The land of Israel is comforted, both by destruction of the heathen, who spitefully used it,
Ezekiel 36:1 Thou sonne of man, prophecie vpon the mountaynes of Israel, & speake: Heare the worde of the LORDE, o ye mountaynes of Israel: Ezekiel 36:2 Thus saieth the LORDE God: Because yor enemie hath sayde vpon you: A ha, ye hie euerlastynge places are now become ours: Ezekiel 36:3 prophecy therfore, & speake: thus saieth ye LORDE God: Seinge ye be waisted & trode downe on euery syde, & become a possession vnto ye resydue of ye Getiles, which haue brought you in to mes mouthes & vnto an euel name amonge ye people: Ezekiel 36:4 Therfore, heare the worde of the LORDE God, o ye mountaynes of Israel: Thus saieth the LORDE God vnto the mountaynes and hilles, valleys & dales, to the voyde wildernesses & desolate cities, which are spoyled, and had in derision on euery syde, amonge the resydue of the Heithe: Ezekiel 36:5 Yee eue thus saieth the LORDE God: In the fyre of my gelousy haue I taken a deuyce, agaynst the resydue of the Getiles, and agaynst all Edom: which haue take in my lode vnto theselues for a possession: which also reioysed fro their whole herte wt a despiteful stomacke, to waist it, and to spoyle it. Ezekiel 36:6 Prophecy therfore vpon the londe of Israel, speake vnto ye mountaynes and hilles, to valleys and dales, thus saieth the LORDE God: Beholde, this haue I deuysed in my gelousy and terrible wrath: For so moch as ye haue suffred reprofe of the Heithen, Ezekiel 36:7 therfore thus saieth the LORDE God: I haue sworne, that the Gentiles which lye aboute you, shal beare youre confucion them selues.
and by the blessings of God promised unto it.
Ezekiel 36:8 And as for you (o mountaynes of Israel) ye shall shute out youre braunches, and bringe forth youre frute to my people of Israel, for it is harde by, that it wil come. Ezekiel 36:9 Beholde, I come vnto you, and vnto you will I turne me, that ye maye be tylled and sowen. Ezekiel 36:10 I wil sende you moch people, which shalbe all of the house of Israel: the cities shalbe inhabited, and ye decayed places shalbe repayred againe. Ezekiel 36:11 I wil prouyde you with moch people and catell, which shal increase & bringe frute. I wil restore you also to youre olde estate, and shewe you more kindnes the euer ye had before: wherby ye shal knowe, yt I am the LORDE. Ezekiel 36:12 Yee people wil I sende vnto you (o my folke of Israel (which shal haue the in possession, and thou shalt be their inheritaunce, so that thou shalt nomore be without them. Ezekiel 36:13 Agayne, thus saieth the LORDE God: For so moch as they saye vnto you: thou art an eater vp of men, and a waister of thy people: Ezekiel 36:14 therfore thou shalt eate no mo men, nether destroye thy people eny more, saieth the LORDE God. Ezekiel 36:15 And I wil not suffre the, for to heare thine owne confucion amonge the Gentiles from hensforth. Thou shalt not beare the reprofe of the nacions, ner cast out thine owne people enymore, saieth the LORDE God.
Israel was rejected for their sin,
Ezekiel 36:16 Morouer, the worde of the LORDE came vnto me, sayenge: Ezekiel 36:17 O thou sonne of ma, when the house of Israel dwelt vpon their owne grounde, they defyled them selues with their owne wayes & ymaginacions: so that in my sight their waye was like the vnclennesse of a menstruous woman. Ezekiel 36:18 Wherfore I poured my wrothfull displeasure vpon them, because of the bloude that they had shed in the londe, & because of their Idols, wherwith they had defyled them selues. Ezekiel 36:19 I scatred them also amonge the Heithen, so that they were strowed aboute in the lodes. Acordinge to their wayes & after their owne inuencions, so dyd I punysh them. Ezekiel 36:20 Now when they were gone vnto the Heithen, and come in amonge them, they dishonoured my holy name: so that it was sayde of them: Are these the people of God, & must go out of their owne londe?
and shall be restored without their desert.
Ezekiel 36:21 Then spared I my holy name, which ye house of Israel had dishonoured amonge the Gentiles, to whom they came. Ezekiel 36:22 Therfore tell ye house of Israel: Thus saieth the LORDE God: I do not this for yor sakes (O house of Israel) but for my holy names sake, which ye dishonoured amoge the Heithen, when ye came to them. Ezekiel 36:23 Therfore, I wil halowe my greate name agayne, which amonge the Getiles is euel spoken of: for ye youre selues haue dishououred it amoge them. And the Gentiles shal knowe, that I am the LORDE, when I am honoured in you before their eyes, saieth ye LORDE God. Ezekiel 36:24 As for you, I wil take you from amonge the Heithen, and gather you together out of all countrees, and bringe you agayne in to youre owne londe.
The blessings of Christ's Kingdom.
Ezekiel 36:25 Then will I poure cleare water vpon you, & ye shalbe clene: Yee from all youre vnclennesse and from all yor Idols shal I clense you. Ezekiel 36:26 A new herte also wil I geue you, and a new sprete wil I put in to you: As for that stony hert, I will take it out of youre body, and geue you a flesshy herte. Ezekiel 36:27 I wil geue you my sprete amonge you, and cause you to walke in my commaundemetes, to kepe my lawes, and to fulfill them. Ezekiel 36:28 And so ye shall dwell in the londe, that I gaue to yor forefathers, & ye shal be my people, and I wil be youre God. Ezekiel 36:29 I wil helpe you out of all youre vnclenesse, I wil call for the corne, and wil increase it, and wil let you haue no honger. Ezekiel 36:30 I will multiplie the frutes of the trees and ye increase of the felde for you, so that ye shal beare no more reprofe of honger amoge the Heithe. Ezekiel 36:31 Then shal ye remebre yor owne wicked wayes, and youre ymaginacios, which were not good: so that ye shal take displeasure at youre owne selues, by reason of youre synnes and abhominacions. Ezekiel 36:32 But I wil not do this for youre sakes (saieth the LORDE God) be ye sure of it. Therfore (o ye house of Israel) be ashamed of youre synnes. Ezekiel 36:33 Morouer, thus saieth the LORDE God: what tyme as I shal clese you from all youre offences, then wil I make the cities to be occupied agayne, and wil repayre the places that be decayed. Ezekiel 36:34 The desolate londe shalbe buylded agayne, which afore tyme laye waist, in the sight of all them, that wete by. Ezekiel 36:35 Then shal it be sayde: This waist lode is become like a garden of pleasure, and the voyde, desolate and broke downe cities, are now stronge, and fensed agayne. Ezekiel 36:36 Then the residue of the Heithen that lye rounde aboute you, shal knowe, that I am the LORDE, which repayre that was broken downe, and plante agayne, that was made waist. Euen I the LORDE haue spoken it, & wil do it in dede. Ezekiel 36:37 Thus saieth the LORDE God: I wil yet once be founde agayne of ye house of Israel, & do this for them: I shal increase them as a flocke of men. Ezekiel 36:38 Like as the holy flocke and the flocke of Ierusalem are in the hie solempne feastes: so shal also the wilde waisted cities be fylled with flockes of men: and they shal knowe, that I am the LORDE.