Water Flowing from the Temple
1Then he brought me back to #[ch. 43:1, 2] the door of the temple, and behold, #Ps. 46:4; Joel 3:18; [Zech. 14:8; Rev. 22:1] water was issuing from below #See ch. 9:3 the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of #See ch. 43:13the altar. 2Then he brought me out by way of #ch. 40:35 the north gate and led me around on the outside to #[ch. 40:6]the outer gate that faces toward the east; and behold, the water was trickling out on the south side.
3Going on eastward with a measuring line in his hand, #[ch. 40:3]the man measured a thousand cubits,#47:3 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters and then led me through the water, and it was ankle-deep. 4Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was waist-deep. 5Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen. It was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through. 6And he said to me, #See ch. 2:1 “Son of man, #[ch. 8:6]have you seen this?”
Then he led me back to the bank of the river. 7As I went back, I saw on the bank of the river #ver. 12; [Rev. 22:2]very many trees on the one side and on the other. 8And he said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into #See Deut. 1:1 the Arabah, and enters the sea;#47:8 That is, the Dead Sea when the water flows into #Deut. 3:17; 4:49; Josh. 3:16the sea, the water will become fresh.#47:8 Hebrew will be healed; also verses 9, 11 9And wherever the river goes,#47:9 Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate, Targum; Hebrew the two rivers go every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish. For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea#47:9 Hebrew lacks the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. 10Fishermen will stand beside the sea. From #See 1 Sam. 23:29 Engedi to #Isa. 15:8 Eneglaim it will be a place for the spreading of nets. Its fish will be of very many kinds, like the fish of #See Josh. 15:12the Great Sea.#47:10 That is, the Mediterranean Sea; also verses 15, 19, 20 11But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt. 12And on the banks, #[ver. 7] on both sides of the river, there will grow #[Gen. 2:9] all kinds of trees for food. #Ps. 1:3; [Jer. 17:8] Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, #[Rev. 22:2]but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and #[Rev. 22:2]their leaves for healing.”
Division of the Land
13Thus says the Lord God: “This is the boundary#47:13 Probable reading; Hebrew The valley of the boundary by which #ch. 45:8; See ch. 48:1-7, 23-28 you shall divide the land for inheritance among the twelve tribes of Israel. #[ch. 48:4, 5]; See Josh. 17:14-18Joseph shall have two portions. 14And you shall divide equally what #See ch. 20:5 I swore #See Gen. 12:7 to give to your fathers. #[ch. 48:29]This land shall fall to you as your inheritance.
15“This shall be the boundary of the land: On the north side, from #[See ver. 10 above] the Great Sea #ch. 48:1 by way of Hethlon to Lebo-hamath, and on to #Num. 34:8Zedad,#47:15 Septuagint; Hebrew the entrance of Zedad, Hamath 16#2 Sam. 8:8 Berothah, Sibraim (which lies on the border between #ch. 48:1; Isa. 7:8 Damascus and #[See ver. 15 above]Hamath), as far as Hazer-hatticon, which is on the border of Hauran. 17So the boundary shall run from the sea to #[ch. 48:1]Hazar-enan, which is on the northern border of Damascus, with the border of Hamath to the north.#47:17 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain This shall be the north side.#47:17 Probable reading; Hebrew and as for the north side
18“On the east side, the boundary shall run between Hauran and Damascus; along the Jordan between #Josh. 13:11 Gilead and the land of Israel; to #Joel 2:20the eastern sea and as far as Tamar.#47:18 Compare Syriac; Hebrew to the eastern sea you shall measure This shall be the east side.
19“On the south side, it shall run from #Gen. 14:7; 2 Chr. 20:2 Tamar as far as #Num. 20:13 the waters of Meribah-kadesh, from there along #Num. 34:5 the Brook of Egypt#47:19 Hebrew lacks of Egypt to #See Josh. 15:12the Great Sea. This shall be the south side.
20“On the west side, the Great Sea shall be the boundary to a point #[See ver. 15 above]opposite Lebo-hamath. This shall be the west side.
21 # ver. 13 “So you shall divide this land among you according to the tribes of Israel. 22#ch. 45:1; 48:29 You shall allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and #Isa. 14:1; [Eph. 3:6] for the sojourners who reside among you and have had children among you. #Ex. 12:19, 48, 49; [Rom. 10:12; Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:11]They shall be to you as native-born children of Israel. With you they shall be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. 23In whatever tribe the sojourner resides, there you shall assign him his inheritance, declares the Lord God.