NASB — Ezekiel 36 — KJV

The Mountains of Israel to Be Blessed

1 “And you, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, ‘O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD. 2 Thus says the Lord IGOD, “Because the enemy has spoken against you, ‘Aha!’ and, ‘The everlasting IIaheights have become our possession,’ 3 therefore prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “IFor good reason they have made you adesolate and crushed you from every side, that you would become a possession of the rest of the nations and you have been taken up in the IIbtalk and the whispering of the people.”’” 4 Therefore, O amountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD. Thus says the Lord GOD to the mountains and to the hills, to the ravines and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes and to the forsaken cities which have become a bprey and a derision to the rest of the nations which are round about, 5 therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Surely in the fire of My ajealousy I have spoken against the brest of the nations, and against all Edom, who Iappropriated My land for themselves as a possession with wholehearted cjoy [and] with scorn of soul, to drive it out for a prey.” 6 Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel and say to the mountains and to the hills, to the ravines and to the valleys, “Thus says the Lord GOD, ‘Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and in My wrath because you have aendured the insults of the nations.’ 7 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, ‘I have Isworn that surely the nations which are around you will themselves endure their insults. 8 But you, O mountains of Israel, you will aput forth your branches and bear your fruit for My people Israel; for they will soon come. 9 For, behold, I am for you, and I will aturn to you, and you will be bcultivated and sown. 10 I will multiply men on you, aall the house of Israel, all of it; and the bcities will be inhabited and the waste places will be rebuilt. 11 I will multiply on you man and beast; and they will increase and be fruitful; and I will cause you to be inhabited as you were aformerly and will Itreat you bbetter than at the first. Thus you will know that I am the LORD. 12 Yes, I will cause amen—My people Israel—to walk on you and possess you, so that you will become their binheritance and never again cbereave them of children.’

[2] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD, and so throughout the ch IIHeb Bamoth aDt 32:13; Ps 78:69; Is 58:14; Hab 3:19
[3] ILit Because; or By the cause IILit lip of the tongue aJr 2:15 bPs 44:13, 14; Jr 18:16; Ezk 35:13
[4] aDt 11:11; Ezk 36:1, 6, 8 bEzk 34:8, 28
[5] ILit gave aEzk 5:13; 36:6; 38:19 bJr 25:9, 15-29; Ezk 36:3 cJr 50:11; Ezk 35:15; Mi 7:8
[6] aPs 74:10; 123:3, 4; Ezk 34:29
[7] ILit lifted up My hand
[8] aIs 4:2; 27:6; Ezk 17:23; 34:26-29
[9] aLv 26:9 bEzk 28:26; 34:14; 36:34
[10] aIs 27:6; 49:17-23; Ezk 37:21, 22 bJr 31:27, 28; 33:12; Ezk 36:33
[11] ILit cause good aJr 30:18; Ezk 16:55; Mi 7:14 bJb 42:12; Is 51:3
[12] aEzk 34:13, 14 bEzk 47:14 cJr 15:7; Ezk 22:12, 27

13 ¶ “Thus says the Lord GOD, ‘Because they say to you, “You are a adevourer of men and have bereaved your Ination of children,” 14 therefore you will no longer devour men and no longer bereave your nation of children,’ declares the Lord GOD. 15 “I will not let you hear ainsults from the nations anymore, nor will you bear bdisgrace from the peoples any longer, nor will you cause your nation to cstumble any longer,” declares the Lord GOD.’”

[13] IOr nations, and so throughout the ch aNu 13:32
[15] aIs 60:14; Ezk 34:29; 36:7 bPs 89:50; Is 54:4; Ezk 22:4 cIs 63:13; Jr 13:16; 18:15

16 ¶ Then the word of the LORD came to me saying, 17 “Son of man, when the house of Israel was living in their own land, they adefiled it by their ways and their deeds; their way before Me was like bthe uncleanness of a woman in her impurity. 18 Therefore I apoured out My wrath on them for the blood which they had shed on the land, because they had defiled it with their idols. 19 Also I ascattered them among the nations and they were dispersed throughout the lands. bAccording to their ways and their deeds I judged them. 20 When they came to the nations where they went, they aprofaned My holy name, because it was said of them, ‘These are the bpeople of the LORD; yet they have come out of His land.’ 21 But I had Iconcern for My aholy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations where they went.

