"This is what the LORD says: " 'Your wound1 is incurable, your injury beyond healing.213
There is no one to plead your cause,3 no remedy for your sore, no healing4 for you.
All your allies5 have forgotten you; they care nothing for you. I have struck you as an enemy6 would and punished you as would the cruel,7 because your guilt is so great and your sins8 so many.
Why do you cry out over your wound, your pain that has no cure?9 Because of your great guilt and many sins I have done these things to you.1016
" 'But all who devour11 you will be devoured; all your enemies will go into exile.12 Those who plunder13 you will be plundered; all who make spoil of you I will despoil.
But I will restore you to health and heal14 your wounds,' declares the LORD, 'because you are called an outcast,15 Zion for whom no one cares.'1618
"This is what the LORD says: " 'I will restore the fortunes17 of Jacob's tents18 and have compassion19 on his dwellings; the city will be rebuilt20 on her ruins, and the palace will stand in its proper place.
From them will come songs21 of thanksgiving22 and the sound of rejoicing.23 I will add to their numbers,24 and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honor,25 and they will not be disdained.
Their children26 will be as in days of old, and their community will be established27 before me; I will punish28 all who oppress them.
Their leader29 will be one of their own; their ruler will arise from among them.30 I will bring him near31 and he will come close to me, for who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?' declares the LORD.
" 'So you will be my people,32 and I will be your God.33' "