Holding on to His promises of restoration …
You’re … going to resettle abandoned cities.
Don’t be afraid … don’t hold back … you’re not going to come up short.
You’ll forget all about the humiliations … and the indignities will fade from memory.
For your Maker is your bridegroom,
His name, God-of-the-Angel-Armies!
Your Redeemer is The Holy of Israel,
known as God of the whole earth.
You were like an abandoned wife, devastated with grief,
and God welcomed you back.
“With enormous compassion, I’m bringing you back.
It’s with lasting love that I’m tenderly caring for you.
For even if the mountains walk away
and the hills fall to pieces,
My love won’t walk away from you,
my covenant commitment of peace won’t fall apart.”
The God who has compassion on you says so.
Afflicted … storm-battered …
I’m about to rebuild you with stones of turquoise,
Lay your foundations with sapphires,
construct your towers with rubies,
Your gates with jewels,
and all your walls with precious stones.
All your children will have God for their teacher—
what a mentor for your children!
You’ll be built solid, grounded in righteousness,
far from any trouble – nothing to fear!
far from terror – it won’t even come close!
If anyone attacks you,
don’t for a moment suppose that I sent them,
And if any should attack,
nothing will come of it.
I create the blacksmith
who fires up his forge
and makes a weapon.
I also create the destroyer –
but no weapon that can hurt you has ever been forged.
Any accuser who takes you to court
will be dismissed as a liar.
This is what God’s servants can expect.
I’ll see to it that everything works out for the best.”