For on my holy mountain, says the Sovereign LORD, the people of Israel will someday worship me, and I will accept them. There I will require that you bring me all your offerings and choice gifts and sacrifices.
When I bring you home from exile, you will be as pleasing to me as an offering of perfumed incense. And I will display my holiness in you as all the nations watch.
Then when I have brought you home to the land I promised your ancestors, you will know that I am the LORD.
You will look back at all your sins and hate yourselves because of the evil you have done.
You will know that I am the LORD, O people of Israel, when I have honored my name by treating you mercifully in spite of your wickedness, says the Sovereign LORD."
Then this message came to me from the LORD:
"Son of man, look toward the south a and speak out against it; prophesy against the fields of the Negev.
Give the southern wilderness this message from the Sovereign LORD: Hear the word of the LORD! I will set you on fire, O forest, and every tree will be burned -- green and dry trees alike. The terrible flames will not be quenched; they will scorch everything from south to north.
And all the world will see that I, the LORD, have set this fire. It will not be put out."
Then I said, "O Sovereign LORD, they are saying of me, 'He only talks in riddles!'"
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)