Compare Translations for Ezekiel 36:3

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (ASV) therefore prophesy, and say, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Because, even because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the nations, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and the evil report of the people;

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (BBE) For this cause be a prophet, and say, This is what the Lord has said: Because, even because they have been glad over you and put you to shame on every side, because you have become a heritage for the rest of the nations, and you are taken up on the lips of talkers and in the evil talk of the people:

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (CEB) Therefore, prophesy and say, The LORD God proclaims: When the surviving nations pressed in and ravaged you from all around to lay claim to you, you became an object of the people's slander and derision.

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (CEBA) Therefore, prophesy and say, The LORD God proclaims: When the surviving nations pressed in and ravaged you from all around to lay claim to you, you became an object of the people's slander and derision.

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (CJB) Therefore prophesy, and say that Adonai ELOHIM says, 'Because they desolated you and swallowed you up from every side, so that the other nations could take possession of you; and now people are gossiping about you and slandering you;

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (CSB) therefore, prophesy and say: This is what the Lord God says: Because they have made you desolate and have trampled you from every side, so that you became a possession for the rest of the nations and an object of people's gossip and slander,

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (DBY) therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Because, yea, because they have made [you] desolate, and have swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the remnant of the nations, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and in the defaming of the people:

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (ESV) therefore prophesy, and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Precisely because they made you desolate and crushed you from all sides, so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations, and you became the talk and evil gossip of the people,

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (GNT) "Prophesy, then, and announce what I, the Sovereign Lord, am saying. When the neighboring nations captured and plundered the mountains of Israel, everyone made fun of Israel.

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (GNTA) "Prophesy, then, and announce what I, the Sovereign Lord, am saying. When the neighboring nations captured and plundered the mountains of Israel, everyone made fun of Israel.

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (GW) "So prophesy. Say, 'This is what the Almighty LORD says: Your enemies turned you into ruins and crushed you from every side. You became the possession of the rest of the nations, and people began to talk and gossip about you.

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (HNV) therefore prophesy, and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Because, even because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that you might be a possession to the residue of the nations, and you are taken up in the lips of talkers, and the evil report of the people;

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (JUB) therefore prophesy and say, Thus hath the Lord GOD said: Because they have made <em>you</em> desolate and swallowed you up on every side that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the Gentiles, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers and <em>are</em> an infamy of the people;

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (KJV) Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people:

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (KJVA) Therefore prophesy and say , Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they have made you desolate , and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people:

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (LEB) Therefore prophesy, and you must say, 'Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "{Because indeed} {when you were desolate}, then they crushed you from all around, so that you became a possession to the remainder of the nations, and you became {a byword and object of slander for the people}."

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (MSG) now here is a prophecy in the name of God, the Master: Because nations came at you from all sides, ripping and plundering, hauling pieces of you off every which way, and you've become the butt of cheap gossip and jokes,

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (NAS) therefore prophesy and say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "For good reason they have made you desolate and crushed you from every side, that you would become a possession of the rest of the nations and you have been taken up in the talk and the whispering of the people.""'

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (NCV) So prophesy and say: 'This is what the Lord God says: They have made you an empty ruin and have crushed you from all around. So you became a possession of the other nations. People have talked and whispered against you.

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (NIRV) "Ezekiel, prophesy. Say, 'The LORD and King says, "Your enemies destroyed you. They hunted you down from every side. So the rest of the nations took over your land. People talked about you. They told lies about you." ' "

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (NIV) Therefore prophesy and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because they ravaged and crushed you from every side so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations and the object of people’s malicious talk and slander,

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (NKJV) therefore prophesy, and say, 'Thus says the Lord God: "Because they made you desolate and swallowed you up on every side, so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations, and you are taken up by the lips of talkers and slandered by the people"--

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (NLT) Therefore, 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.

