1You, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel, and say,
You mountains of Israel, hear the word of Yahweh.
2Thus says the
Lord Yahweh: Because the enemy has said against you, Aha! and, The ancient
high places are ours in possession;
3therefore prophesy, and say, Thus
says the Lord Yahweh: Because, even because they have made you desolate, and
swallowed you up on every side, that you might be a possession to the
residue of the nations, and you are taken up in the lips of talkers, and
the evil report of the people;
4therefore, you mountains of Israel,
hear the word of the Lord Yahweh: Thus says the Lord Yahweh to the mountains
and to the hills, to the watercourses and to the valleys, to the desolate
wastes and to the cities that are forsaken, which are become a prey and
derision to the residue of the nations that are round about;
thus says the Lord Yahweh: Surely in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken
against the residue of the nations, and against all Edom, that have appointed
my land to themselves for a possession with the joy of all their heart, with
despite of soul, to cast it out for a prey.
concerning the land of Israel, and tell the mountains and to the hills, to
the watercourses and to the valleys, Thus says the Lord Yahweh: Behold, I
have spoken in my jealousy and in my wrath, because you have borne the
shame of the nations:
7therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: I have sworn,
saying, Surely the nations that are round about you, they shall bear
8But you, mountains of Israel, you shall shoot
forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people Israel; for they are
at hand to come.
9For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn into you,
and you shall be tilled and sown;
10and I will multiply men on you,
all the house of Israel, even all of it; and the cities shall be inhabited,
and the waste places shall be built;
11and I will multiply on you man and
animal; and they shall increase and be fruitful; and I will cause you to be
inhabited after your former estate, and will do better to you than at
your beginnings: and you shall know that I am Yahweh.
12Yes, I will
cause men to walk on you, even my people Israel; and they shall possess you,
and you shall be their inheritance, and you shall no more henceforth bereave
them of children.
13Thus says the Lord Yahweh: Because they say to you,
You land are a devourer of men, and have been a bereaver of your
14therefore you shall devour men no more, neither bereave your
nation any more, says the Lord Yahweh;
15neither will I let you hear any
more the shame of the nations, neither shall you bear the reproach of the
peoples any more, neither shall you cause your nation to stumble any more,
says the Lord Yahweh.
16Moreover the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
17Son of man, when the house of Israel lived in their own land, they
defiled it by their way and by their doings: their way before me was as the
uncleanness of a woman in her impurity.
18Therefore I poured out my wrath
on them for the blood which they had poured out on the land, and because they
had defiled it with their idols;
19and 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.
20When they came to the
nations, where they went, they profaned my holy name; in that men said of
them, These are the people of Yahweh, and are gone forth out of his land.
21But I had regard for my holy name, which the house of Israel had
profaned among the nations, where they went.
22Therefore tell the house
of Israel, Thus says the Lord Yahweh: I don’t do this for your sake,
house of Israel, but for my holy name, which you have profaned among the
nations, where you went.
23I will sanctify my great name, which has
been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in the midst of
them; and the nations shall know that I am Yahweh, says the Lord Yahweh, when
I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.
24For I will take you
from among the nations, and gather you out of all the countries, and will
bring you into your own land.
25I will sprinkle clean water on you, and
you shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols,
will I cleanse you.
26A 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.
27I will put my Spirit
within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you shall keep my
ordinances, and do them.
28You shall dwell in the land that I gave
to your fathers; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.
29I will save you from all your uncleanness: and I will call for the
grain, and will multiply it, and lay no famine on you.
30I will multiply
the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that you may
receive no more the reproach of famine among the nations.
you remember your evil ways, and your doings that were not good; and
you shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and
for your abominations.
32Nor for your sake do I this, says the
Lord Yahweh, be it known to you: be ashamed and confounded for your ways,
house of Israel.
33Thus says the Lord Yahweh: In the day that I cleanse
you from all your iniquities, I will cause the cities to be inhabited, and
the waste places shall be built.
34The land that was desolate shall be
tilled, whereas it was a desolation in the sight of all who passed by.
35They shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden
of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are fortified and
36Then the nations that are left round about you shall know
that I, Yahweh, have built the ruined places, and planted that which was
desolate: I, Yahweh, have spoken it, and I will do it.
37Thus says the
Lord Yahweh: For this, moreover, will I be inquired of by the house of
Israel, to do it for them: I will increase them with men like a flock.
38As the flock for sacrifice, as the flock of Jerusalem in her appointed
feasts, so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men; and they
shall know that I am Yahweh.