Then he brought me back to the door of the house ; and behold, water was flowing from under the threshold of the house toward the east, for the house faced east. And the water was flowing down from under, from the right side of the house, from south of the altar.
He brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around on the outside to the outer gate by way of the gate that faces east. And behold, water was trickling from the south side.
When the man went out toward the east with a line in his hand, he measured a thousand cubits, and he led me through the water, water reaching the ankles.
Again he measured a thousand and led me through the water, water reaching the knees. Again he measured a thousand and led me through the water, water reaching the loins.
Again he measured a thousand ; and it was a river that I could not ford, for the water had risen, enough water to swim in, a river that could not be forded.
He said to me, "Son of man, have you seen this?" Then he brought me back to the bank of the river.
Now when I had returned, behold, on the bank of the river there were very many trees on the one side and on the other.
Then he said to me, "These waters go out toward the eastern region and go down into the Arabah ; then they go toward the sea, being made to flow into the sea, and the waters of the sea become fresh.
"It will come about that every living creature which swarms in every place where the river goes, will live. And there will be very many fish, for these waters go there and the others become fresh ; so everything will live where the river goes.
"And it will come about that fishermen will stand beside it; from Engedi to Eneglaim there will be a place for the spreading of nets. Their fish will be according to their kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea, very many.
"But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh ; they will be left for salt.
"By the river on its bank, on one side and on the other, will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither and their fruit will not fail. They will bear every month because their water flows from the sanctuary, and their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing."
Thus says the Lord GOD, "This shall be the boundary by which you shall divide the land for an inheritance among the twelve tribes of Israel ; Joseph shall have two portions.
"You shall divide it for an inheritance, each one equally with the other ; for I swore to give it to your forefathers, and this land shall fall to you as an inheritance.
"This shall be the boundary of the land : on the north side, from the Great Sea by the way of Hethlon, to the entrance of Zedad ;
Hamath, Berothah, Sibraim, which is between the border of Damascus and the border of Hamath ; Hazer-hatticon, which is by the border of Hauran.
"The boundary shall extend from the sea to Hazar-enan at the border of Damascus, and on the north toward the north is the border of Hamath. This is the north side.
"The east side, from between Hauran, Damascus, Gilead and the land of Israel, shall be the Jordan ; from the north border to the eastern sea you shall measure. This is the east side.
"The south side toward the south shall extend from Tamar as far as the waters of Meribath-kadesh , to the brook of Egypt and to the Great Sea. This is the south side toward the south.
"The west side shall be the Great Sea, from the south border to a point opposite Lebo-hamath. This is the west side.
"So you shall divide this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel.
"You shall divide it by lot for an inheritance among yourselves and among the aliens who stay in your midst, who bring forth sons in your midst. And they shall be to you as the native-born among the sons of Israel ; they shall be allotted an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.
"And in the tribe with which the alien stays, there you shall give him his inheritance," declares the Lord GOD.
"Now these are the names of the tribes : from the northern extremity, beside the way of Hethlon to Lebo-hamath, as far as Hazar-enan at the border of Damascus, toward the north beside Hamath, running from east to west, Dan, one portion.
"Beside the border of Dan, from the east side to the west side, Asher, one portion.
"Beside the border of Asher, from the east side to the west side, Naphtali, one portion.
"Beside the border of Naphtali, from the east side to the west side, Manasseh, one portion.
"Beside the border of Manasseh, from the east side to the west side, Ephraim, one portion.
"Beside the border of Ephraim, from the east side to the west side, Reuben, one portion.
"Beside the border of Reuben, from the east side to the west side, Judah, one portion.
"And beside the border of Judah, from the east side to the west side, shall be the allotment which you shall set apart, 25,000 cubits in width, and in length like one of the portions, from the east side to the west side ; and the sanctuary shall be in the middle of it.
"The allotment that you shall set apart to the LORD shall be 25,000 cubits in length and 10,000 in width.
