Then our enemies will see this and be disgraced - the same enemies who taunted us by asking, "Where is the Lord your God?" We will see them defeated, trampled a down like mud in the streets.
People of Jerusalem, the time to rebuild the city walls is coming. At that time your territory will be enlarged.
Your people will return to you from everywhere - from Assyria in the east, from Egypt in the south, from the region of the Euphrates River, from distant seas and far-off mountains.
But the earth will become a desert because of the wickedness of those who live on it.
Be a shepherd to your people, Lord, the people you have chosen. Although they live apart in the wilderness, there is fertile land around them. Let them go and feed in the rich pastures of Bashan and Gilead, as they did long ago.
Work miracles for us, b Lord, as you did in the days when you brought us out of Egypt.
The nations will see this and be frustrated in spite of all their strength. In dismay they will close their mouths and cover their ears.
They will crawl in the dust like snakes; they will come from their fortresses, trembling and afraid. They will turn in fear to the Lord our God.
There is no other god like you, O Lord; you forgive the sins of your people who have survived. You do not stay angry forever, but you take pleasure in showing us your constant love.
You will be merciful to us once again. You will trample our sins underfoot and send them to the bottom of the sea!
You will show your faithfulness and constant love to your people, the descendants of Abraham and of Jacob, as you promised our ancestors long ago.