While Jeremiah was still locked up in jail, a second Message from God was given to him:
"This is God's Message, the God who made earth, made it livable and lasting, known everywhere as God:
'Call to me and I will answer you. I'll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.'
"This is what God, the God of Israel, has to say about what's going on in this city, about the homes of both people and kings that have been demolished, about all the ravages of war
and the killing by the Chaldeans, and about the streets littered with the dead bodies of those killed because of my raging anger - about all that's happened because the evil actions in this city have turned my stomach in disgust.
"But now take another look. I'm going to give this city a thorough renovation, working a true healing inside and out. I'm going to show them life whole, life brimming with blessings.
I'll restore everything that was lost to Judah and Jerusalem. I'll build everything back as good as new.
I'll scrub them clean from the dirt they've done against me. I'll forgive everything they've done wrong, forgive all their rebellions.
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)