12 I will destroy her vines and fig trees, about which she said, ‘These are my wages for prostitution that my lovers gave to me!’I will turn her cultivated vines and fig trees into an uncultivated thicket, so that wild animals will devour them. 13 I will punish her for the festival days when she burned incense to the Baal idols; she adorned herself with earrings and jewelry, and went after her lovers, but she forgot me!” says the Lord. 14 “However, in the future I will allure her; I will lead her back into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. 15 From there I will give back her vineyards to her and turn the ‘Valley of Trouble’ into an ‘Opportunity for Hope.’ There she will sing as she did when she was young, when she came up from the land of Egypt. 16 At that time,” declares the Lord, “you will call me, ‘My husband’; you will never again call me, ‘My master.’
4 Don’t be afraid, for you will not be put to shame. Don’t be intimidated, for you will not be humiliated. You will forget about the shame you experienced in your youth; you will no longer remember the disgrace of your abandonment. 5 For your husband is the one who made you—the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is his name. He is your Protector, the Holy One of Israel. He is called “God of the entire earth.” 6 “Indeed, the Lord will call you back like a wife who has been abandoned and suffers from depression, like a young wife when she has been rejected,” says your God. 7 “For a short time I abandoned you, but with great compassion I will gather you. 8 In a burst of anger I rejected you momentarily, but with lasting devotion I will have compassion on you,”says your Protector, the Lord.
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Thank you for your submission!