While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the LORD gave him this second message:
"The LORD, the Maker of the heavens and earth -- the LORD is his name -- says this:
Ask me and I will tell you some remarkable secrets about what is going to happen here.
For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Though you have torn down the houses of this city and even the king's palace to get materials to strengthen the walls against the siege weapons of the enemy,
the Babylonians a will still enter. The men of this city are already as good as dead, for I have determined to destroy them in my terrible anger. I have abandoned them because of all their wickedness.
"Nevertheless, the time will come when I will heal Jerusalem's damage and give her prosperity and peace.
I will restore the fortunes of Judah and Israel and rebuild their cities.
I will cleanse away their sins against me, and I will forgive all their sins of rebellion.
Then this city will bring me joy, glory, and honor before all the nations of the earth! The people of the world will see the good I do for my people and will tremble with awe!
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)