Prophecy to the Mountains of Israel

Ezekiel 36

1 "And you, son of man, prophesy to the a mountains of Israel, and say, 'O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD! 2 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Because b the enemy has said of you, 'Aha! c The 1 ancient heights d have become our possession,' " ' 3 "therefore prophesy, and say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Because they made you desolate and swallowed you up on every side, so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations, e and you are taken up by the lips of f talkers and slandered by the people" - 4 'therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD! Thus says the Lord GOD to the mountains, the hills, the 2 rivers, the valleys, the desolate wastes, and the cities that have been forsaken, which g became plunder and h mockery to the rest of the nations all around - 5 'therefore thus says the Lord GOD: i "Surely I have spoken in My burning jealousy against the rest of the nations and against all Edom, j who gave My land to themselves as a possession, with wholehearted joy and 3 spiteful minds, in order to plunder its open country." ' 6 "Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel, and say to the mountains, the hills, the rivers, and the valleys, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and My fury, because you have k borne the shame of the nations." 7 'Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "I have l raised My hand in an oath that surely the nations that are around you shall m bear their own shame.

8 "But you, O mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people Israel, for they are about to come. 9 "For indeed I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown. 10 "I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities shall be inhabited and n the ruins rebuilt. 11 o "I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and 4 bear young; I will make you inhabited as in former times, and do p better for you than at your beginnings. q Then you shall know that I am the LORD. 12 "Yes, I will cause men to walk on you, My people Israel; s bereave them of children." 13 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Because they say to you, t 'You devour men and bereave your nation of children,' 14 "therefore you shall devour men no more, nor bereave your nation anymore," says the Lord GOD. 15 u "Nor will I let you hear the taunts of the nations anymore, nor bear the reproach of the peoples anymore, nor shall you cause your nation to stumble anymore," says the Lord GOD.' "

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