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (NRS) therefore prophesy, and say: Thus says the Lord God: Because they made you desolate indeed, and crushed you from all sides, so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations, and you became an object of gossip and slander among the people;

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (NRSA) therefore prophesy, and say: Thus says the Lord God: Because they made you desolate indeed, and crushed you from all sides, so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations, and you became an object of gossip and slander among the people;

  • Yechezkel 36:3 (OJB) Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith Adonoi Hashem: Because they have made you desolate, and crushed you on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the she’erit HaGoyim, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are slandered by the people:

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (RHE) Therefore prophesy, and say: Thus saith the Lord God: Because you have been desolate, and trodden under foot on every side, and made an inheritance to the rest of the nations, and are become the subject of the talk, and the reproach of the people:

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (RSV) therefore prophesy, and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Because, yea, because they made you desolate, and crushed you from all sides, so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations, and you became the talk and evil gossip of the people;

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (RSVA) therefore prophesy, and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Because, yea, because they made you desolate, and crushed you from all sides, so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations, and you became the talk and evil gossip of the people;

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (TMB) therefore prophesy and say, `Thus saith the Lord GOD: Because they have made you desolate and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up on the lips of talkers and are an infamy of the people,

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (TMBA) therefore prophesy and say, `Thus saith the Lord GOD: Because they have made you desolate and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up on the lips of talkers and are an infamy of the people,

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (WBT) Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they have made [you] desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession to the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and [are] an infamy of the people:

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (WEB) therefore prophesy, and say, Thus says the Lord Yahweh: Because, even because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that you might be a possession to the residue of the nations, and you are taken up in the lips of talkers, and the evil report of the people;

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (WYC) therefore prophesy thou, and say, The Lord God saith these things, For that that ye be made desolate, and defouled by compass, and be made into heritage to other folks, and ye ascended on the lip of tongue, and on the shame of people; (and so prophesy thou, and say, The Lord God saith these things, Because ye be made desolate, and defiled all around, and be made into an inheritance to other nations, and ye ascended on the lip of the tongue, and be made a shame to the people;)

  • Ezekiel 36:3 (YLT) therefore, prophesy, and thou hast said: Thus said the Lord Jehovah: Because, even because, of desolating, And of swallowing you up from round about, For your being a possession to the remnant of the nations, And ye are taken up on the tip of the tongue, And [are] an evil report of the people.

Commentaries For Ezekiel 36

  • Chapter 36

    The land shall be delivered from heathen oppressors. (1-15) The people are reminded of former sins, and promised deliverance. (16-24) Also holiness, and gospel blessings. (25-38)

    Verses 1-15 Those who put contempt and reproach on God's people, will have them turned on themselves. God promises favour to his Israel. We have no reason to complain, if the more unkind men are, the more kind God is. They shall come again to their own border. It was a type of the heavenly Canaan, of which all God's children are heirs, and into which they all shall be brought together. And when God returns in mercy to a people who return to him in duty, all their grievances will be set right. The full completion of this prophecy must be in some future event.

    Verses 16-24 The restoration of that people, being typical of our redemption by Christ, shows that the end aimed at in our salvation is the glory of God. The sin of a people defiles their land; renders it abominable to God, and uncomfortable to themselves. God's holy name is his great name; his holiness is his greatness, nor does any thing else make a man truly great.

    Verses 25-38 Water is an emblem of the cleansing our polluted souls from sin. But no water can do more than take away the filth of the flesh. Water seems in general the sacramental sign of the sanctifying influences of the Holy Ghost; yet this is always connected with the atoning blood of Christ. When the latter is applied by faith to the conscience, to cleanse it from evil works, the former is always applied to the powers of the soul, to purify it from the pollution of sin. All that have an interest in the new covenant, have a new heart and a new spirit, in order to their walking in newness of life. God would give a heart of flesh, a soft and tender heart, complying with his holy will. Renewing grace works as great a change in the soul, as the turning a dead stone into living flesh. God will put his Spirit within, as a Teacher, Guide, and Sanctifier. The promise of God's grace to fit us for our duty, should quicken our constant care and endeavour to do our duty. These are promises to be pleaded by, and will be fulfilled to, all true believers in every age.

