You will tell the prisoners, 'Come out of your prison.' You will tell those in darkness, 'Come into the light.' The people will eat beside the roads, and they will find food even on bare hills.
They will not be hungry or thirsty. Neither the hot sun nor the desert wind will hurt them. and guide them by springs of water.
I will make my mountains into roads, and the roads will be raised up.
Look, people are coming to me from far away, from the north and from the west, from Aswan in southern Egypt."
Heavens and earth, be happy. Mountains, shout with joy, because the Lord comforts his people and will have pity on those who suffer.
But Jerusalem said, "The Lord has left me; the Lord has forgotten me."
The Lord answers, "Can a woman forget the baby she nurses? Can she feel no kindness for the child to which she gave birth? Even if she could forget her children, I will not forget you.
See, I have written your name on my hand. Jerusalem, I always think about your walls.
Your children will soon return to you, and the people who defeated you and destroyed you will leave.
Look up and look around you. All your children are gathering to return to you." The Lord says, "As surely as I live, your children will be like jewels that a bride wears proudly.
"You were destroyed and defeated, and your land was made useless. But now you will have more people than the land can hold, and those people who destroyed you will be far away.