God will make Israel and Jerusalem strong again
‘At that time I will bring together the people who cannot walk well.
I will bring back the people that I sent away.
I caused trouble for those people,
but I will bring them back together.
Together with some of those people that I sent far away,
I will make them my own special people.
They will be strong,
and I will rule over them from
I will be their king from that time and always.
it was a strong, safe place for
It was like a tall building,
from which a man can watch over his sheep.
Then it will again be a place where a king rules with great authority.’
you are crying aloud like people who have no king.
You cry like people who have no
You have bad pains like a woman who is giving birth to a baby.
like a woman who is giving birth to a baby.
She rolls about and she screams with pain.
Soon you will have to leave your city and you will have to live in the fields.
You will have to go to Babylon,
but there the Lord will save you.
He will make you free again from the authority of your enemies.
They say: ‘We will destroy Jerusalem and we will enjoy ourselves.
We want to see
They do not understand how he will
He will bring them together,
as people bring
‘Hit them like people thresh the wheat.
I will make you very strong.
Then you will be like dangerous animals with iron horns and metal feet.
You will beat enemies from many countries,
The people from those countries became rich,
because they did bad things.
But you will bring their
because I am the Lord of all the earth.’