  • CHAPTER 36

    Ezekiel 36:1-38 . ISRAEL AVENGED OF HER FOES, AND RESTORED, FIRST TO INWARD HOLINESS, THEN TO OUTWARD PROSPERITY.

    The distinction between Israel and the heathen (as Edom) is: Israel has a covenant relation to God ensuring restoration after chastisement, so that the heathen's hope of getting possession of the elect people's inheritance must fail, and they themselves be made desolate ( Ezekiel 36:1-15 ). The reason for the chastisement of Israel was Israel's sin and profanation of God's name ( Ezekiel 36:16-21 ). God has good in store for Israel, for His own name's sake, to revive His people; first, by a spiritual renewal of their hearts, and, next, by an external restoration to prosperity ( Ezekiel 36:22-33 ). The result is that the heathen shall be impressed with the power and goodness of God manifested so palpably towards the restored people ( Ezekiel 36:34-38 ).

    1, 2. mountains of Israel--in contrast to "Mount Seir" of the previous prophecy. They are here personified; Israel's elevation is moral, not merely physical, as Edom's. Her hills are "the everlasting hills" of Jacob's prophecy ( Genesis 49:26 ). "The enemy" (Edom, the singled-out representative of all God's foes), with a shout of exultation, "Aha!" had claimed, as the nearest kinsman of Israel (the brother of their father Esau), his vacated inheritance; as much as to say, the so-called "everlasting" inheritance of Israel and of the "hills," which typified the unmoved perpetuity of it ( Psalms 125:1 Psalms 125:2 ), has come to an end, in spite of the promise of God, and has become "ours" (compare Deuteronomy 32:13 , 33:15 ).

    3. Literally, "Because, even because."
    swallowed you up--literally, "panted after" you, as a beast after its prey; implying the greedy cupidity of Edom as to Israel's inheritance ( Psalms 56:1 Psalms 56:2 ).
    lips of talkers--literally, "lips of the tongue," that is, of the slanderer, the man of tongue. Edom slandered Israel because of the connection of the latter with Jehovah, as though He were unable to save them. Deuteronomy 28:37 , and Jeremiah 24:9 had foretold Israel's reproach among the heathen ( Daniel 9:16 ).

    4. Inanimate creatures are addressed, to imply that the creature also, as it were, groans for deliverance from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God ( Romans 8:19-21 ) [POLANUS]. The completeness of the renewed blessedness of all parts of the land is implied.
    derision--( Psalms 79:4 ).

    5. to cast it out for a prey--that is, to take the land for a prey, its inhabitants being cast out. Or the land is compared to a prey cast forth to wild beasts. FAIRBAIRN needlessly alters the Hebrew pointing and translates, "that they may plunder its pasturage."

    6. the shame of the heathen--namely, the shame with which the heathen cover you ( Psalms 123:3 Psalms 123:4 ).

    7. lifted . . . mine hand--in token of an oath ( Ezekiel 20:5 , Genesis 14:22 ).
    they shall bear their shame--a perpetual shame; whereas the "shame" which Israel bore from these heathen was only for a time.

    8. they are at hand to come--that is the Israelites are soon about to return to their land. This proves that the primary reference of the prophecy is to the return from Babylon, which was "at hand," or comparatively near. But this only in part fulfilled the prediction, the full and final blessing in future, and the restoration from Babylon was an earnest of it.

    10. wastes builded-- Isaiah 58:12 , 61:4 , Amos 9:11 Amos 9:12 Amos 9:14 , where, as here ( Ezekiel 34:23 Ezekiel 34:24 ), the names of David, Messiah's type, and Edom, Israel's foe, are introduced in connection with the coming restoration.

    11. do better . . . than at your beginnings--as in the case of Job ( Job 42:12 ). Whereas the heathen nations fall irrevocably, Israel shall be more than restored; its last estate shall exceed even its first.

