36:2 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the a enemy had said
against you, Aha, even the ancient b high places are ours
(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
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 them.
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 their shame.
(f) By making a solemn oath. )See Geneva "Eze 20:5")
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
36:11 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
(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 judgments.
36:21 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
36:25 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 Geneva "Isa 44:3")
36:29 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.
36:36 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.