For I am about to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness for my people to come home. I will create rivers for them in the desert!
The wild animals in the fields will thank me, the jackals and ostriches, too, for giving them water in the wilderness. Yes, I will make springs in the desert, so that my chosen people can be refreshed.
I have made Israel for myself, and they will someday honor me before the whole world."
"But, my dear people, you refuse to ask for my help. You have grown tired of me!
You have not brought me lambs for burnt offerings. You have not honored me with sacrifices, though I have not burdened and wearied you with my requests for grain offerings and incense.
You have not brought me fragrant incense or pleased me with the fat from sacrifices. Instead, you have burdened me with your sins and wearied me with your faults."
"I -- yes, I alone -- am the one who blots out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.
Let us review the situation together, and you can present your case if you have one.
From the very beginning, your ancestors sinned against me -- all your leaders broke my laws.
That is why I have disgraced your priests and assigned Israel a future of complete destruction a and shame."
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)