    12. to walk upon you--O mountains of Israel ( Ezekiel 36:8 )!
    thee . . . thou--change from plural to singular: O hill of Zion, singled out from the other mountains of Israel ( Ezekiel 34:26 ); or land.
    thou shall no more . . . bereave them of men--Thou shalt no more provoke God to bereave them of children (so the ellipsis ought to be supplied, as Ezekiel probably alludes to Jeremiah 15:7 , "I will bereave them of children").

    13. Thou land devourest up men--alluding to the words of the spies ( Numbers 13:32 ). The land personified is represented as doing that which was done in it. Like an unnatural mother it devoured, that is, it was the grave of its people; of the Canaanites, its former possessors, through mutual wars, and finally by the sword of Israel; and now, of the Jews, through internal and external ills; for example, wars, famine (to which Ezekiel 36:30 , "reproach of famine among the heathen," implies the allusion here is).

    14. bereave--so the Keri, or Hebrew Margin reads, to correspond to "bereave" in Ezekiel 36:13 ; but "cause to fall" or "stumble," in the Hebrew text or Chetib, being the more difficult reading, is the one least likely to come from a corrector; also, it forms a good transition to the next subject, namely, the moral cause of the people's calamities, namely, their falls, or stumblings through sin. The latter ceasing, the former also cease. So the same expression follows in Ezekiel 36:15 , "Neither shalt thou cause thy nations to fall any more."

    17. removed woman--( Leviticus 15:19 , &c.).

    18, 19. The reason for their removal was their sin, which God's holiness could not let pass unpunished; just as a woman's legal uncleanness was the reason for her being separated from the congregation.

    20. profaned my holy name, when they--the heathen
    said to them--the Israelites.
    These, &c.--The Israelites gave a handle of reproach to the heathen against God, who would naturally say, These who take usury, oppress, commit adultery, &c., and who, in such an abject plight, are "gone forth" as exiles "out of His land," are specimens of what Jehovah can or will effect, for His people, and show what kind of a God this so-called holy, omnipotent, covenant-keeping God must be! ( Isaiah 52:5 , Romans 2:24 ).

    21. I had pity for mine holy name--that is, I felt pity for it; God's own name, so dishonored, was the primary object of His pitying concern; then His people, secondarily, through His concern for it [FAIRBAIRN].

    22. not . . . for your sakes--that is, not for any merit in you; for, on the contrary, on your part, there is everything to call down continued severity (compare Deuteronomy 9:5 Deuteronomy 9:6 ). The sole and sure ground of hope was God's regard to "His own name," as the God of covenant grace ( Psalms 106:45 ), which He must vindicate from the dishonor brought on it by the Jews, before the heathen.

    23. sanctify--vindicate and manifest as holy, in opposition to the heathen reproaches of it brought on by the Jews' sins and their
    sanctified in you--that is, in respect of you; I shall be regarded in their eyes as the Holy One, and righteous in My dealings towards you ( Ezekiel 20:41 , 28:22 ).

    24. Fulfilled primarily in the restoration from Babylon; ultimately to be so in the restoration "from all countries."

    25. The external restoration must be preceded by an internal one. The change in their condition must not be superficial, but must be based on a radical renewal of the heart. Then the heathen, understanding from the regenerated lives of God's people how holy God is, would perceive Israel's past troubles to have been only the necessary vindications of His righteousness. Thus God's name would be "sanctified" before the heathen, and God's people be prepared for outward blessings.
    sprinkle . . . water--phraseology taken from the law; namely, the water mixed with the ashes of a heifer sprinkled with a hyssop on the unclean ( Numbers 19:9-18 ); the thing signified being the cleansing blood of Christ sprinkled on the conscience and heart ( Hebrews 9:13 Hebrews 9:14 , 10:22 ; compare Jeremiah 33:8 , Ephesians 5:26 ).
    from all your idols--Literal idolatry has ceased among the Jews ever since the captivity; so far, the prophecy has been already fulfilled; but "cleansing from all their idols," for example, covetousness, prejudices against Jesus of Nazareth, is yet future.

