As a mother comforts her child, I will comfort you. You will find comfort in Jerusalem."
When you see that happen, your hearts will be filled with joy. Just as grass grows quickly, you will succeed. The LORD will show his power to those who serve him. But he will pour out his anger on his enemies.
The LORD will judge them with fire. His chariots are coming like a windstorm. He will pour out his burning anger on his enemies. It will blaze out like flames of fire.
The LORD will bring everyone into court. He will use fire and his sword to punish those he finds guilty. He will put many people to death.
"Some people set themselves apart and make themselves pure. They do it so they can go into the gardens to worship other gods. They do what the worship leader tells them to do. They eat the meat of pigs and rats. They also eat other things I hate. All of those people will come to a horrible end," announces the Lord.
"They have done many evil things. And they plan to do even more. So I will come and gather the people of every nation and language. They will see my glory when I act.
"I will do a miracle among them. I will send to the nations some of those who are left alive. I will send some of them to the people of Tarshish, Libya and Lydia, who are famous for using bows. I will send others to Tubal and Greece. And I will send still others to islands far away. The people who live there have not heard about my fame. They have not seen my glory. Those I send will tell the nations about my glory when I act.
"And they will bring back all of the people of Israel from all of those nations. They will bring them to my holy mountain in Jerusalem. My people will ride on horses, mules and camels. They will come in chariots and wagons," says the Lord. "Those messengers will bring my people as an offering to me. They will bring them to my temple, just as the Israelites bring their grain offerings in bowls that are 'clean.'
And I will choose some of them to be priests and Levites," says the Lord.
"I will make new heavens and a new earth. And they will last forever," announces the Lord. "In the same way, your name and your children after you will last.
Everyone will come and bow down to me. They will do it at every New Moon Feast and on every Sabbath day," says the Lord.