Ezekiel 47: God is very life-nurturing and cares deeply about foreigners

New International Version

The River From the Temple

47 The man brought me back to the entrance to the temple, and I saw water(A) coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar.(B) He then brought me out through the north gate(C) and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was trickling from the south side.

As the man went eastward with a measuring line(D) in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits[a] and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river(E) that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross.(F) He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?”

Then he led me back to the bank of the river. When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river.(G) He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah,[b](H) where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh.(I) Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live.(J) 10 Fishermen(K) will stand along the shore; from En Gedi(L) to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets.(M) The fish will be of many kinds(N)—like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea.(O) 11 But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt.(P) 12 Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river.(Q) Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit(R) fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary(S) flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.(T)

The Boundaries of the Land

13 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “These are the boundaries(U) of the land that you will divide among the twelve tribes of Israel as their inheritance, with two portions for Joseph.(V) 

[…]

21 “You are to distribute this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. 22 You are to allot it as an inheritance(AJ) for yourselves and for the foreigners(AK) residing among you and who have children. You are to consider them as native-born Israelites; along with you they are to be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel.(AL) 23 In whatever tribe a foreigner resides, there you are to give them their inheritance,” declares the Sovereign Lord.(AM)

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 47:3 That is, about 1,700 feet or about 530 meters
  2. Ezekiel 47:8 Or the Jordan Valley
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Cross references

  1. Ezekiel 47:1 : S Isa 55:1
  2. Ezekiel 47:1 : Ps 46:4; Joel 3:18; Rev 22:1
  3. Ezekiel 47:2 : S Eze 40:35
  4. Ezekiel 47:3 : S Eze 40:3
  5. Ezekiel 47:5 : S Ge 2:10
  6. Ezekiel 47:5 : Isa 11:9; Hab 2:14
  7. Ezekiel 47:7 : ver 12; Rev 22:2
  8. Ezekiel 47:8 : S Dt 1:1; S 3:17
  9. Ezekiel 47:8 : Isa 41:18
  10. Ezekiel 47:9 : Isa 12:3; 55:1; Jn 4:14; 7:37-38
  11. Ezekiel 47:10 : S Isa 19:8; Mt 4:19
  12. Ezekiel 47:10 : S Jos 15:62
  13. Ezekiel 47:10 : Eze 26:5
  14. Ezekiel 47:10 : S Ps 104:25; Mt 13:47
  15. Ezekiel 47:10 : S Nu 34:6
  16. Ezekiel 47:11 : S Dt 29:23
  17. Ezekiel 47:12 : ver 7; Rev 22:2
  18. Ezekiel 47:12 : S Ps 1:3
  19. Ezekiel 47:12 : S Isa 55:1
  20. Ezekiel 47:12 : S Ge 2:9; S Jer 17:8; Eze 36:8
  21. Ezekiel 47:13 : Nu 34:2-12
  22. Ezekiel 47:13 : S Ge 48:16; S 49:26
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  24. Ezekiel 47:22 : S Eze 36:12
  25. Ezekiel 47:22 : S Dt 24:19; S Isa 14:1; Mal 3:5
  26. Ezekiel 47:22 : S Lev 24:22; Nu 15:29; 26:55-56; Isa 56:6-7; Ro 10:12; Eph 2:12-16; 3:6; Col 3:11
  27. Ezekiel 47:23 : S Dt 10:19

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