|Ezekiel 47 |
1 Afterward he brought me again to the door of the temple, and behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the temple eastward, for the front of the temple faces toward the east; the waters came down from under the right side of the temple, at the south side of the altar.
2 Then he brought me out of the north gate and led me around outside to the outer gate that faces eastward, and behold, waters ran out on the right side.
3 And when the man went eastward with the measuring line in his hand, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters that came up to the ankles.
4 Again he measured a thousand cubits and brought me through the waters that came up to the knees. Again he measured a thousand and brought me through the waters that were up to the waist.
5 Afterward he measured a thousand and it was a river that I could not pass over, for now the waters had risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.
6 And he said to me, "Son of man, have you seen this?" Then he led me and caused me to return to the bank of the river.
7 Now when I had returned, behold, on the bank of the river were many trees each side.
8 Then he said to me, "These waters flow out toward the east country and go down into the Jordan Valley and into the Sea. When the waters come out into the sea, the salt water there becomes fresh.
9 And it shall come to pass that everything that lives and moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. And there will be a very great multitude of fish because these waters flows there and so the salt water becomes fresh; everything will live where the river comes.
10 And it shall come to pass, that the fishermen will stand on its banks; from Engedi to Eneglaim will be a place to spread nets; their fish will be of many kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea [Mediterranean].
11 But its swamps and its marshes will not be fresh; they will be given over to salt.
12 And on the banks of the river on either side, will grow all kinds of trees for food; their leaf will not fade nor will their fruit fail. They will bring forth new fruit each month, because their waters flows out of the sanctuary. And their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.
13 Thus says the Lord GOD: "These are the borders by which you shall divide the land according to the twelve tribes of Israel: Joseph shall have two portions.
14 You shall divide it equally. For I lifted up my hand [swore] to give it to your fathers, and this land shall fall to you for your inheritance.
15 And this shall be the border of the land toward the north side: from the Mediterranean Sea by the road to Hethlon, to Zedad,
16 Hamath, Berothah, Sibraim, which is between the border of Damascus and the border of Hamath, as far as Hazarhatticon which is by the coast of Hauran.
17 So the border shall be from the Sea to Hazarenan, along the northern border of Damascus, with the border of Hamath on the north. And this is the north side.
18 And you shall measure the east side from between Hauran and Damascus, and Gilead on one side, and the land of Israel along the Jordan on the other, along the eastern border of the sea. This is the east side.
19 And the south side southward shall be from Tamar to the waters of strife in Kadesh, along the river of Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea. And this is the south side.
20 The west side shall be the Mediterranean Sea, from the border until one comes opposite Hamath. This is the west side.
21 So you shall divide this land among you according to the tribes of Israel.
22 And it shall come to pass, that you will divide it by lot as an inheritance for yourselves and for the strangers who settle among you and who have children among you. And they shall be like those born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.
23 And it shall come to pass, that in whatever tribe the stranger settles, there you shall give him his inheritance," says the Lord GOD.
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