Hope for the Mountains of Israel
36:1 Also, thou son of man, prophesy unto the
mountains of Israel, and say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear
the word of the LORD:
36:2 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the enemy hath said
against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in
36:3 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:
36:4 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;
36:5 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.
36:6 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:
36:7 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I have lifted up
mine hand, Surely the heathen that are about you, they shall
bear their shame.
36:8 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.
36:9 For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you,
and ye shall be tilled and sown:
36:10 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:
36:11 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.
36:12 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.
36:13 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they say unto you,
Thou land devourest up men, and hast bereaved thy nations:
36:14 Therefore thou shalt devour men no more, neither
bereave thy nations any more, saith the Lord GOD.
36:15 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.
36:16 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
36:17 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
36:18 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:
36:19 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.
36:20 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
36:21 But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of
Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went.
36:22 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.
36:23 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
36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and
gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into
your own land.
36:25 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.
36:26 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.
36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to
walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do
36:28 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.
36:29 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.
36:30 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.
36:31 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
36:32 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.
36:33 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.
36:34 And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay
desolate in the sight of all that passed by.
36:35 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.
36:36 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
36:37 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.
36:38 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.