While Jeremiah was still confined1 in the courtyard2 of the guard, the word of the LORD came to him a second time:32
"This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth,4 the LORD who formed it and established it--the LORD is his name:53
'Call6 to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable7 things you do not know.'
For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says about the houses in this city and the royal palaces of Judah that have been torn down to be used against the siege8 ramps9 and the sword
in the fight with the Babyloniansa: 'They will be filled with the dead bodies of the men I will slay in my anger and wrath.10 I will hide my face11 from this city because of all its wickedness.
" 'Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal12 my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace13 and security.
I will bring Judah14 and Israel back from captivityb15 and will rebuild16 them as they were before.17