18 Then the Lord was jealousf for his land
and took pityg on his people.
19 The Lord replieda to them:
enough to satisfy you fully;j
never again will I make you
an object of scornk to the nations.
20 “I will drive the northern hordel far from you,
pushing it into a parched and barren land;
its eastern ranks will drown in the Dead Sea
and its western ranks in the Mediterranean Sea.
And its stenchm will go up;
its smell will rise.”
Surely he has done great things!
21 Do not be afraid,n land of Judah;
be glad and rejoice.o
Surely the Lord has done great things!p
for the pastures in the wilderness are becoming green.q
The trees are bearing their fruit;
rejoiceu in the Lord your God,
for he has given you the autumn rains
because he is faithful.v
He sends you abundant showers,w
the great locust and the young locust,
the other locusts and the locust swarmb—
my great armyd that I sent among you.
26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,e
and you will praisef the name of the Lord your God,
who has worked wondersg for you;
never again will my people be shamed.h
Or Lord will be jealous … / and take pity … / 19The Lord will reply
The precise meaning of the four Hebrew words used here for locusts is uncertain.