11:16 “Therefore say: ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Although I have removed them far away among the nations and have dispersed them among the countries, I have been a little 1 sanctuary for them among the lands where they have gone.’
11:17 “Therefore say: ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: When I regather you from the peoples and assemble you from the lands where you have been dispersed, I will give you back the country of Israel.’
11:18 “When they return to it, they will remove from it all its detestable things and all its abominations. 11:19 I will give them one heart and I will put a new spirit within them; 2 I will remove the hearts of stone from their bodies 3 and I will give them tender hearts, 4 11:20 so that they may follow my statutes and observe my regulations and carry them out. Then they will be my people, and I will be their God. 5
1 tn Or “have been partially a sanctuary”; others take this as temporal (cf. NASB, NIV, NRSV “a little while”).
2 tc The MT reads “you”; many Hebrew
3 tn Heb “their flesh.”
4 tn Heb “heart of flesh.”