Israel shall be gathered together
1 “Son of man, prophesy regarding the mountains of Israel; say to them: Mountains of Israel, hear the word of Yahweh: 2 Your enemies have said: ‘Aha! these eternal heights have become our pos session.’ 3 People have envied you and ravaged you on all sides; other nations have taken possession of you, so that you became the subject of talk and gossip. Because of that, 4 mountains of Israel, hear this word of Yahweh. Yahweh says to the mountains, the hills, the ravines and the valleys, to the deserted ruins and the empty towns which have become the plunder and target of mockery for other nations around: 5 Truly in the fire of my jealousy I will speak against the other nations, namely all of Edom, who with glee and malice in their hearts, have taken possession of my land and plundered its pastures.
6 Now you shall prophesy concerning Israel. You shall say to the mountains, the hills, the ravines and the valleys: This is the word of Yahweh who speaks in the fury of his jealousy! Because you have suf fered the scorn of the nations, 7 Yah weh says: I swear with uplifted hand, the nations surrounding you will suffer scorn. 8 But you, mountains of Israel, you shall bring forth branches and produce fruit for my people Israel, for soon they will return.
9 Indeed, I have turned in your direction and I have bent towards you; you will be cultivated and sown with seed. 10 I will in crease your population in all Israel; the towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. 11 Both people and animals will increase; they will be fruitful and mul tiply. I will build up their numbers as in the past and they will know that I am Yahweh. 12 Men and women of Israel will walk on you again. They will take possession of you; you will be their heritage again, and never again will you let their children perish.”
13 Yahweh speaks, “People say that you devour men and that you rob your people of children. 14 But never again shall you devour men or rob your people of children – word of Yahweh. 15 You shall no longer hear the mockery of the nations or suffer the insults of other lands – word of Yahweh.”
16 The word of Yahweh came to me in these terms, 17 “Son of man, when Israel occupied her own land she defiled it by her way of life and her actions. To me her conduct was like the uncleanness of a woman in her period.
18 I poured out my fury on them because of the blood they shed in the land and because they defiled it with their filthy idols. 19 Then I scattered them among the nations and dispersed them in other lands. I judged them ac cording to their conduct and their actions.
20 But when they were brought to other nations, my holy Name was profaned because others said of them: ‘The people of Yahweh had to be exiled from his land!’ 21 Then I was concerned for my holy Name, profaned by Israel among the nations where she had been dispersed. Now you shall say to the people of Israel:
A new heart
22 It is not for your sake that I am about to act, but because of my holy Name that you have profaned in the places where you have gone. 23 I will make known the holiness of my great Name, profaned among the nations because of you, and they will know that I am Yahweh when I show them my holiness among you.
24 For I will gather you from all the nations and bring you back to your own land. 25 Then I shall pour pure water over you and you shall be made clean – cleansed from the defilement of all your idols. 26 I shall give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. I shall remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I shall put my spirit within you and move you to follow my decrees and keep my laws. 28 You will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you shall be my people and I will be your God.
29 I will free you from all your uncleanness. I shall summon the wheat and make it plentiful and so keep famine away from you. 30 I shall see that the fruits of the earth and the produce of the fields are plentiful and that you no longer suffer the disgrace of famine among the nations.
31 Then you will remember your evil ways and wicked actions and loathe yourselves for the sins you committed and for your detestable practices. 32 I want you to know that it is not for your sake I am doing this, word of Yahweh. Be ashamed and hum bled because of your conduct, Israel! 33 This is what Yahweh says: The day I cleanse you from all your sins, I shall repopulate the cities and the ruins will be rebuilt. 34 The devastated land will be cul ti vated wherever passersby saw it desolate. 35 Everyone will say, ‘This devastated land is now a garden of Eden and its cities once in ruins and leveled to the ground have been rebuilt and populated.’ 36 And the nations that re main around you will know that I, Yah weh, have re built the ruined city and replanted what was desolate. I, Yahweh, have spoken and I will do it.
37 Thus says Yahweh: Once again I shall listen to the plea of Israel and favor them. I shall make their people as numerous as sheep, 38 as numerous as the flock they bring to Jeru salem’s Tem ple at the time of her holy days. In the same way the ruined cities will be filled with flocks of people and they will know that I am Yahweh.”