The Lord said to his people, "I scattered you in all directions. But now, you exiles, escape from Babylonia and return to Jerusalem.
Anyone who strikes you strikes what is most precious to me." So the Lord Almighty sent me with this message for the nations that had plundered his people:
"The Lord himself will fight against you, and you will be plundered by the people who were once your servants." When this happens, everyone will know that the Lord Almighty sent me.
The Lord said, "Sing for joy, people of Jerusalem! I am coming to live among you!"
At that time many nations will come to the Lord and become his people. He will live among you, and you will know that he has sent me to you.
Once again Judah will be the special possession of the Lord in his sacred land, and Jerusalem will be the city he loves most of all.