Then he brought me back to 1the door of the temple, and behold, 2water was issuing from below 3the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of 4the altar.
Then he brought me out by way of 5the north gate and led me around on the outside to 6the outer gate that faces toward the east; and behold, the water was trickling out on the south side.
Going on eastward with a measuring line in his hand, 7the man measured a thousand cubits,a and then led me through the water, and it was ankle-deep.
Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was waist-deep.
Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen. It was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through.
And he said to me, 8"Son of man, 9have you seen this?"Then he led me back to the bank of the river.
As I went back, I saw on the bank of the river 10very many trees on the one side and on the other.
And he said to me, "This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into 11the Arabah, and enters the sea;b when the water flows into 12the sea, the water will become fresh.c9
And wherever the river goes,d every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish. For this water goes there, that the waters of the seae may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes.
Fishermen will stand beside the sea. From 13Engedi to 14Eneglaim it will be a place for the spreading of nets. Its fish will be of very many kinds, like the fish of 15the Great Sea.f11
But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt.
And on the banks, 16on both sides of the river, there will grow 17all kinds of trees for food. 18Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, 19but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and 20their leaves for healing."