Let the priests, who minister1 before the LORD, weep2 between the temple porch and the altar.3 Let them say, "Spare your people, O LORD. Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn,4 a byword5 among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, 'Where is their God?6' "
Then the LORD will be jealous7 for his land and take pity8 on his people.
The LORD will replya to them: "I am sending you grain, new wine9 and oil,10 enough to satisfy you fully;11 never again will I make you an object of scorn12 to the nations.
"I will drive the northern army13 far from you, pushing it into a parched and barren land, with its front columns going into the eastern14 seab and those in the rear into the western sea.c And its stench15 will go up; its smell will rise." Surely he has done great things.d21
Be not afraid,16 O land; be glad and rejoice.17 Surely the LORD has done great things.1822
Be not afraid, O wild animals, for the open pastures are becoming green.19 The trees are bearing their fruit; the fig tree20 and the vine21 yield their riches.2223
Be glad, O people of Zion, rejoice23 in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains in righteousness.e24 He sends you abundant showers,25 both autumn26 and spring rains,27 as before.
The threshing floors will be filled with grain; the vats will overflow28 with new wine29 and oil.
"I will repay you for the years the locusts30 have eaten31-- the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarmf-- my great army32 that I sent among you.
You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,33 and you will praise34 the name of the LORD your God, who has worked wonders35 for you; never again will my people be shamed.3627
Then you will know37 that I am in Israel, that I am the LORD38 your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed.39