"The holy allotment shall be for these, namely for the priests, toward the north 25,000 cubits in length, toward the west 10,000 in width, toward the east 10,000 in width, and toward the south 25,000 in length ; and the sanctuary of the LORD shall be in its midst.
"It shall be for the priests who are sanctified of the sons of Zadok, who have kept My charge, who did not go astray when the sons of Israel went astray as the Levites went astray.
"It shall be an allotment to them from the allotment of the land, a most holy place, by the border of the Levites.
"Alongside the border of the priests the Levites shall have 25,000 cubits in length and 10,000 in width. The whole length shall be 25,000 cubits and the width 10,000 .
"Moreover, they shall not sell or exchange any of it, or alienate this choice portion of land ; for it is holy to the LORD.
"The remainder, 5,000 cubits in width and 25,000 in length , shall be for common use for the city, for dwellings and for open spaces ; and the city shall be in its midst.
"These shall be its measurements : the north side 4,500 cubits, the south side 4,500 cubits, the east side 4,500 cubits, and the west side 4,500 cubits.
"The city shall have open spaces : on the north 250 cubits, on the south 250 cubits, on the east 250 cubits, and on the west 250 cubits.
"The remainder of the length alongside the holy allotment shall be 10,000 cubits toward the east and 10,000 toward the west ; and it shall be alongside the holy allotment. And its produce shall be food for the workers of the city.
"The workers of the city, out of all the tribes of Israel, shall cultivate it.
"The whole allotment shall be 25,000 by 25,000 cubits; you shall set apart the holy allotment, a square, with the property of the city.
"The remainder shall be for the prince, on the one side and on the other of the holy allotment and of the property of the city ; in front of the 25,000 cubits of the allotment toward the east border and westward in front of the 25,000 toward the west border, alongside the portions, it shall be for the prince. And the holy allotment and the sanctuary of the house shall be in the middle of it.
"Exclusive of the property of the Levites and the property of the city, which are in the middle of that which belongs to the prince, everything between the border of Judah and the border of Benjamin shall be for the prince.
"As for the rest of the tribes : from the east side to the west side, Benjamin, one portion.
"Beside the border of Benjamin, from the east side to the west side, Simeon, one portion.
"Beside the border of Simeon, from the east side to the west side, Issachar, one portion.
"Beside the border of Issachar, from the east side to the west side, Zebulun, one portion.
"Beside the border of Zebulun, from the east side to the west side, Gad, one portion.
"And beside the border of Gad, at the south side toward the south, the border shall be from Tamar to the waters of Meribath-kadesh , to the brook of Egypt, to the Great Sea.
"This is the land which you shall divide by lot to the tribes of Israel for an inheritance, and these are their several portions," declares the Lord GOD.
"These are the exits of the city : on the north side, 4,500 cubits by measurement,
shall be the gates of the city, named for the tribes of Israel, three gates toward the north : the gate of Reuben, one ; the gate of Judah, one ; the gate of Levi, one.
"On the east side, 4,500 cubits, shall be three gates : the gate of Joseph, one ; the gate of Benjamin, one ; the gate of Dan, one.
"On the south side, 4,500 cubits by measurement, shall be three gates : the gate of Simeon, one ; the gate of Issachar, one ; the gate of Zebulun, one.
"On the west side, 4,500 cubits, shall be three gates : the gate of Gad, one ; the gate of Asher, one ; the gate of Naphtali, one.
"The city shall be 18,000 cubits round about ; and the name of the city from that day shall be, 'The LORD is there.' "
See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God ; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.
And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness ; and sin is lawlessness.
You know that He appeared in order to take away sins ; and in Him there is no sin.
No one who abides in Him sins ; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.
Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous ;
the one who practices sin is of the devil ; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious : anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.
For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another ;
not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother's were righteous.
Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you.
We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.
Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer ; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?
Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him
in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God ;
and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.
This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.
The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.