Ezekiel 36

1 “Also, you son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Yisrael, and say, ‘You mountains of Yisrael, hear the word of יהוה:

2 Thus saith Lord (Adonai) יהוה: “Because the enemy hath said against you, ‘Aha! Even the ancient high places are ours in possession;’”’

3 Therefore prophesy and say, ‘Thus saith Lord (Adonai) יהוה: “Because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that you might be a possession unto the residue of the nations, and you are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people;”

4 Therefore, you mountains of Yisrael, hear the word of Lord (Adonai) יהוה: Thus saith Lord (Adonai) יהוה to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes, and to the cities that are forsaken, which became a prey and derision to the residue of the nations that are round about;

5 Therefore thus saith Lord (Adonai) יהוה: “Surely in the fire of My jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the nations, and against all Idumea, which have appointed My land into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey.”’

6 Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Yisrael, and say unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, ‘Thus saith Lord (Adonai) יהוה: “Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and in My fury, because you have borne the shame of the nations.”

7 Therefore thus saith Lord (Adonai) יהוה: “I have lifted up Mine hand, Surely the nations that are about you, they shall bear their shame.

8 But you, O mountains of Yisrael, you shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to My people of Yisrael; for they are at hand to come.

9 For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and you shall be tilled and sown.

10 And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Yisrael, even all of it; and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded.

11 And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit; and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings; and you shall know that I am יהוה.

12 Yea, I will cause men to walk upon you, even My people Yisrael; and they shall possess you, and you shalt be their inheritance, and you shalt no more henceforth bereave them of men.”

13 Thus saith Lord (Adonai) יהוה: “Because they say unto you, ‘You land devourest up men, and hast bereaved your nations;’

14 Therefore you shalt devour men no more, neither bereave your nations any more,” saith Lord (Adonai) יהוה.

15 “Neither will I cause men to hear in you the shame of the nations any more, neither shalt you bear the reproach of the people any more, neither shalt you cause your nations to fall any more,” saith Lord (Adonai) יהוה.’”

16 Moreover the word of יהוה came unto me, saying:

17 “Son of man, when the house of Yisrael dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings; their way was before Me as the uncleanness of a removed woman.

18 Wherefore I poured My fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it.

19 And I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed through the countries; according to their way and according to their doings I judged them.

20 And when they entered unto the nations, whither they went, they profaned My holy name, when they said to them, ‘These are the people of יהוה, and are gone forth out of his land.’

21 But I had pity for Mine holy name, which the house of Yisrael had profaned among the nations, whither they went.

22 Therefore say unto the house of Yisrael, ‘Thus saith Lord (Adonai) יהוה: “I do not this for your sakes, O house of Yisrael, but for Mine holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations, whither you went.

23 And I will sanctify My great name, which was profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in the midst of them; and the nations shall know that I am יהוה,” saith Lord (Adonai) יהוה, “when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.

24 For I will take you from among the nations, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean; from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.

26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.

27 And I will put My Spirit (Ruchi) within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall keep My judgments, and do them.

28 And you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and you shall be My people, and I will be your God (Elohim).

29 I will also save you from all your uncleannesses; and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.

30 And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that you shall receive no more reproach of famine among the nations.

31 Then shall you remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.

32 Not for your sakes do I this,” saith Lord (Adonai) יהוה, “be it known unto you; be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Yisrael!”

33 Thus saith Lord (Adonai) יהוה: “In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded.

34 And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by.

35 And they shall say, ‘This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.’

36 Then the nations that are left round about you shall know that I יהוה build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate. I, יהוה have spoken it, and I will do it.”

37 Thus saith Lord (Adonai) יהוה: “I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Yisrael, to do it for them: I will increase them with men like a flock.

38 As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) in her solemn feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men; and they shall know that I am יהוה.”’”