and I will multiply the number of people upon you, even the whole house of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins1 rebuilt.211
I will increase the number of men and animals upon you, and they will be fruitful3 and become numerous. I will settle people4 on you as in the past5 and will make you prosper more than before.6 Then you will know that I am the LORD.
I will cause people, my people Israel, to walk upon you. They will possess you, and you will be their inheritance;7 you will never again deprive them of their children.
" 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because people say to you, "You devour men8 and deprive your nation of its children,"
therefore you will no longer devour men or make your nation childless, declares the Sovereign LORD.
No longer will I make you hear the taunts of the nations, and no longer will you suffer the scorn of the peoples or cause your nation to fall, declares the Sovereign LORD.9' "
Again the word of the LORD came to me:
"Son of man, when the people of Israel were living in their own land, they defiled it by their conduct and their actions. Their conduct was like a woman's monthly uncleanness10 in my sight.1118
So I poured out12 my wrath on them because they had shed blood in the land and because they had defiled it with their idols.
I dispersed them among the nations, and they were scattered13 through the countries; I judged them according to their conduct and their actions.1420
And wherever they went among the nations they profaned15 my holy name, for it was said of them, 'These are the LORD's people, and yet they had to leave his land.'16