Next God consoles the mountains of Israel. Yeah, other nations were thinking they could come in and take over those mountains, like Edom. But God's not gonna let that happen; he'll make sure that the mountains will stay in shape and will provide fruit for the people when they return.
The towns will be repopulated, and the animals will come back too.
God says that he'll never deprive the mountains of children and inhabitants again.
They won't suffer the scorn of other people who claim that the land of Israel devours its children.
The Comeback King
The people defiled the land with uncleanness—like, God says, a menstrual period.
So God destroyed the land as punishment for idol worship and the other usual culprits.
God says he isn't going to let them return for their sake, but for the sake of his own name. He's got a reputation to uphold.
God will cleanse the people with water sprinkled on them, give them a new heart and a new spirit to replace the old, and put his spirit in them to make sure they follow his laws.
He won't let the people starve and will make sure their land and fruit flourishes.
The land, which had been laid waste like Eden after the fall, will be restored, and the people will return to rebuild their cities.
All the other nations will see God's power through this amazing comeback.