Ezekiel 34-36 Bible in Basic English

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The Prophecy against the Shepherds of Israel

34 1  And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2  Son of man, be a prophet against the keepers of the flock of Israel, and say to them, O keepers of the sheep! this is the word of the Lord: A curse is on the keepers of the flock of Israel who take the food for themselves! is it not right for the keepers to give the food to the sheep? 3  You take the milk and are clothed with the wool, you put the fat beasts to death, but you give the sheep no food. 4  You have not made the diseased ones strong or made well that which was ill; you have not put bands on the broken or got back that which had been sent away or made search for the wandering ones; and the strong you have been ruling cruelly. 5  And they were wandering in every direction because there was no keeper: and they became food for all the beasts of the field. 6  And my sheep went out of the way, wandering through all the mountains and on every high hill: my sheep went here and there over all the face of the earth; and no one was troubled about them or went in search of them.

7  For this cause, O keepers of the flock, give ear to the word of the Lord: 8  By my life, says the Lord, truly, because my sheep have been taken away, and my sheep became food for all the beasts of the field, because there was no keeper, and my keepers did not go in search of the sheep, but the keepers took food for themselves and gave my sheep no food; 9  For this reason, O you keepers of the flock, give ear to the word of the Lord; 10  This is what the Lord has said: See I am against the keepers of the flock, and I will make search and see what they have done with my sheep, and will let them be keepers of my sheep no longer; and the keepers will no longer get food for themselves; I will take my sheep out of their mouths so that they may not be food for them. 11  For this is what the Lord has said: Truly, I, even I, will go searching and looking for my sheep. 12  As the keeper goes looking for his flock when he is among his wandering sheep, so I will go looking for my sheep, and will get them safely out of all the places where they have been sent wandering in the day of clouds and black night. 13  And I will take them out from among the peoples, and get them together from the countries, and will take them into their land; and I will give them food on the mountains of Israel by the water-streams and wherever men are living in the country. 14  I will give them good grass-land for their food, and their safe place will be the mountains of the high place of Israel: there they will take their rest in a good place, and on fat grass-land they will take their food on the mountains of Israel. 15  I myself will give food to my flock, and I will give them rest, says the Lord. 16  I will go in search of that which had gone wandering from the way, and will get back that which had been sent in flight, and will put bands on that which was broken, and give strength to that which was ill: but the fat and the strong I will give up to destruction; I will give them for their food the punishment which is theirs by right.

17  And as for you, O my flock, says the Lord, truly, I will be judge between sheep and sheep, the he-sheep and the he-goats. 18  Does it seem a small thing to you to have taken your food on good grass-land while the rest of your grass-land is stamped down under your feet? and that after drinking from clear waters you make the rest of the waters dirty with your feet? 19  And as for my sheep, their food is the grass which has been stamped on by your feet, and their drink the water which has been made dirty by your feet. 20  For this reason the Lord has said to them, Truly, I, even I, will be judge between the fat sheep and the thin sheep. 21  Because you have been pushing with side and leg, pushing the diseased with your horns till they were sent away in every direction; 22  I will make my flock safe, and they will no longer be taken away, and I will be judge between sheep and sheep. 23  And I will put over them one keeper, and he will give them food, even my servant David; he will give them food and be their keeper. 24  And I the Lord will be their God and my servant David their ruler; I the Lord have said it. 25  And I will make with them an agreement of peace, and will put an end to evil beasts through all the land: and they will be living safely in the waste land, sleeping in the woods. 26  And I will give the rain at the right time, and I will make the shower come down at the right time; there will be showers of blessing. 27  And the tree of the field will give its fruit and the earth will give its increase, and they will be safe in their land; and they will be certain that I am the Lord, when I have had their yoke broken and have given them salvation from the hands of those who made them servants. 28  And their goods will no longer be taken by the nations, and they will not again be food for the beasts of the earth; but they will be living safely and no one will be a cause of fear to them. 29  And I will give them planting-places of peace, and they will no longer be wasted from need of food or put to shame by the nations. 30  And they will be certain that I the Lord their God am with them, and that they, the children of Israel, are my people, says the Lord. 31  And you are my sheep, the sheep of my grass-lands, and I am your God, says the Lord.

The Prophecy against Mount Seir

35 1  Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2  Son of man, let your face be turned to Mount Seir, and be a prophet against it, 3  And say to it, This is what the Lord has said: See, I am against you, O Mount Seir, and my hand will be stretched out against you, and I will make you a waste and a cause for wonder. 4  I will make your towns unpeopled and you will be a waste; and you will be certain that I am the Lord. 5  Because yours has been a hate without end, and you have given up the children of Israel to the power of the sword in the time of their trouble, in the time of the punishment of the end: 6  For this cause, by my life, says the Lord, because you have been sinning through blood, blood will come after you. 7  And I will make Mount Seir a cause for wonder and a waste, cutting off from it all comings and goings. 8  I will make his mountains full of those who have been put to death; in your valleys and in all your water-streams men will be falling by the sword. 9  I will make you waste for ever, and your towns will be unpeopled: and you will be certain that I am the Lord.

