*THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Ezekiel 36 ©
By the speech directed to the mountains of Israel, God foretells that He will in great zeal execute vengeance upon the enemies of His church, that had derided, oppressed and made havoc of her, v. 1, etc. And that He will most gloriously restore, multiply and bless her, 8. He shows that He was necessitated to punish and chastise her for her sins, for the honor of His holy Name, 16. But that He will again for His Name’s sake, out of free grace and mercy, abundantly favor her, cleanse her, sanctify her by His Holy Spirit, and fill her with all manner of blessings, and everlastingly save her, 21, etc.
ALSO, thou son of man, prophesy 1unto the mountainsa of Israel, and say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD:
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the 2enemy hath said against you, 3Aha, even the 4ancient high places are ours in possession:b
Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they have made 5you desolate, and 6swallowed you up on every side, 7that ye might be a possession unto the 8residue of the heathen, and ye are 9taken up in the 10lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people:
Therefore, ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD 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 heathen that are round about;
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; 11Surely 12in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and against all Idumea, which have appointed 13my land14 into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with 15despiteful minds, to cast 16it out for a 17prey.
Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I have spoken in my jealousy and in my fury, because ye have borne the 18shamec of the heathen:
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I have lifted up 19mine hand, Surely the heathen that are about you, they shall bear their shame.
¶But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth 20your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for 21they are at hand to come.
For, behold, I am for 22you, and I will 23turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown:
And I will multiply 24men upon you, 25all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded:
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 26will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
Yea, I will cause men to walk upon you, even my people Israel; and they shall possess thee, and thou shalt be their inheritance, and thou shalt no more 27henceforth bereave them of men.
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they 28say unto you, Thou land devourest up men, and hast 29bereaved 30thy nations;
Therefore thou shalt devour men no more, neither 31bereave thy nations any more, saith the Lord GOD.
Neither will I cause men to hear in thee the 32shame of the heathen any more, neither shalt thou bear the reproach of the people any more, neither shalt thou cause thy nations to fall any more, saith the Lord GOD.
¶Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own 33way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a 34removed woman.
Wherefore I 35poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed 36upon the land, and for their 37idols wherewith they had polluted it:
And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them.
And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profanedd38my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of 39his land.
¶But I had 40pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went.
Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.
And I will 41sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be 42sanctified in you before 43their eyes.
For I will 44take 45you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
¶Then will I sprinkle clean 46water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your 47filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
A 48newe heart also will I give you, and a new spiritf will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my 49people, and I will be your 50God.
I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will 51call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famineg upon you.
And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.
Then shall ye 52rememberh your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothei53yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.
Not for 54your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel.
Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to 55dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded.
And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by.
And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of 56Eden;j and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.
Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD build the ruined places, and 57plant that that was desolate: Ik the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it.
Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will yet for this be 58enquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them 59with men like a flock.
As the holy 60flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men: and they shall know that I am the LORD.