The land of Israel is comforted, both by destruction of the heathen, who spitefully used it,
Ezekiel 36:1 Also thou sonne of man, prophecie vnto the mountaines of Israel, and say; Ye mountaines of Israel, Heare the word of the LORD. Ezekiel 36:2 Thus saith the Lord GOD, Because the enemy had said against you, Aha, euen the ancient high places are ours in possession: Ezekiel 36:3 Therfore prophecie and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD, Because they haue made you desolate, and swallowed you vp on euery side, that ye might be a possession vnto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken vp in the lips of talkers, and [are] an infamy of the people: Ezekiel 36:4 Therefore ye mountaines of Israel, heare the word of the Lord GOD, Thus saith the Lord GOD to the mountaines and to the hilles, to the riuers and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes, and to the cities that are forsaken, which became a pray and derision to the residue of the heathen that [are] round about: Ezekiel 36:5 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Surely in the fire of my ielousie haue I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and against al Idumea, which haue appointed my land into their possession, with the ioy of all [their] heart, with despitefull minds to cast it out for a praye. Ezekiel 36:6 Prophecie therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say vnto the mountaines and to the hilles, to the riuers and to the valleys, Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I haue spoken in my iealousie and in my furie, because ye haue borne the shame of the heathen, Ezekiel 36:7 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, I haue lifted vp mine hand, Surely the heathen that [are] about you, they shall beare their shame.
and by the blessings of God promised unto it.
Ezekiel 36:8 But ye, O mountaines of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yeeld your fruit to my people of Israel, for they are at hand to come. Ezekiel 36:9 For behold, I [am] for you, and I will turne vnto you, and ye shall be tilled and sowen. Ezekiel 36:10 And I will multiplie men vpon you, all the house of Israel, [euen] all of it, and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded. Ezekiel 36:11 And I will multiply vpon you man and beast, and they shall increase and bring fruite, and I will settle you after your olde estates: and will doe better vnto you, then at your beginnings, and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD. Ezekiel 36:12 Yea I will cause men to walke vpon you, [euen] my people Israel, and they shall possesse thee, and thou shalt be their inheritance, and thou shalt no more henceforth bereaue them [of men]. Ezekiel 36:13 Thus saith the Lord GOD, Because they say vnto you, Thou [land] deuourest vp men, and hast bereaued thy nations, Ezekiel 36:14 Therefore thou shalt deuoure men no more, neither bereaue thy nations any more, saith the Lord GOD. Ezekiel 36:15 Neither will I cause men to heare in thee the shame of the heathen any more, neither shalt thou beare the reproch of the people any more, neither shalt thou cause the nations to fall any more, saith the Lord GOD.
Israel was rejected for their sin,
Ezekiel 36:16 Moreouer the worde of the LORD came vnto me, saying, Ezekiel 36:17 Sonne of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their owne way, and by their doings: their way was before me as the vncleannesse of a remooued woman. Ezekiel 36:18 Wherefore I powred my furie vpon them for the blood that they had shed vpon the land, and for their idoles [wherewith] they had polluted it. Ezekiel 36:19 And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countreys: according to their way and according to their doings I iudged them. Ezekiel 36:20 And when they entred vnto the heathen whither they went, they prophaned my holy Name, when they said to them, These [are] the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land.
and shall be restored without their desert.
Ezekiel 36:21 But I had pitie for mine holy Name, which the house of Israel had prophaned among the heathen, whither they went. Ezekiel 36:22 Therefore say vnto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD, I doe not [this] for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy Names sake, which ye haue prophaned among the heathen, whither ye went. Ezekiel 36:23 And I will sanctifie my great Name which was prophaned among the heathen, which ye haue prophaned 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 eyes. Ezekiel 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countreys, and will bring you into your owne land.
The blessings of Christ's Kingdom.
Ezekiel 36:25 Then will I sprinckle cleane water vpon you, and ye shalbe cleane: from all your filthinesse, and from all your idoles wil I cleanse you. Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I giue you, and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the stonie heart out of your flesh, and I will giue you an heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:27 And I wil put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walke in my Statutes, and ye shall keepe my iudgements, and doe them. Ezekiel 36:28 And ye shall dwel in the land that I gaue to your fathers, and ye shall be my people, and I wil be your God. Ezekiel 36:29 I wil also saue you from all your vncleannesses, and I will call for the corne, and will increase it, and lay no famine vpon you. Ezekiel 36:30 And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that yee shall receiue no more reproch of famine among the heathen. Ezekiel 36:31 Then shall yee remember your owne euil waies, and your doings that [were] not good, and shall lothe your selues in your owne sight for your iniquities, and for your abominations. Ezekiel 36:32 Not for your sakes doe I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it knowen vnto you: be ashamed and confounded for your owne wayes, O house of Israel. Ezekiel 36:33 Thus saith the Lord GOD, In the day that I shall haue cleansed you from all your iniquities, I will also cause [you] to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shalbe builded. Ezekiel 36:34 And the desolate land shalbe tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by. Ezekiel 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. Ezekiel 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 haue spoken [it], and I wil doe [it]. Ezekiel 36:37 Thus saith the Lord GOD, I wil yet for this bee enquired of by the house of Israel, to doe [it] for them: I will increase them with men like a flocke. Ezekiel 36:38 As the holy flocke, as the flocke of Ierusalem in her solemne feastes, so shal the waste cities be filled with flocks of men, and they shall know that I [am] the LORD.