36“Son of man, prophesy to Israel’s mountains. Give them this message: O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord!H1121H120H5012H2022H3478H559H2022H3478H8085H1697H3068 2This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Your enemies have taunted you, saying, ‘Aha! Now the ancient heights belong to us!’H559H136H3069H341H559H1889H5769H1116H4181 3Therefore, son of man, give the mountains of Israel this message from the Sovereign Lord: Your enemies have attacked you from all directions, making you the property of many nations and the object of much mocking and slander.H5012H559H559H136H3069H8074H7602H5439H4181H7611H1471H5927H8193H3956H1681H5971 4Therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign Lord. He speaks to the hills and mountains, ravines and valleys, and to ruined wastes and long-deserted cities that have been destroyed and mocked by the surrounding nations.H2022H3478H8085H1697H136H3069H559H136H3069H2022H1389H650H1516H8074H2723H5892H5800H957H3933H7611H1471H5439 5This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My jealous anger burns against these nations, especially Edom, because they have shown utter contempt for me by gleefully taking my land for themselves as plunder.H559H136H3069H784H7068H1696H7611H1471H123H5414H776H4181H8057H3824H7589H5315H4054H957 6“Therefore, prophesy to the hills and mountains, the ravines and valleys of Israel. This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am furious that you have suffered shame before the surrounding nations.H5012H127H3478H559H2022H1389H650H1516H559H136H3069H1696H7068H2534H5375H3639H1471 7Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I have taken a solemn oath that those nations will soon have their own shame to endure.H559H136H3069H5375H3027H1471H5439H5375H3639 8“But the mountains of Israel will produce heavy crops of fruit for my people—for they will be coming home again soon!H2022H3478H5414H6057H5375H6529H5971H3478H7126H935 9See, I care about you, and I will pay attention to you. Your ground will be plowed and your crops planted.H6437H5647H2232 10I will greatly increase the population of Israel, and the ruined cities will be rebuilt and filled with people.H7235H120H1004H3478H5892H3427H2723H1129 11I will increase not only the people, but also your animals. O mountains of Israel, I will bring people to live on you once again. I will make you even more prosperous than you were before. Then you will know that I am the Lord.H7235H120H929H7235H6509H3427H6927H2895H7221H3045H3068 12I will cause my people to walk on you once again, and you will be their territory. You will never again rob them of their children.H120H3212H5971H3478H3423H5159H3254H7921 13“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The other nations taunt you, saying, ‘Israel is a land that devours its own people and robs them of their children!’H559H136H3069H559H398H120H7921H1471 14But you will never again devour your people or rob them of their children, says the Sovereign Lord.H398H120H7921H3782H1471H5002H136H3069 15I will not let you hear those other nations insult you, and you will no longer be mocked by them. You will not be a land that causes its nation to fall, says the Sovereign Lord.”H8085H3639H1471H5375H2781H5971H1471H3782H5002H136H3069 16Then this further message came to me from the Lord:H1697H3068H559 17“Son of man, when the people of Israel were living in their own land, they defiled it by the evil way they lived. To me their conduct was as unclean as a woman’s menstrual cloth.H1121H120H1004H3478H3427H127H2930H1870H5949H1870H6440H2932H5079 18They polluted the land with murder and the worship of idols, so I poured out my fury on them.H8210H2534H1818H8210H776H1544H2930 19I scattered them to many lands to punish them for the evil way they had lived.H6327H1471H2219H776H1870H5949H8199 20But when they were scattered among the nations, they brought shame on my holy name. For the nations said, ‘These are the people of the Lord, but he couldn’t keep them safe in his own land!’H935H1471H935H2490H6944H8034H559H5971H3068H3318H776 21Then I was concerned for my holy name, on which my people brought shame among the nations.H2550H6944H8034H1004H3478H2490H1471H935 22“Therefore, give the people of Israel this message from the Sovereign Lord: I am bringing you back, but not because you deserve it. I am doing it to protect my holy name, on which you brought shame while you were scattered among the nations.H559H1004H3478H559H136H3069H6213H1004H3478H6944H8034H2490H1471H935 23I will show how holy my great name is—the name on which you brought shame among the nations. And when I reveal my holiness through you before their very eyes, says the Sovereign Lord, then the nations will know that I am the Lord.H6942H1419H8034H2490H1471H2490H8432H1471H3045H3068H5002H136H3069H6942H5869 24For I will gather you up from all the nations and bring you home again to your land.H3947H4480H1471H6908H776H935H127 25“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols.H2236H2889H4325H2891H2932H1544H2891 26And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.H2319H3820H5414H2319H7307H5414H7130H5493H68H3820H1320H5414H3820H1320 27And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.H5414H7307H7130H6213H3212H2706H8104H4941H6213 28“And you will live in Israel, the land I gave your ancestors long ago. You will be my people, and I will be your God.H3427H776H5414H1H5971H430 29I will cleanse you of your filthy behavior. I will give you good crops of grain, and I will send no more famines on the land.H3467H2932H7121H1715H7235H5414H7458 30I will give you great harvests from your fruit trees and fields, and never again will the surrounding nations be able to scoff at your land for its famines.H7235H6529H6086H8570H7704H3947H2781H7458H1471 31Then you will remember your past sins and despise yourselves for all the detestable things you did.H2142H7451H1870H4611H2896H6962H6440H5771H8441 32But remember, says the Sovereign Lord, I am not doing this because you deserve it. O my people of Israel, you should be utterly ashamed of all you have done!H6213H5002H136H3069H3045H954H3637H1870H1004H3478 33“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When I cleanse you from your sins, I will repopulate your cities, and the ruins will be rebuilt.H559H136H3069H3117H2891H5771H3427H5892H2723H1129 34The fields that used to lie empty and desolate in plain view of everyone will again be farmed.H8074H776H5647H8077H5869H5674 35And when I bring you back, people will say, ‘This former wasteland is now like the Garden of Eden! The abandoned and ruined cities now have strong walls and are filled with people!’H559H1977H776H8074H1588H5731H2720H8074H2040H5892H1219H3427 36Then the surrounding nations that survive will know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruins and replanted the wasteland. For I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will do what I say.H1471H7604H5439H3045H3068H1129H2040H5193H8074H3068H1696H6213 37“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am ready to hear Israel’s prayers and to increase their numbers like a flock.H559H136H3069H1875H1004H3478H6213H7235H120H6629 38They will be as numerous as the sacred flocks that fill Jerusalem’s streets at the time of her festivals. The ruined cities will be crowded with people once more, and everyone will know that I am the Lord.”H6944H6629H6629H3389H4150H2720H5892H4392H6629H120H3045H3068
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