The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the guard:
"Thus says the LORD who made the earth, the LORD who formed it to establish it--the LORD is his name:
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things which you have not known.
For thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city and the houses of the kings of Judah which were torn down to make a defense against the siege mounds and before the sword:
The Chalde'ans are coming in to fight and to fill them with the dead bodies of men whom I shall smite in my anger and my wrath, for I have hidden my face from this city because of all their wickedness.
Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security.
I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel, and rebuild them as they were at first.
I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive all the guilt of their sin and rebellion against me.
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