God promises his people that they can continue to trust him.
36 ‘You are hungry and you do not have any food. So you say that swords and illness will cause the king of Babylon to get power over this city. But the Lord, Israel's God says, 37 “I am very angry with them. So I will send them to countries that are far away. But I will certainly bring my people back to this place. I will let them live here and they will be safe. 38 They will be my people and I will be their God. 39 I will give the same purpose to all the people. I will do that so that their lives and their children's lives can be good. They will always give honour to me. 40 I will make a covenant with them that will last for all time. I will never stop doing good things for them. I will cause them to want to give honour to me so that they will never turn away from me. 41 I will be happy when I do good things for them. I really want to plant them in this country to grow, like trees. Nobody wants to do anything more than I want to do that.” ’
42 The Lord says, ‘I have caused much trouble to this people. In the same way, I will give great riches to them, as I promised. 43 People will buy fields in this country again. You say, “It is an empty country, without people or animals. The soldiers from Babylon have taken everything.” 44 But I tell you that people will pay silver to buy fields again in this country. They will write on paper to show who the land belongs to. They will carefully put seals on the paper to keep it safe. There will be witnesses who say that it is true. Yes, people will buy fields again in the land of Benjamin and in the villages round Jerusalem. They will buy land in the towns of Judah. And they will buy it in the low hills in the west and in the Negev region in the south. At that time, I will give back to them the good things that they lost. I, the Lord, tell you that this is true!’