[17] aJr 2:7 bLv 15:19
[18] a2Ch 34:21, 25; Lm 2:4; 4:11; Ezk 22:20, 22
[19] aDt 28:64; Ezk 5:12; 22:15; Am 9:9 bEzk 24:14; 39:24; Ro 2:6
[20] aIs 52:5; Ezk 12:16; Ro 2:24 bJr 33:24
[21] ILit compassion aPs 74:18; Is 48:9; Ezk 20:44

Israel to Be Renewed for His Name’s Sake

22 ¶ “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “It is anot for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went. 23 I will avindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the bnations will know that I am the LORD,” declares the Lord GOD, “when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight. 24 For I will atake you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land. 25 Then I will asprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your bfilthiness and from all your cidols. 26 Moreover, I will give you a anew heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the bheart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will aput My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. 28 You will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be aMy people, and I will be your God. 29 Moreover, I will save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the grain and multiply it, and I awill not Ibring a famine on you. 30 I will amultiply the fruit of the tree and the produce of the field, so that you will not receive again the disgrace of famine among the nations. 31 Then you will aremember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and your abominations. 32 I am not doing [this] afor your sake,” declares the Lord GOD, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel!”

[22] aDt 7:7, 8; 9:5, 6; Ezk 36:32
[23] aIs 5:16; Ezk 20:41; 38:23; 39:7, 25 bPs 102:15; 126:2
[24] aIs 43:5, 6; Ezk 34:13; 37:21
[25] aNu 19:17-19; Ps 51:7; Tit 3:5, 6; He 9:13, 19; 10:22 bIs 4:4; Zc 13:1 cIs 2:18, 20; Ho 14:3, 8
[26] aPs 51:10; Ezk 11:19; 18:31; Jn 3:3, 5; 2Co 5:17 bEzk 11:19; Zc 7:12
[27] aIs 44:3; 59:21; Ezk 37:14; 39:29; Jol 2:28, 29
[28] aEzk 14:11; 37:23, 27
[29] ILit put aEzk 34:27, 29; Ho 2:21-23
[30] aLv 26:4; Ezk 34:27
[31] aEzk 16:61-63; 20:43
[32] aDt 9:5

33 ¶ ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will cause the acities to be inhabited, and the bwaste places will be rebuilt. 34 The desolate land will be cultivated instead of being a desolation in the sight of everyone who passes by. 35 They will say, ‘This desolate land has become like the agarden of Eden; and the waste, desolate and ruined cities are fortified [and] inhabited.’ 36 Then the nations that are left round about you will know that I, the LORD, have rebuilt the ruined places [and] planted that which was desolate; I, the LORD, have spoken and awill do it.”

[33] aEzk 36:10; Zc 8:7, 8 bIs 58:12
[35] aIs 51:3; Ezk 31:9; Jol 2:3
[36] aEzk 17:24; 22:14; 37:14; Ho 14:4-9

37 ¶ ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “This also I will let the house of Israel ask Me to do for them: I will increase their men like a flock. 38 Like the aflock Ifor sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem during her appointed feasts, so will the waste cities be filled with bflocks of men. Then they will know that I am the LORD.”’”

[38] ILit of holy things a1K 8:63; 2Ch 35:7-9; Jn 2:14 bPs 74:1; 100:3; Jr 23:1; Jn 10:7, 9, 16


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The land of Israel is comforted, both by destruction of the heathen, who spitefully used it,

1 ¶ Also, thou son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Israel, and say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD: 2 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession: 3 Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they have made [you] desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and [are] an infamy of the people: 4 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; 5 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Surely in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, 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 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 shame of the heathen: 7 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I have lifted up mine hand, Surely the heathen that [are] about you, they shall bear their shame.

