I will gather you back from those countries and lands where you've been scattered and give you back the land of Israel.
You'll come back and clean house, throw out all the rotten images and obscene idols.
I'll give you a new heart. I'll put a new spirit in you. I'll cut out your stone heart and replace it with a red-blooded, firm-muscled heart.
Then you'll obey my statutes and be careful to obey my commands. You'll be my people! I'll be your God!
"'But not those who are self-willed and addicted to their rotten images and obscene idols! I'll see that they're paid in full for what they've done.' Decree of God, the Master."
Then the cherubim spread their wings, with the wheels beside them and the Glory of the God of Israel hovering over them.
The Glory of God ascended from within the city and rested on the mountain to the east of the city.
Then, still in the vision given me by the Spirit of God, the Spirit took me and carried me back to the exiles in Babylon. And then the vision left me.
I told the exiles everything that God had shown me.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)