36:2 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the a enemy had said against you, Aha, even the ancient b high places are ours in possession:
(a) That is, the Idumean.
(b) That is Jerusalem, which for God's promises
was the chief of all the world.
36:3 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 rest of the nations, and ye are taken
up in the lips of c talkers, and [are]
an infamy of the people:
(c) You are made a matter of talk and derision to
all the world.
36:5 Therefore thus saith the
Lord GOD; Surely in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken against the rest of
the nations, and against all Edom, who have d
appointed my land into their possession with the joy of all [their] heart, with
despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey.
(d) They appointed with themselves to have it,
and therefore came with Nebuchadnezzar against Jerusalem for this purpose.
36:6 Prophesy therefore concerning the land of
Israel, and say to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the
valleys, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I have spoken in my jealousy and in my
fury, because ye have borne the e shame
of the nations:
(e) Because you have been a laughing stock to
36:7 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I have f
lifted up my hand, Surely the nations that [are] about you, they shall bear
(f) By making a solemn oath. See Ezekiel
36:8 But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall g
shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they
are soon to come.
(g) God declares his mercies and goodness toward
his Church, who still preserves his, even when he destroys his enemies.
And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring
fruit: and I will settle you according to your old estates, and will do better
[to you] than h at your beginnings: and
ye shall know that I [am] the LORD.
(h) Which was accomplished under Christ, to whom
all these temporal deliverances directed them.
36:12 Yea, I will cause men to walk i
upon you, [even] my people Israel; and they shall possess thee, and thou shalt
be their inheritance, and thou shalt no more henceforth bereave them [of men].
(i) That is, on the mountains of Jerusalem.
36:13 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they say to
you, Thou k [land] devourest men, and
hast bereaved thy nations;
(k) This the enemies imputed as the reproach of
the land, which God did for the sins of the people according to his just
But I had pity for my holy l name, which
the house of Israel had profaned among the nations, to which they went.
(l) And therefore would not permit my Name to be
had in contempt, as the heathen would have reproached me, if I had allowed my
Church to perish.
36:22 Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus
saith the Lord GOD; I do not [this] for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for
my m holy name's sake, which ye have
profaned among the nations, to which ye went.
(m) This excludes from man all dignity and means
to deserve anything by, seeing that God refers the whole to himself and that
only for the glory of his holy Name.
Then will I sprinkle clean n water upon
you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols,
will I cleanse you.
(n) That is, his spirit by which he reforms the
heart and regenerates his. See Isaiah
I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the o
grain, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.
(o) Under the abundance of temporal benefits he
concludes the spiritual graces.
36:31 Then shall ye
remember your own evil ways, and your doings that [were] not good, and shall p
lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your
(p) You will come to true repentance and think
yourselves unworthy to be of the number of God's creatures, for your
ingratitude against him.
Then the nations that are left around you shall q
know that I the LORD build the ruined [places, and] plant that which was
desolate: I the LORD have spoken [it], and I will do [it].
(q) He declares that it ought not to be referred
to the soil or plentifulness of the earth that any country is rich and
abundant, but only to God's mercies, as his plagues and curses declare, when
he makes it barren.