Ezekiel 36

Ezekiel 36

 
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1 "Son of man, prophesy to Israel's mountains. Give them this message: O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD!

2 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Your enemies have taunted you, saying, `Aha! Now the ancient heights belong to us!'

3 Therefore, son of man, give the mountains of Israel this message from the Sovereign LORD: Your enemies have attacked you from all directions, and now you are possessed by many nations. You are the object of much mocking and slander.

4 Therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign LORD. He speaks to the hills and mountains, ravines and valleys, and to ruined wastes and long-deserted cities that have been destroyed and mocked by foreign nations everywhere.

5 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: My jealous anger is on fire against these nations, especially Edom, because they have shown utter contempt for me by gleefully taking my land for themselves as plunder.

6 "Therefore, prophesy to the hills and mountains, the ravines and valleys of Israel. Give them this message from the Sovereign LORD: I am full of fury because you have suffered shame before the surrounding nations.

7 Therefore, says the Sovereign LORD, I have raised my hand and sworn an oath that those nations will soon have their turn at suffering shame.

8 But the mountains of Israel will produce heavy crops of fruit to prepare for my people's return--and they will be coming home again soon!

9 See, I am concerned for you, and I will come to help you. Your ground will be tilled and your crops planted.

10 I will greatly increase the population of Israel, and the ruined cities will be rebuilt and filled with people.

11 Not only the people, but your flocks and herds will also greatly multiply. O mountains of Israel, I will bring people to live on you once again. I will make you even more prosperous than you were before. Then you will know that I am the LORD.

12 I will cause my people to walk on you once again, and you will be their inheritance. You will never again devour their children.

13 "This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Now the other nations taunt you, saying, `Israel is a land that devours her own people!'

14 But you will never again devour your people or bereave your nation, says the Sovereign LORD.

15 I will not allow those foreign nations to sneer at you, and you will no longer be shamed by them or cause your nation to fall, says the Sovereign LORD."

16 Then this further message came to me from the LORD:

17 "Son of man, when the people of Israel were living in their own land, they defiled it by their evil deeds. To me their conduct was as filthy as a bloody rag.

18 They polluted the land with murder and by worshiping idols, so I poured out my fury on them.

19 I scattered them to many lands to punish them for the evil way they had lived.

20 But when they were scattered among the nations, they brought dishonor to my holy name. For the nations said, `These are the people of the LORD, and he couldn't keep them safe in his own land!'

21 Then I was concerned for my holy name, which had been dishonored by my people throughout the world.

22 "Therefore, give the people of Israel this message from the Sovereign LORD: I am bringing you back again but not because you deserve it. I am doing it to protect my holy name, which you dishonored while you were scattered among the nations.

23 I will show how holy my great name is--the name you dishonored among the nations. And when I reveal my holiness through you before their very eyes, says the Sovereign LORD, then the nations will know that I am the LORD.

24 For I will gather you up from all the nations and bring you home again to your land.

25 "Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols.

26 And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony heart of sin and give you a new, obedient heart.*1

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Notes:

1: Hebrew a heart of flesh.


New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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