "Do not be afraid of serving the Chaldeans ; stay in the land and serve the king of Babylon, that it may go well with you.
then the sword, which you are afraid of, will overtake you there in the land of Egypt ; and the famine, about which you are anxious, will follow closely after you there in Egypt, and you will die there.
"But as for you, O Jacob My servant, do not fear, Nor be dismayed, O Israel ! For, see, I am going to save you from afar, And your descendants from the land of their captivity ; And Jacob will return and be undisturbed And secure, with no one making him tremble.
"O Jacob My servant, do not fear," declares the LORD, "For I am with you. For I will make a full end of all the nations Where I have driven you, Yet I will not make a full end of you; But I will correct you properly And by no means leave you unpunished."
"Now so that your heart does not grow faint, And you are not afraid at the report that will be heard in the land - For the report will come one year, And after that another report in another year, And violence will be in the land With ruler against ruler -