vs. 14-16 However, the days are coming,” declares the LORD”, when men will no longer say, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’ but they will say, ‘As surely as the LORD lives who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them. for I will restore them to the land I gave their forefathers.” But now, I will send for many fishermen, declares the LORD, ” and they will catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks. My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is their sin concealed from my eyes.
The Lord is pronouncing absolute devastation on Israel for her idol worship, but even in this dire prophecy is a promise of hope. Someday, He will rescue them again, and bring them home. Our promise of Hope is in the sacrifice of Jesus. When we come to the cross and acknowledge the price paid for our sins, we repent, and we find there, our true home in the Living God.