So 1 I again considered 2 another 3 futile thing on earth: 4
and I return safely to my father’s home, 1 then the Lord will become my God.
Shabbethai and Jozabad, leaders 1 of the Levites, were in charge of the external work for the temple of God;
Surely your goodness and faithfulness 1 will pursue 2 me all my days, 3 and I will live in 4 the Lord’s house 5 for the rest of my life. 6
Yet in days to come I will reverse Moab’s ill fortune.” 1 says the Lord. 2 The judgment against Moab ends here.
Only Jonathan son of Asahel and Jahzeiah son of Tikvah were 1 against this, assisted by Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite.
“‘I will restore their fortunes, the fortunes of Sodom and her daughters, and the fortunes of Samaria and her daughters (along with your fortunes among them),
I will restore the fortunes of Egypt, and will bring them back 1 to the land of Pathros, to the land of their origin; there they will be an insignificant kingdom.
So 1 I again considered 2 all the oppression 3 that continually occurs 4 on earth. 5 This is what I saw: 6 The oppressed 7 were in tears, 8 but no one was comforting them; no one delivers 9 them from the power of their oppressors.
I will make myself available to you,’ 1 says the Lord. 2 ‘Then I will reverse your plight 3 and will regather you from all the nations and all the places where I have exiled you,’ says the Lord. 4 ‘I will bring you back to the place from which I exiled you.’
For I, the Lord, affirm 1 that the time will come when I will reverse the plight 2 of my people, Israel and Judah,’ says the Lord. ‘I will bring them back to the land I gave their ancestors 3 and they will take possession of it once again.’” 4
I will bring back my people, Israel; 1 they will rebuild the cities lying in rubble 2 and settle down. 3 They will plant vineyards and drink the wine they produce; 4 they will grow orchards 5 and eat the fruit they produce. 6