The land of Israel is comforted, both by destruction of the heathen, who spitefully used it,
Ezekiel 36:1 Thou sonne of man, prophecye vpon þe mountaynes of Israell, and speake: Heare þe worde of the Lorde, O ye mountaynes of Israel. Ezekiel 36:2 Thus sayeth þe Lord God. Because your enemye hath sayde vpon you: A, ha, the hye euerlastynge places are now become ours, Ezekiel 36:3 prophecy therfore, & speake: thus sayeth the Lord God. Seynge ye be wasted and trode downe on euery syde, and become a possession vnto the residue of þe Gentiles, which haue brought you into mens mouthes and vnto an euell name amonge the people. Ezekiel 36:4 Therfore, heare þe worde of the Lord God, O ye mountaynes of Israell. Thus sayeth the Lord God vnto the mountaynes and hilles, valleys and dales, to þe voyde wyldernesse and desolate cityes, which are spoyled, & had in derision on euery syde, amonge the residue of the Heathen. Ezekiel 36:5 Yee, euen thus sayeth the Lord God. In the fyre of my gelousy haue I taken a deuyce, agaynst þe residue of the Gentiles, & agaynst all Edom: which haue taken in my lande vnto them selues for a possession: which also reioysed from their whole hert with a despitefull stomacke, to waste it, and to spoyle it. Ezekiel 36:6 Prophecy therfore vpon the lande of Israell, speake vnto the mountaynes & hilles to valleys and dales, thus sayeth the Lord God. Behold, this haue I deuised in my gelousy & terrible wrath. For so moche as ye haue suffred reprofe of the Heathen, Ezekiel 36:7 therfore thus saieth the Lord God. I haue sworne, that the Gentiles which lye aboute you, shal beare their confusion 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 your braunches, and bringe forth your frute to my people of Israell, for it is hard by, that it will come. Ezekiel 36:9 Beholde, I come vnto you, and vnto you wyll I turne me, þt ye maye be tylled and sowne. Ezekiel 36:10 I wyll sende you moch people, which shalbe all of the house of Israell, the cityes shalbe inhabited, & the decayed places shalbe repaired agayne, Ezekiel 36:11 I wil prouide you with moch people and catell, which shal increase and bringe frute, I wyll restore you also to your olde estate & shewe you more kyndnes then euer ye had before: wherby ye shal knowe, that I am the Lord. Ezekiel 36:12 Yee, people wyll I send vnto you (O my folke of Israel) which shall haue the in possession, and thou shalt be their inheritaunce, so þt thou shalt nomore be without them. Ezekiel 36:13 Agayne, thus sayeth the Lorde God. For so moch as they saye vnto you, thou art an eater vp of men, and a waster of thy people: Ezekiel 36:14 therfore thou shalt eate no mo men, nether destroye thy people eny more, sayeth the Lord God. Ezekiel 36:15 And I will not suffre the, for to heare thine awne confusion amonge the Gentiles from hensforth. Thou shalt not beare þe reprofe of the nacions, ner cast out thyne awne people eny more, saieth the Lord God.
Israel was rejected for their sin,
Ezekiel 36:16 Moreouer, the worde of the Lorde came vnto me, saying. Ezekiel 36:17 O thou sonne of man, when the house of Israell dwelt vpon their awne grounde, they defiled them selues wt their awne wayes & ymaginacions: so þt in my sight their waye was lyke the vnclennesse of a menstruous woman. Ezekiel 36:18 Wherfore, I poured my wrothfull displeasure vpon them, because of the bloude þt they had shed in þe lande, & because of their Idols, wherwith they had defiled them selues. Ezekiel 36:19 I scatred them also amonge the Heathen, so þt they were strawed aboute in the landes. Accordinge to their wayes & after theyr awne inuencyons, so dyd I punishe them. Ezekiel 36:20 Now, when they were gone vnto the Heathen, & 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 awne land?
and shall be restored without their desert.
Ezekiel 36:21 Then spared I my holy name, which þe house of Israel had dishonoured amonge the Gentiles, to whom they came. Ezekiel 36:22 Therfore tell þe house of Israel: Thus sayeth þe Lord God: I do not this for your sakes (O house of Israell) but for my holy names sake, whych ye dishonoured amonge the Heathen, when ye came to them. Ezekiel 36:23 Therfore, I wyll halowe my greate name agayne, which amonge the Gentiles is euell spoken of: for ye your selues haue dishonoured it amonge them. And the Gentiles shal knowe that I am the Lord, whan I am honoured in you before their eyes, sayeth the Lorde God. Ezekiel 36:24 As for you, I will take you from amonge the Heathen, and gather you together out of all countres, and brynge you agayne into your awne lande.
The blessings of Christ's Kingdom.
Ezekiel 36:25 Then will I poure cleare water vpon you, and ye shalbe clene: yee, from all your vnclennesse and from all your Idols shall I clense you. Ezekiel 36:26 A new herte also will I geue you, and a new sprete will I put into you. As for that stony herte, I will take it out of youre body, & geue you a fleshly herte. Ezekiel 36:27 I will geue my sprete amonge you & cause you to walcke in my commaundementes to kepe my lawes, and to fulfill them. Ezekiel 36:28 And so ye shall dwell in the land, that I gaue to your forefathers, and ye shalbe my people, and I wilbe your God. Ezekiel 36:29 I will helpe you out of all your vnclennes. I will call for the corne, and will increase it, & let you haue no honger. Ezekiel 36:30 I will multiplie the frutes of the trees and the increase of þe felde for you, so þt ye shall beare no more reprofe of honger, amonge the Heathen. Ezekiel 36:31 Then shal ye remembre your awne wicked wayes, & your ymaginacions, which were not good: so that ye shal thinke þt ye were worthy to be destroyed: for your synnes and abhominacyons. Ezekiel 36:32 But I wyll not do thys for youre sakes (saieth the Lord God) be ye sure of it. Therfore, O ye house of Israell, be ashamed of your sinnes. Ezekiel 36:33 Moreouer, thus saieth þe Lord God: what tyme as I shall clense you from all youre offences, then will I make the cyties to be occupied agayne, and will repaire þe places that be decayed. Ezekiel 36:34 The desolate lande shal be builded agayne, which afore time laye waste in the sight of all them that wente by. Ezekiel 36:35 Then shal it be sayde: this waste lande is become lyke a garden of pleasure, and the voyde, desolate & broken downe cityes are now strong, & defensed agayne. Ezekiel 36:36 Then þe residue of þe Heathen that lye rounde about you, shal knowe that I am þe Lorde, which repaire that was broken downe, and plante agayne, þt was made waste. Euen I þe Lord haue spoken it, and will do it in dede. Ezekiel 36:37 Thus sayeth the Lorde God: I wyll yet once be founde agayne of þe house of Israel, and do this for them: I shal increase them as a flocke of men. Ezekiel 36:38 Lyke as the holy flocke & the flocke of Ierusalem are in þe hye solempne feastes: so shall also the wilde wasted cyties be filled with flockes of men: and they shall knowe that I am the Lorde.