10 Rain and snow fall from the sky
and don’t return without watering the ground.
They cause the plants to sprout and grow,
making seeds for the ·farmer [sower]
and bread for the ·people [L eater].
11 The same thing is true of the words ·I speak [L that go out of my mouth].
They will not return to me empty.
They ·make the things happen that I want to happen [accomplish what I desire/purpose],
and they succeed in doing what I send them to do.
12 “So you will go out with joy [C returning from the Babylonian exile]
and be led out in peace.
The mountains and hills will burst into song before you,
and all the trees in the fields will clap their hands [C the earth rejoices at God’s restoration of creation].
New International Version
10 As the rain(A) and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,(B)
so that it yields seed(C) for the sower and bread for the eater,(D)
11 so is my word(E) that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,(F)
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose(G) for which I sent it.
12 You will go out in joy(H)
and be led forth in peace;(I)
the mountains and hills
will burst into song(J) before you,
and all the trees(K) of the field
will clap their hands.(L)