1And the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the second time, when he was yet bound in the court of the prison, saying,
2Thus saith the Lord, who made the earth and formed it, to establish it; the Lord is his name;
3Cry to me, and I will answer thee, and I will declare to thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
4For thus saith the Lord concerning the houses of this city, and concerning the houses of the king of Judah, which have been pulled down for mounds and fortifications,
5to fight against the Chaldeans, and to fill it with the corpses of men, whom I smote in mine anger and my wrath, and turned away my face from them, for all their wickedness:
6Behold, I bring upon her healing and cure, and I will show myself to them, and will heal her, and make both peace and security.
7And I will turn the captivity of Judah, and the captivity of Israel, and will build them, even as before.
8And I will cleanse them from all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned against me, and will not remember their sins, whereby they have sinned against me, and revolted from me.
9And it shall be for joy and praise, and for glory to all the people of the earth, who shall hear all the good that I will do: and they shall fear and be provoked for all the good things and for all the peace which I will bring upon them.
10Thus saith the Lord; There shall yet be heard in this place, of which ye say, It is destitute of men and cattle, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, the places that have been made desolate for want of men and cattle,
11the voice of gladness, and the voice of joy, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of men saying, Give thanks to the Lord Almighty: for the Lord is good; for his mercy endures forever: and they shall bring gifts into the house of the Lord; for I will turn all the captivity of that land as before, said the Lord.
12Thus saith the Lord of hosts; There shall yet be in this place, that is desert for want of man and beast, in all the cities thereof, resting places for shepherds causing their flocks to lie down.
13In the cities of the hill country, and in the cities of the valley, and in the cities of the south, and in the land of Benjamin, and in the cities round about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, flocks shall yet pass under the hand of him that numbers them, saith the Lord.