This city has aroused my anger and wrath, from the day it was built until this day, so that I will remove it from my sight
because of all the evil of the people of Israel and the people of Judah that they did to provoke me to anger—they, their kings and their officials, their priests and their prophets, the citizens of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
They have turned their backs to me, not their faces; though I have taught them persistently, they would not listen and accept correction.
They set up their abominations in the house that bears my name, and defiled it.
They built the high places of Baal in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did it enter my mind that they should do this abomination, causing Judah to sin.
Now therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning this city of which you say, "It is being given into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence":
See, I am going to gather them from all the lands to which I drove them in my anger and my wrath and in great indignation; I will bring them back to this place, and I will settle them in safety.
They shall be my people, and I will be their God.
I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me for all time, for their own good and the good of their children after them.
I will make an everlasting covenant with them, never to draw back from doing good to them; and I will put the fear of me in their hearts, so that they may not turn from me.
I will rejoice in doing good to them, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (New Revised Standard Bible Version Online)