35 This is what the Lord says,

he who appoints(A) the sun
    to shine by day,
who decrees the moon and stars
    to shine by night,(B)
who stirs up the sea(C)
    so that its waves roar(D)
    the Lord Almighty is his name:(E)
36 “Only if these decrees(F) vanish from my sight,”
    declares the Lord,
“will Israel(G) ever cease
    being a nation before me.”

37 This is what the Lord says:

“Only if the heavens above can be measured(H)
    and the foundations of the earth below be searched out
will I reject(I) all the descendants of Israel
    because of all they have done,”
declares the Lord.

38 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when this city will be rebuilt(J) for me from the Tower of Hananel(K) to the Corner Gate.(L) 39 The measuring line(M) will stretch from there straight to the hill of Gareb and then turn to Goah. 40 The whole valley(N) where dead bodies(O) and ashes are thrown, and all the terraces out to the Kidron Valley(P) on the east as far as the corner of the Horse Gate,(Q) will be holy(R) to the Lord. The city will never again be uprooted or demolished.”

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