10  Because you have said, The two nations and the two countries are to be mine, and we will take them for our heritage; though the Lord was there: 11  For this cause, by my life, says the Lord, I will do to you as you have done in your wrath and in your envy, which you have made clear in your hate for them; and I will make clear to you who I am when you are judged by me. 12  And you will see that I the Lord have had knowledge of all the bitter things which you have said against the mountains of Israel, saying, They have been made waste, they are given to us to take for our heritage. 13  And you have made yourselves great against me with your mouths, increasing your words against me; and it has come to my ears. 14  This is what the Lord has said: Because you were glad over my land when it was a waste, so will I do to you: 15  You will become a waste, O Mount Seir, and all Edom, even all of it: and you will be certain that I am the Lord.

The Future Restoration of Israel

36 1  And you, son of man, be a prophet about the mountains of Israel, and say, You mountains of Israel, give ear to the word of the Lord: 2  This is what the Lord has said: Because your hater has said against you, Aha! and, The old waste places are our heritage, we have taken them: 3  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: 4  For this reason, you mountains of Israel, give ear to the word of the Lord; this is what the Lord has said to the mountains and to the hills, to the streams and to the valleys, to the unpeopled wastes and to the towns where no one is living, from which the goods have been taken and which have been put to shame by the rest of the nations who are round about: 5  For this cause the Lord has said: Truly, in the heat of my bitter feeling I have said things against the rest of the nations and against all Edom, who have taken my land as a heritage for themselves with the joy of all their heart, and with bitter envy of soul have made attacks on it: 6  For this cause be a prophet about the land of Israel, and say to the mountains and to the hills, to the streams and to the valleys, This is what the Lord has said: Truly, in my bitter feeling and in my wrath I have said these things, because you have undergone the shame of the nations: 7  For this cause the Lord has said, See, I have taken an oath that the nations which are round about you are themselves to undergo the shame which they have put on you. 8  But you, O mountains of Israel, will put out your branches and give your fruit to my people Israel; for they are ready to come. 9  For truly I am for you, and I will be turned to you, and you will be ploughed and planted: 10  And I will let your numbers be increased, all the children of Israel, even all of them: and the towns will be peopled and the waste places will have buildings; 11  Man and beast will be increased in you, and they will have offspring and be fertile: I will make you thickly peopled as you were before, and will do more for you than at the first: and you will be certain that I am the Lord. 12  Yes, I will have you walked on by the feet of men, even my people Israel; they will have you for a heritage and you will be theirs, and never again will you take their children from them. 13  This is what the Lord has said: Because they say to you, You, O land, are the destruction of men, causing loss of children to your nation; 14  For this reason you will no longer take the lives of men and will never again be the cause of loss of children to your nation, says the Lord. 15  And I will not let the shaming of the nations come to your ears, and no longer will you be looked down on by the peoples, says the Lord.

16  Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 17  Son of man, when the children of Israel were living in their land, they made it unclean by their way and their acts: their way before me was as when a woman is unclean at the time when she is kept separate. 18  So I let loose my wrath on them because of those whom they had violently put to death in the land, and because they had made it unclean with their images: 19  And I sent them in flight among the nations and wandering through the countries: I was their judge, rewarding them for their way and their acts. 20  And when they came among the nations, wherever they went, they made my holy name unclean, when it was said of them, These are the people of the Lord who have gone out from his land. 21  But I had pity for my holy name which the children of Israel had made unclean wherever they went. 22  For this cause say to the children of Israel, This is what the Lord has said: I am doing this, not because of you, O children of Israel, but because of my holy name, which you have made unclean among the nations wherever you went. 23  And I will make holy my great name which has been made unclean among the nations, which you have made unclean among them; and it will be clear to the nations that I am the Lord, says the Lord, when I make myself holy in you before their eyes. 24  For I will take you out from among the nations, and get you together from all the countries, and take you into your land.

25  And I will put clean water on you so that you may be clean: from all your unclean ways and from all your images I will make you clean. 26  And I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you: I will take away the heart of stone from your flesh, and give you a heart of flesh. 27  And I will put my spirit in you, causing you to be guided by my rules, and you will keep my orders and do them. 28  So that you may go on living in the land which I gave to your fathers; and you will be to me a people, and I will be to you a God. 29  And I will make you free from all your unclean ways: and at my voice the grain will come up and be increased, and I will not let you be short of food. 30  And I will make the tree give more fruit and the field fuller produce, and no longer will you be shamed among the nations for need of food. 31  And at the memory of your evil ways and your wrongdoings, you will have bitter hate for yourselves because of your evil-doings and your disgusting ways, O children of Israel. 32  Not because of you am I doing it, says the Lord; let it be clear to you, and be shamed and made low because of your ways, O children of Israel. 33  This is what the Lord has said: In the day when I make you clean from all your evil-doings I will let the towns be peopled and there will be building on the waste places. 34  And the land which was waste will be farmed, in place of being a waste in the eyes of everyone who went by. 35  And they will say, This land which was waste has become like the garden of Eden; and the towns which were unpeopled and wasted and pulled down are walled and peopled. 36  Then the rest of the nations round about you will be certain that I the Lord am the builder of the places which were pulled down and the planter of that which was waste: I the Lord have said it, and I will do it. 37  This is what the Lord has said: The children of Israel will again make prayer to me for this, that I may do it for them; I will make them increased with men like a flock. 38  Like sheep for the offerings, like the sheep of Jerusalem at her fixed feasts, so the unpeopled towns will be made full of men: and they will be certain that I am the Lord.

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