Promised Blessings for Jerusalem
1 Then another message came to me from the Lord Almighty:
2 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: My love for Mount
Zion is passionate and strong; I am consumed with passion for
3 And now the Lord says: I am returning to Mount Zion, and I
will live in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City;
the mountain of the Lord Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain.
4 This is what the Lord Almighty says: Once again old men and
women will walk Jerusalem’s streets with a cane and sit together in the
5 And the streets of the city will be filled with boys and
girls at play.
6 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: All
this may seem impossible to you now, a small and discouraged remnant of
God’s people. But do you think this is impossible for me, the Lord
7 This is what the Lord Almighty says: You
can be sure that I will rescue my people from the east and from the
8 I will bring them home again to live
safely in Jerusalem. They will be my people, and I will be faithful and
just toward them as their God.>
9 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: Take
heart and finish the task! You have heard what the prophets have been
saying about building the Temple of the Lord Almighty ever since the
foundation was laid.
10 Before the work on the Temple began,
there were no jobs and no wages for either people or animals. No traveler
was safe from the enemy, for there were enemies on all sides. I had turned
everyone against each other.
11 But now I will not treat the remnant of
my people as I treated them before, says the Lord Almighty.
12 For I am planting seeds of peace and
prosperity among you. The grapevines will be heavy with fruit. The earth
will produce its crops, and the sky will release the dew. Once more I will
make the remnant in Judah and Israel the heirs of these
13 Among the nations, Judah and Israel had
become symbols of what it means to be cursed. But no longer! Now I will
rescue you and make you both a symbol and a source of blessing! So don’t be
afraid or discouraged, but instead get on with rebuilding the
14 “For this is what the Lord Almighty says:
I did not change my mind when your ancestors angered me and I promised to
punish them, says the Lord Almighty.
15 Neither will I change my decision to
bless Jerusalem and the people of Judah. So don’t be afraid.
16 But this is what you must do: Tell the
truth to each other. Render verdicts in your courts that are just and that
lead to peace.
17 Do not make evil plots to harm each
other. And stop this habit of swearing to things that are false. I hate all
these things, says the Lord.”
18 Here is another message that came to me
from the Lord Almighty.
19 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: The
traditional fasts and times of mourning you have kept in early summer,
midsummer, autumn, and winter* are now ended. They will become festivals of
joy and celebration for the people of Judah. So love truth and
20 “This is what the Lord Almighty says:
People from nations and cities around the world will travel to
21 The people of one city will say to the
people in another, ‘Let us go to Jerusalem to ask the Lord to bless us and
to seek the Lord Almighty. We are planning to go ourselves.’
22 People from many nations, even powerful
nations, will come to Jerusalem to seek the Lord Almighty and to ask the
Lord to bless them.
23 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: In
those days ten people from nations and languages around the world will
clutch at the hem of one Jew’s robe. And they will say, ‘Please let us walk
with you, for we have heard that God is with you.