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Ezekiel 47

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Ezekiel 47

1 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.

2 Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side.

3 And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.

4 Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins.

5 Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.

6 And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river.

7 Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other.

8 Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.

9 And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.

10 And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Engedi even unto Eneglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.

11 But the miry places thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.

12 And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.

13 Thus saith the Lord GOD; This shall be the border, whereby ye shall inherit the land according to the twelve tribes of Israel: Joseph shall have two portions.

14 And ye shall inherit it, one as well as another: concerning the which I lifted up mine hand to give it unto your fathers: and this land shall fall unto you for inheritance.

15 And this shall be the border of the land toward the north side, from the great sea, the way of Hethlon, as men go to Zedad;

16 Hamath, Berothah, Sibraim, which is between the border of Damascus and the border of Hamath; Hazarhatticon, which is by the coast of Hauran.

17 And the border from the sea shall be Hazarenan, the border of Damascus, and the north northward, and the border of Hamath. And this is the north side.

18 And the east side ye shall measure from Hauran, and from Damascus, and from Gilead, and from the land of Israel by Jordan, from the border unto the east sea. And this is the east side.

19 And the south side southward, from Tamar even to the waters of strife in Kadesh, the river to the great sea. And this is the south side southward.

20 The west side also shall be the great sea from the border, till a man come over against Hamath. This is the west side.

21 So shall ye divide this land unto you according to the tribes of Israel.

22 And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you, and to the strangers that sojourn among you, which shall beget children among you: and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.

23 And it shall come to pass, that in what tribe the stranger sojourneth, there shall ye give him his inheritance, saith the Lord GOD.

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Summary and the Meaning of Ezekiel Chapter 47

Ezekiel 47, a chapter from the King James Version of the Bible, is a powerful passage with imagery and symbolism that carries significant religious and spiritual implications. This chapter is part of a larger vision that the prophet Ezekiel has concerning the future of Israel, particularly focusing on the significance and impact of a life-giving river flowing from the temple.

The narrative begins with Ezekiel being brought back to the entrance of the temple, where he sees water flowing from beneath the threshold of the temple eastward, indicating the source of the river is from the temple itself. The imagery of water is a recurrent theme in biblical text and often symbolizes life, cleansing, and spiritual renewal. The directional flow of the water also holds importance as eastward is often associated with divine presence and beginnings.

The Transformative Journey of Waters

As Ezekiel follows the path of the water, he notices that the depth of the water increases the further it flows from the temple, eventually forming a river that could not be passed over. This transformation from a trickle to a river symbolizes the increasing influence and spread of spiritual blessings and the abundance of life emanating from the presence of God. It is through this imagery that the narrative emphasizes the transformative and life-giving power of divine presence.

Healing and Fertility

The chapter further unfolds the impact of the river as it reaches the Dead Sea, a body of water traditionally associated with death and barrenness due to its high salinity which prevents marine life from thriving. However, as the river from the temple meets the Dead Sea, its waters are healed, showcasing a profound transformation from death to life. This powerful imagery symbolizes the restorative and healing power of God’s presence, able to bring life and fertility to even the most barren and lifeless places.

The Abundance of Life

Along the banks of the river, Ezekiel observes trees with leaves that do not wither and fruits that do not fail, symbolizing an unending source of sustenance and life. The trees are described to bear new fruit every month, with their leaves being used for healing. This abundance of life and healing further amplifies the theme of God’s nurturing and sustaining power. It paints a picture of a world filled with the divine blessings where there is no lack, sickness, or decay.

Spiritual and Social Implications

The chapter also extends into a broader social and spiritual narrative. The distribution of land among the tribes of Israel, as described in the latter part of the chapter, signifies the restoration of unity and rightful inheritance among the people of God. This also mirrors a divine social order where justice, equity, and harmony prevail. Through this, the chapter invites readers to envision a society underpinned by divine principles and blessings.

In conclusion, Ezekiel 47 encapsulates a rich and multi-faceted message about the transformative power of God’s presence, the hope for healing, restoration, and the envisioning of a divinely orchestrated social order. The imagery and narratives within this chapter provide a deep well of reflection and inspiration for individuals and communities seeking to understand the broader spiritual and social implications of divine intervention and blessings.

This article is informed by the King James Version of the Holy Bible, the authors' personal knowledge, considerations and experience, and additional materials and resources available in internet.

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