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God's blessing on Israel.  Eze.36.1-15

1And do you, man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, Mountains of Israel, hear the words of the LORD. 2These are the words of the Lord GOD: The enemy has said, 'Aha! now the everlasting highlands are ours.' 3Therefore prophesy and say, These are the words of the Lord GOD: You mountains of Israel, all round you men gloated over you and trampled you down when you were seized and occupied by the rest of the nations; your name was bandied about in the common talk of men. 4Therefore, listen to the words of the Lord GOD when he speaks to the mountains and hills, to the streams and valleys, to the desolate palaces and deserted cities, all plundered and despised by the rest of the nations round you. 5These are the words of the Lord GOD: In the fire of my jealousy I have spoken plainly against the rest of the nations, and against Edom above all. For Edom, swollen with triumphant scorn, seized on my land to hold it up to public contempt. 6Therefore prophesy over the soil of Israel and say to the mountains and hills, the streams and valleys, These are the words of the Lord GOD: I have spoken my mind in jealousy and anger because you have had to endure the taunts of all nations. 7Therefore, says the Lord GOD, I have sworn with uplifted hand that the nations round about shall be punished for be punished for: or bear their taunts. 8But you, mountains of Israel, you shall put forth your branches and yield your fruit for my people Israel, for their home-coming is near. 9See now, I am for you, I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown. 10I will plant many men upon you—the whole house of Israel. The cities shall again be inhabited and the palaces rebuilt. 11I will plant many men and beasts upon you; they shall increase and be fruitful. I will make you populous as in days of old and more prosperous than you were at first. Thus you will know that I am the LORD. 12I will make men—my people Israel—tread your paths again. They shall settle in you, and you shall be their possession; but you shall never again rob them of their children.

13These are the words of the Lord GOD: People say that you are a land that devours men and robs your tribes of their children. 14But you shall never devour men any more nor rob your tribes of their children, says the Lord GOD. 15I will never let you hear the taunts of the nations again nor shall you have to endure the reproaches of the peoples. This is the very word of the Lord GOD.

Israel's new life.  Eze.36.16-38

16These were the words of the LORD to me: 17Man, when the Israelites lived on their own soil they defiled it with their ways and deeds; their ways were foul and disgusting in my sight. 18I poured out my fury upon them because of the blood they had poured out upon the land, and the idols with which they had defiled it. 19I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed among different countries; I passed on them the sentence which their ways and deeds deserved. 20When they came among those nations, they caused my holy name to be profaned wherever they came: men said of them, 'These are the people of the LORD, and it is from his land that they have come.' 21And I spared them for the sake of my holy name which the Israelites had profaned among the nations to whom they had gone.

22Therefore tell the Israelites that these are the words of the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, you Israelites, that I am acting, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the peoples where you have gone. 23I will hallow my great name, which has been profaned among those nations. When they see that I reveal my holiness through you, the nations will know that I am the LORD, says the Lord GOD. 24I will take you out of the nations and gather you from every land and bring you to your own soil. 25I will sprinkle clean water over you, and you shall be cleansed from all that defiles you; I will cleanse you from the taint of all your idols. 26I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone from your body and give you a heart of flesh. 27I will put my spirit into you and make you conform to my statutes, keep my laws and live by them. 28You shall live in the land which I gave to your ancestors; you shall become my people, and I will become your God. 29I will save you from all that defiles you; I will call to the corn and make it plentiful; I will bring no more famine upon you. 30I will make the trees bear abundant fruit and the ground yield heavy crops, so that you will never again have to bear the reproach of famine among the nations. 31You will recall your wicked ways and evil deeds, and you will loathe yourselves because of your wickedness and your abominations. 32It is not for your sake that I am acting; be sure of that, says the Lord GOD. Feel, then, the shame and disgrace of your ways, men of Israel.

33These are the words of the Lord GOD: When I cleanse you of all your wickedness, I will re-people the cities, and the palaces shall be rebuilt. 34The land now desolate shall be tilled, instead of lying waste for every passer-by to see. 35Men will say that this same land which was waste has become like a garden of Eden, and people will make their homes in the cities once ruined, wasted, and shattered, but now well fortified. 36The nations still left around you will know that it is I, the LORD, who have rebuilt the shattered cities and planted anew the waste land; I, the LORD, have spoken and will do it.

37These are the words of the Lord GOD: Yet again will I let the Israelites ask me to act in their behalf. I will make their men numerous as sheep, 38like the sheep offered as holy-gifts, like the sheep in Jerusalem at times of festival. So shall their ruined cities be filled with human flocks, and they shall know that I am the LORD.

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