For the Lord will have compassion on Jacob and will again choose Israel, and will set them in their own land, and sojourners will join them and will attach themselves to the house of Jacob.
This was a mesage of hope to strengthen the Jewish people as they suffered in exile in Babylon. God promised to restore them to their home. He promised in compassion to make them a nation that the world would look to once again. And that is exactly what occurred.
The Jews were allowed to leave their captivity. Babylon was temporary. Again, they came home to rebuild families, homes, and cities. Again they were given the blessings of the covenant as they followed and worshiped Yahweh. And the interest of the world was again focused upon Israel.
And now in the start of the 21st century, Israel is again a focal point. One of the reasons I believe in God is I cannot explain Israel without Him. The Jews by all practical rights of history should have been wiped out by all the centuries of hatred poured on them. Yet the nation of Israel somehow keeps going strong. Clearly God is keeping something with Israel. I can't deny it.