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10 The rain and the snow
    come down from the sky.
They do not return to it
    without watering the earth.
They make plants come up and grow.
    The plants produce seeds for farmers.
    They also produce food for people to eat.
11 The words I speak are like that.
    They will not return to me without producing results.
They will accomplish what I want them to.
    They will do exactly what I sent them to do.

12 “My people, you will go out of Babylon with joy.
    You will be led out of it in peace.
The mountains and hills
    will burst into song as you go.
And all the trees in the fields
    will clap their hands.

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