    26. new heart--mind and will.
    spirit--motive and principle of action.
    stony heart--unimpressible in serious things; like the "stony ground" ( Matthew 13:5 Matthew 13:20 ), unfit for receiving the good seed so as to bring forth fruit.
    heart of flesh--not "carnal" in opposition to "spiritual"; but impressible and docile, fit for receiving the good seed. In Ezekiel 18:31 they are commanded, "Make you a new heart, and a new spirit." Here God says, "A new heart will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you." Thus the responsibility of man, and the sovereign grace of God, are shown to be coexistent. Man cannot make himself a new heart unless God gives it ( Philippians 2:12 Philippians 2:13 ).

    27. my spirit--( Ezekiel 11:19 , Jeremiah 32:39 ). The partial reformation at the return from Babylon ( Ezra 10:6 , &c. Nehemiah 8:1-9:38') was an earnest of the full renewal hereafter under Messiah.

    28. ye . . . my people, . . . I . . . your God--( Ezekiel 11:20 , Jeremiah 30:22 ).

    29. save . . . from all . . . uncleannesses--the province of Jesus, according to the signification of His name ( Matthew 1:21 ). To be specially exercised in behalf of the Jews in the latter days ( Romans 11:26 ).
    call for . . . corn--as a master "calls for" a servant; all the powers and productions of nature are the servants of Jehovah ( Psalms 105:16 , Matthew 8:8 Matthew 8:9 ). Compare as to the subordination of all the intermediate agents to the Great First Cause, who will give "corn" and all good things to His people, Hosea 2:21 Hosea 2:22 , Zechariah 8:12 .

    30. no more reproach of famine among the heathen--to which their taunt ( Ezekiel 36:13 ), "Thou land devourest up men," in part referred.

    31. remember your . . . evil ways--with shame and loathing. The unexpected grace and love of God, manifested in Christ to Israel, shall melt the people into true repentance, which mere legal fear could not ( Ezekiel 16:61 Ezekiel 16:63 , Psalms 130:4 , Zechariah 12:10 ; compare Jeremiah 33:8 Jeremiah 33:9 ).

    35. they shall say--The heathen, who once made Israel's desolation a ground of reproach against the name of Jehovah Himself ( Ezekiel 36:20 Ezekiel 36:21 ); but now He so vindicates its sanctity ( Ezekiel 36:22 Ezekiel 36:23 ) that these same heathen are constrained to acknowledge Israel's more than renewed blessedness to be God's own work, and a ground for glorifying His name ( Ezekiel 36:36 ).
    Eden--as Tyre (the type of the world powers in general: so Assyria, a cedar "in the garden of God, Eden," Ezekiel 31:8 Ezekiel 31:9 ), in original advantages, had been compared to "Eden, the garden of God" ( Ezekiel 28:13 ), from which she had fallen irrecoverably; so Israel, once desolate, is to be as "the garden of Eden" ( Isaiah 51:3 ), and is to be so unchangeably.

    36. Lord . . . spoken . . . do it--( Numbers 23:19 ).

    37. I will yet for this be inquired of--so as to grant it. On former occasions He had refused to be inquired of by Israel because the inquirers were not in a fit condition of mind to receive a blessing ( Ezekiel 14:3 , 20:3 ). But hereafter, as in the restoration from Babylon ( Ezekiel 36:26 ) to pray aright for the blessings which He is about to give ( Psalms 102:13-17 Psalms 102:20 , Zechariah 12:10-14 , 13:1 ).
    like a flock--resuming the image ( Ezekiel 34:23 Ezekiel 34:31 ).

    38. As the holy flock--the great flock of choice animals for sacrifice, brought up to Jerusalem at the three great yearly festivals, the passover, pentecost, and feast of the tabernacles.