The river
1When he brought me back to the temple’s entrance, I noticed that water was flowing toward the east from under the temple’s threshold (the temple faced east). The water was going out from under the temple’s facade toward the south, south of the altar. 2He led me out through the north gate and around the outside to the outer east gate, where the water flowed out under the facade on the south side. 3With the line in his hand, the man went out toward the east. When he measured off fifteen hundred feet, he made me cross the water; it was ankle-deep. 4He measured off another fifteen hundred feet and made me cross the water; it was knee-deep. He measured off another fifteen hundred feet and made me cross the water, and it was waist-high. 5When he measured off another fifteen hundred feet, it had become a river that I couldn’t cross. The water was high, deep enough for swimming but too high to cross. 6He said to me, "Human one, do you see?" Then he led me back to the edge of the river. 7When I went back, I saw very many trees on both banks of the river. 8He said to me, "These waters go out to the eastern region, flow down the steep slopes,#Or Arabah and go into the Dead Sea.#Or sea When the flowing waters enter the sea, its water becomes fresh. 9Wherever the river flows, every living thing that moves will thrive. There will be great schools of fish, because when these waters enter the sea, it will be fresh. Wherever the river flows, everything will live. 10People will stand fishing beside it, from En-gedi to En-eglayim, and it will become a place for spreading nets. It will be like the Mediterranean Sea,#Or great sea having all kinds of fish in it. 11Its marshes and swamps won’t be made fresh (they are left for salt), 12but on both banks of the river will grow up all kinds of fruit-bearing trees. Their leaves won’t wither, and their fruitfulness won’t wane. They will produce fruit in every month, because their water comes from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for eating, their leaves for healing."
13The Lord God proclaims: These#LXX, Tg, Vulg; Heb uncertain are the boundaries of the portions of land that will be distributed as an inheritance to the twelve tribes of Israel. Joseph will receive two portions. 14What I swore to give to your ancestors, you will distribute as an inheritance equally. This land is given to you as an inheritance. 15This is the boundary of the land. The northern limit begins at the Mediterranean Sea and goes in the direction of Hethlon toward Lebo-hamath, Zedad,#LXX; MT transposes Hamath and Zedad. 16Berothah, Sibraim (which is between the boundary of Damascus and the boundary of Hamath), and Hazer-hatticon (that is on the boundary of Hauran). 17So the boundary from the Mediterranean Sea#Or the sea to Hazar-enon will run north of the boundary of Damascus, with the boundary of Hamath to the north. This is the northern limit. 18For the eastern limit, you will measure continuously between Hauran and Damascus and between Gilead and the land of Israel, along the Jordan River as far as the Dead Sea.#Or eastern sea This is the eastern limit. 19The southern limit runs from Tamar to the waters of Meribath-kadesh and from there along the border#Or Wadi; traditionally Brook of Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea. This is the southern limit. 20For the western limit, the Mediterranean Sea is the boundary up to Lebo-hamath. This is the western limit. 21You will apportion this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. 22When you distribute the land as an inheritance, the immigrants who reside with you and raise families among you are considered full citizens along with the Israelites. They will receive an inheritance along with you among the tribes of Israel. 23You will assign the immigrants’ inheritance with the tribe with whom they reside. This is what the Lord God says.
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