Eze 36:2
36:2 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the {a} enemy had said
     against you, Aha, even the ancient {b} high places are ours
     in possession:

     (a) That is, the Idumean.
     (b) That is Jerusalem, which for God's promises was the
         chief of all the world.

Eze 36:3
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 to the rest of
     the nations, and ye are taken up in the lips of {c}
     talkers, and [are] an infamy of the people:

     (c) You are made a matter of talk and derision to all the

Eze 36:5
36:5 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Surely in the fire of my
     jealousy have I spoken against the rest of the nations, and
     against all Edom, who have {d} appointed my land into their
     possession with the joy of all [their] heart, with
     despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey.

     (d) They appointed with themselves to have it, and
         therefore came with Nebuchadnezzar against Jerusalem
         for this purpose.

Eze 36:6
36:6 Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say
     to 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
     {e} shame of the nations:

     (e) Because you have been a laughing stock to them.

Eze 36:7
36:7 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I have {f} lifted up my
     hand, Surely the nations that [are] about you, they shall
     bear their shame.

     (f) By making a solemn oath. \\See Geneva "Eze 20:5"\\

Eze 36:8
36:8 But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall {g} shoot forth
     your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel;
     for they are soon to come.

     (g) God declares his mercies and goodness toward his
         Church, who still preserves his, even when he destroys
         his enemies.

Eze 36:11
36:11 And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall
      increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you according
      to your old estates, and will do better [to you] than {h}
      at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I [am] the

      (h) Which was accomplished under Christ, to whom all these
          temporal deliverances directed them.

Eze 36:12
36:12 Yea, I will cause men to walk {i} 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].

      (i) That is, on the mountains of Jerusalem.

Eze 36:13
36:13 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they say to you, Thou {k}
      [land] devourest men, and hast bereaved thy nations;

      (k) This the enemies imputed as the reproach of the land,
          which God did for the sins of the people according to
          his just judgments.

Eze 36:21
36:21 But I had pity for my holy {l} name, which the house of
      Israel had profaned among the nations, to which they went.

      (l) And therefore would not permit my Name to be had
          in contempt, as the heathen would have reproached me,
          if I had allowed my Church to perish.

Eze 36:22
36:22 Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord
      GOD; I do not [this] for your sakes, O house of Israel,
      but for my {m} holy name's sake, which ye have profaned
      among the nations, to which ye went.

      (m) This excludes from man all dignity and means to
          deserve anything by, seeing that God refers the whole
          to himself and that only for the glory of his holy

Eze 36:25
36:25 Then will I sprinkle clean {n} water upon you, and ye
      shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all
      your idols, will I cleanse you.

      (n) That is, his spirit by which he reforms the heart and
          regenerates his. \\See Geneva "Isa 44:3"\\

Eze 36:29
36:29 I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I
      will call for the {o} grain, and will increase it, and lay
      no famine upon you.

      (o) Under the abundance of temporal benefits he concludes
          the spiritual graces.

Eze 36:31
36:31 Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings
      that [were] not good, and shall {p} lothe yourselves in
      your own sight for your iniquities and for your

      (p) You will come to true repentance and think yourselves
          unworthy to be of the number of God's creatures, for
          your ingratitude against him.

Eze 36:36
36:36 Then the nations that are left around you shall {q} know
      that I the LORD build the ruined [places, and] plant that
      which was desolate: I the LORD have spoken [it], and I
      will do [it].

      (q) He declares that it ought not to be referred to the
          soil or plentifulness of the earth that any country is
          rich and abundant, but only to God's mercies, as his
          plagues and curses declare, when he makes it barren.