Today's reading offers a glimmer of hope amid the tears of exile. After admitting that God's punishment is just, there is an admission that God's love is steadfast and unending. The people pray to God through their tears of anguish and suffering, and God hears their pleas. Eventually will have compassion and return favor on the chosen people, the Jews, and they will not be in exile, but free. Of course, this will only happen if the Jews learn from the mistakes and conform their lives to God's expectations.