[1] Jr 22:29; Ezk 6:2; 20:47; 33:28; 34:14; 36:4, 8; 37:4, 22.
[2] Dt 32:13; Ps 78:69; Is 58:14; Jr 49:1; Ezk 25:3; 26:2; 35:10; 36:5; Hab 3:19.
[3] Lv 26:43; Dt 28:37; 1K 9:7; Jb 30:1; Ps 35:15, 25; 44:13; 61:1; 69:12; 79:10; Pv 1:12; Jr 18:16; 24:9; 33:24; 39:1; 41:1; 51:34; 52:1; Lm 1:1; 2:2, 5, 15, 16; Ezk 13:10; Dn 9:16; Mt 27:39; 1Co 4:13.
[4] Dt 11:11; 2Ch 36:17; Ps 79:4; Is 6:11; 24:1; 64:10; Jr 25:9; 29:10; Ezk 6:14; 34:28; 36:1, 6, 33.
[5] Dt 4:24; Ps 83:4; 137:7; Pv 17:5; 24:17; Is 34:1; 63:1; 66:15; Jr 25:9, 15; 49:1, 7; Lm 4:21; Ezk 25:8, 12, 15; 35:1, 10, 15; 36:3; 38:19; Am 1:11; Ob 1:1, 12; Mi 7:8; Zp 2:8; 3:8; Zc 1:15; Mal 1:2.
[6] Ps 74:10, 18, 23; 123:3; Ezk 34:29; 36:4, 15.
[7] Dt 32:40; Jr 25:9, 15; 47:1; Ezk 20:5, 15; 25:1; Am 1:1; Zp 2:1; Rv 10:5.

and by the blessings of God promised unto it.

8 ¶ But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come. 9 For, behold, I [am] for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown: 10 And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, [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 ye shall know that I [am] the LORD. 12 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 henceforth bereave them [of men]. 13 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they say unto you, Thou [land] devourest up men, and hast bereaved thy nations; 14 Therefore thou shalt devour men no more, neither bereave thy nations any more, saith the Lord GOD. 15 Neither will I cause [men] to hear in thee the shame 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.

[8] Ps 67:6; 85:12; Is 4:2; 27:6; 30:23; Ezk 12:25; 34:26; Ho 2:21; Am 9:13; Php 4:5; He 10:37; Jm 5:8.
[9] Ps 46:11; 99:8; Ho 2:21; Jol 3:18; Hg 2:19; Zc 8:12; Mal 3:10; Ro 8:31.
[10] Is 27:6; 41:17; 51:3; 52:9; 58:12; 61:4; Jr 30:19; 31:10, 27; 33:12; Ezk 36:33, 37; Am 9:14; Zc 8:3.
[11] Is 30:26; 52:4; 54:7; Jr 23:5; 30:18; 31:27, 38; 33:12; Ezk 35:9; 36:35; 37:6, 13; Ho 2:20; Jol 3:18; Am 9:15; Ob 1:19; Mi 7:14; Hg 2:6; Zc 8:11; He 8:8; 11:40; 1Jn 5:20.
[12] Nu 13:32; Jr 15:7; 32:15, 44; Ezk 36:13; Ob 1:17.
[14] Is 60:21; Ezk 37:25; Am 9:15.
[15] Ps 89:50; Is 54:4; 60:14; Ezk 34:29; 36:6; Mi 7:8; Zp 2:8; 3:19.

Israel was rejected for their sin,

16 ¶ Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 17 Son of man, when the house of Israel 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 heathen, 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 heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These [are] the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land.

[17] Lv 15:19; 18:24; Nu 35:33; Ps 106:37; Is 24:5; 64:6; Jr 2:7; 3:1, 9; 16:18; Mi 2:10.
[18] 2Ch 34:21, 26; Is 42:25; Jr 7:20; 44:6; Lm 2:4; 4:11; Ezk 7:8; 14:19; 16:36; 21:31; 23:37; Na 1:6; Rv 14:10; 16:1.
[19] Lv 26:38; Dt 28:64; Ezk 5:12; 7:3, 8; 18:30; 22:15, 31; 39:24; Am 9:9; Ro 2:6; Rv 20:12.
[20] Ex 32:11; Nu 14:15; Jsh 7:9; 2K 18:30, 35; 19:10; Is 52:5; Jr 33:24; Dn 3:15; Ro 2:24.

and shall be restored without their desert.

21 ¶ But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. 22 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. 23 And I will sanctify 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 sanctified in you before their eyes. 24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

[21] Dt 32:26; Ps 74:18; Is 37:35; 48:9; Ezk 20:9, 14, 22.
[22] Dt 7:7; 9:5; Ps 106:8; 115:1; Ezk 36:32.
[23] Ex 15:4; Nu 20:12; Ps 46:10; 102:13; 126:1; Is 5:16; Ezk 20:41; 28:22; 38:22; 39:28; Dn 2:47; 3:28; 4:2, 34; 6:26; 1P 2:9; 3:15.
[24] Dt 30:3; Ps 107:2; Is 11:11; 27:12; 43:5; Jr 23:3; 30:3, 18; 31:8; 32:37; 50:17; Ezk 11:17; 34:13; 37:21, 25; 39:27; Ho 1:11; Am 9:14; Ro 11:25.

