I will give you back your health and heal your wounds, says the LORD." Now you are called an outcast -- 'Jerusalem a for whom nobody cares.'
But the LORD says this: "When I bring you home again from your captivity and restore your fortunes, Jerusalem will be rebuilt on her ruins. The palace will be reconstructed as it was before.
There will be joy and songs of thanksgiving, and I will multiply my people and make of them a great and honored nation.
Their children will prosper as they did long ago. I will establish them as a nation before me, and I will punish anyone who hurts them.
They will have their own ruler again, and he will not be a foreigner. I will invite him to approach me, says the LORD, for who would dare to come unless invited?
You will be my people, and I will be your God."
Look! The LORD's anger bursts out like a storm, a driving wind that swirls down on the heads of the wicked.
The fierce anger of the LORD will not diminish until it has finished all his plans. In the days to come, you will understand all this.
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)