While Jeremiah was still being held in the courtyard of the prison, the LORD spoke his word to him a second time. The LORD said,
"I made [the earth], formed it, and set it in place. My name is the LORD. This is what the LORD says:
Call to me, and I will answer you. I will tell you great and mysterious things that you do not know.
The houses in this city and the palaces of the kings of Judah have been torn down to be used against the dirt ramps and weapons of the Babylonians. This is what the LORD God of Israel says about this:
The people of Israel fought the Babylonians. Now their houses are filled with the bodies of their own people I killed in my anger and my fury. I will hide my face from this city because of its wickedness.
"But I will heal this city and restore it to health. I will heal its people, and I will give them peace and security.
I will restore Judah and Israel and rebuild them as they were before.