The blessings of Christ's Kingdom.

25 ¶ Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye 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 an heart of flesh. 27 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]. 28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. 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 ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen. 31 Then shall ye 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 the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel. 33 Thus saith the Lord GOD; 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 heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD build the ruined [places, and] plant that that was desolate: I the LORD have spoken [it], and I will do [it]. 37 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will yet [for] this be enquired of by the house of Israel, to do [it] for them; I will increase them with men like a flock. 38 As the holy flock, 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.

[25] Lv 14:5; Nu 8:7; 19:13; Ps 51:2, 7; Pv 30:12; Is 2:18; 4:4; 17:7; 52:15; Jr 3:22; 33:8; Ezk 36:17, 29; 37:23; Ho 14:3, 8; Zc 13:1, 2; Jn 3:5; Ac 22:16; 1Co 6:11; 2Co 7:1; Ep 5:26; Tit 2:14; 3:5; He 9:13, 19; 10:22; 1Jn 1:7; 5:6; Rv 1:5; 7:14.
[26] Dt 30:6; Ps 51:10; Jr 32:39; Ezk 11:19; Zc 7:12; Mt 13:5, 20; Mk 4:16; Jn 3:3; 2Co 3:3, 18; 5:17; Ga 6:15; Ep 2:10; Rv 21:5.
[27] Pv 1:23; Is 44:3; 59:21; Jr 31:33; Ezk 37:14, 24; 39:29; Jol 2:28; Zc 12:10; Lk 11:13; Ro 8:9, 14; 1Co 3:16; Ga 5:5, 16, 22; Ep 1:13; Php 2:12; Col 2:6; 2Th 2:13; Tit 2:11; 3:3; He 13:21; 1P 1:2, 22; 1Jn 1:6; 3:24; 2Jn 1:6.
[28] So 6:3; Jr 30:22; 31:33; 32:38; Ezk 11:20; 28:25; 36:10; 37:23, 25, 27; 39:28; Ho 1:10; Zc 13:9; Mt 22:32; 2Co 6:16; 7:1; He 8:10; 11:16; Rv 21:3, 7.
[29] Ps 105:6; Jr 33:8; Ezk 34:27; 36:8, 25; Ho 2:21; 14:2, 4, 8; Jol 3:21; Mi 7:19; Zc 13:1; Mt 1:21; 6:33; Jn 1:7; Ro 6:14; 11:26; Tit 2:14.
[30] Dt 29:23; Jol 2:17, 26.
[31] Lv 26:39; Ezr 9:6; Ne 9:26; Jb 42:6; Is 6:5; 64:6; Jr 31:18; Ezk 6:9; 16:61; 20:43; Dn 9:4; Zc 12:10; Lk 18:13; Ro 6:21; 2Co 7:10.
[32] Dt 9:5; Ezr 9:6; Ezk 16:63; 36:22; Dn 9:18; Ro 6:21; 2Ti 1:9; Tit 3:3; 1P 4:2.
[33] Is 58:12; Jr 32:43; 33:10; 50:19; Ezk 36:10; Am 9:14; Zc 8:7.
[34] Dt 29:23; 2Ch 36:21; Jr 25:9; Ezk 6:14.
[35] Gn 2:8; 13:10; Ps 58:11; 64:9; 126:2; Is 51:3; Jr 33:9; Ezk 37:13; Jol 2:3.
[36] Nu 23:19; Ezk 17:24; 22:14; 24:14; 34:30; 37:14, 28; 39:27; Ho 14:4; Mi 7:15; Mt 24:35.
[37] Ps 10:17; 102:17; Is 55:6; Jr 29:11; 50:4; Ezk 14:3; 20:3, 31; 36:10; Zc 10:6, 9; 13:9; Mt 7:7; Php 4:6; He 4:16; 10:21; Jm 4:2; 1Jn 5:14.
[38] Ex 23:17; 34:23; Dt 16:16; 2Ch 7:8; 30:21; 35:7; Jr 30:19; 31:27; Ezk 34:31; 36:33; Zc 8:19; Jn 10:16; Ac 2:5; Rv 7:4.


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