"For my thoughts1 are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,"2 declares the LORD.
"As the heavens are higher than the earth,3 so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.410
As the rain5 and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish,6 so that it yields seed7 for the sower and bread for the eater,811
so is my word9 that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty,10 but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose11 for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy12 and be led forth in peace;13 the mountains and hills will burst into song14 before you, and all the trees15 of the field will clap their hands.1613
Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers17 the myrtle18 will grow. This will be for the LORD's renown,19 for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed."