Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let
him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our
God, for he will freely pardon.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your
ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are
higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and
my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down
from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower
and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in
joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst
into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their
hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead
of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD's renown,
for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed."