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.1' "
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 uncleanness2 in my sight.318
So I poured out4 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 scattered5 through the countries; I judged them according to their conduct and their actions.620
And wherever they went among the nations they profaned7 my holy name, for it was said of them, 'These are the LORD's people, and yet they had to leave his land.'821
I had concern for my holy name, which the house of Israel profaned among the nations where they had gone.922
"Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name,10 which you have profaned11 among the nations where you have gone.1223
I will show the holiness of my great name,13 which has been profaned14 among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD,15 declares the Sovereign LORD, when I show myself holy16 through you before their eyes.1724
" 'For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land.1825
I will sprinkle19 clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse20 you from all your impurities21 and from all your idols.2226
I will give you a new heart23 and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone24 and give you a heart of flesh.2527
And I will put my Spirit26 in you and move you to follow my decrees27 and be careful to keep my laws.2828
You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people,29 and I will be your God.3029
I will save you from all your uncleanness. I will call for the grain and make it plentiful and will not bring famine31 upon you.
I will increase the fruit of the trees and the crops of the field, so that you will no longer suffer disgrace among the nations because of famine.3231
Then you will remember your evil ways and wicked deeds, and you will loathe yourselves for your sins and detestable practices.3332
I want you to know that I am not doing this for your sake, declares the Sovereign LORD. Be ashamed34 and disgraced for your conduct, O house of Israel!3533
" 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: On the day I cleanse36 you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins37 will be rebuilt.3834
The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it.
They will say, "This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden;39 the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited.40"
Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the LORD have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.'4137
"This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Once again I will yield to the plea42 of the house of Israel and do this for them: I will make their people as numerous as sheep,4338
as numerous as the flocks for offerings44 at Jerusalem during her appointed feasts. So will the ruined cities be filled with flocks of people. Then they will know that I am the LORD.45"