At any moment I may decide to pull up a people or a country by the roots and get rid of them.
But if they repent of their wicked lives, I will think twice and start over with them.
At another time I might decide to plant a people or country,
but if they don't cooperate and won't listen to me, I will think again and give up on the plans I had for them.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)