Ezekiel 36:2
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New International Version
This is what the Sovereign LORD says: The enemy said of you, "Aha! The ancient heights have become our possession."'

New Living Translation
This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Your enemies have taunted you, saying, 'Aha! Now the ancient heights belong to us!'

English Standard Version
Thus says the Lord GOD: Because the enemy said of you, ‘Aha!’ and, ‘The ancient heights have become our possession,’

New American Standard Bible
'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because the enemy has spoken against you, 'Aha!' and, 'The everlasting heights have become our possession,'

King James Bible
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is what the Lord GOD says: Because the enemy has said about you, 'Good! The ancient heights have become our possession,'

International Standard Version
"This is what the Lord GOD says: 'The enemy has been saying about you, "Good! The ancient heights are back in our possession!"'"'

NET Bible
This is what the sovereign LORD says: The enemy has spoken against you, saying "Aha!" and, "The ancient heights have become our property!"'

New Heart English Bible
Thus says the Lord GOD: "Because the enemy has said against you, 'Aha.' and, 'The ancient high places are ours in possession'"';

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is what the Almighty LORD says: Your enemies said this about you, "Aha! The ancient worship sites now belong to us."'

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thus saith the Lord GOD: Because the enemy hath said against you: Aha! even the ancient high places are ours in possession;

New American Standard 1977
‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Because the enemy has spoken against you, ‘Aha!’ and, ‘The everlasting heights have become our possession,’

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thus hath the Lord GOD said: Because the enemy hath said regarding you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession;

King James 2000 Bible
Thus says the Lord GOD; Because the enemy has said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession:

American King James Version
Thus said the Lord GOD; Because the enemy has said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession:

American Standard Version
Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha! and, The ancient high places are ours in possession;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thus saith the Lord God: Because the enemy hath said of you: Aha, the everlasting heights are given to us for an inheritance.

Darby Bible Translation
Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha! and, The ancient high places are become ours in possession;

English Revised Version
Thus saith the Lord GOD: Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha! and, The ancient high places are ours in possession:

Webster's Bible Translation
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the enemy had said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession:

World English Bible
Thus says the Lord Yahweh: Because the enemy has said against you, Aha! and, The ancient high places are ours in possession;

Young's Literal Translation
Thus said the Lord Jehovah: Because the enemy said against you, Aha, and the high places of old for a possession have been to us,
Study Bible
Prophecy to the Mountains of Israel
1"And you, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, 'O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD. 2Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because the enemy has spoken against you, 'Aha!' and, 'The everlasting heights have become our possession,' 3therefore prophesy and say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "For good reason they have made you desolate and crushed you from every side, that you would become a possession of the rest of the nations and you have been taken up in the talk and the whispering of the people."'"…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:13
"He made him ride on the high places of the earth, And he ate the produce of the field; And He made him suck honey from the rock, And oil from the flinty rock,

Psalm 78:69
And He built His sanctuary like the heights, Like the earth which He has founded forever.

Isaiah 58:14
Then you will take delight in the LORD, And I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; And I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

Ezekiel 25:3
and say to the sons of Ammon, 'Hear the word of the Lord GOD! Thus says the Lord GOD, "Because you said, 'Aha!' against My sanctuary when it was profaned, and against the land of Israel when it was made desolate, and against the house of Judah when they went into exile,

Ezekiel 35:10
"Because you have said, 'These two nations and these two lands will be mine, and we will possess them,' although the LORD was there,

Ezekiel 35:12
"Then you will know that I, the LORD, have heard all your revilings which you have spoken against the mountains of Israel saying, 'They are laid desolate; they are given to us for food.'

Ezekiel 36:1
"And you, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, 'O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD.

Obadiah 1:13
"Do not enter the gate of My people In the day of their disaster. Yes, you, do not gloat over their calamity In the day of their disaster. And do not loot their wealth In the day of their disaster.

Habakkuk 3:19
The Lord GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds' feet, And makes me walk on my high places. For the choir director, on my stringed instruments.
Treasury of Scripture

Thus said the Lord GOD; Because the enemy has said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession:

Because

Ezekiel 36:5 Therefore thus said the Lord GOD; Surely in the fire of my jealousy …

Ezekiel 25:3 And say to the Ammonites, Hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus said …

Ezekiel 26:2 Son of man, because that Tyrus has said against Jerusalem, Aha, she …

even

Deuteronomy 32:13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat …

Psalm 78:69 And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which …

Isaiah 58:14 Then shall you delight yourself in the LORD; and I will cause you …

Habakkuk 3:19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' …

our's

Ezekiel 35:10 Because you have said, These two nations and these two countries …

Jeremiah 49:1 Concerning the Ammonites, thus said the LORD; Has Israel no sons? …

(2) The ancient high places.--This is very nearly the same expression as in Genesis 49:26; Deuteronomy 33:15, where it is translated "everlasting (or lasting) hills," and is probably an allusion to those passages. "The enemy" is a general term, which may refer to Edom; but from the following verses it is more likely that it is used for the heathen at large. When Israel's land had been left desolate, the surrounding nations claimed that God's promise to His people had failed, and that they themselves might now enter upon its secure possession.

Verse 2. - Because the enemy hath said against you. The ground of Jehovah's purposed proceeding against Edom and the surrounding heathen peoples (vers. 3, 5) is expressly declared to be the jubilation over the downfall of Israel, and the eagerness with which they sought to appropriate to themselves her forsaken land. Aha! Exulting over Israel's misfortune (comp. Ezekiel 25:3; Psalm 40:16). The ancient high places, which Israel's enemies fancied had become theirs in possession, were probably "the everlasting hills" of Genesis 49:26 and Deuteronomy 33:15, the principal mountains of Palestine, which, as Havernick finely observes, were "the honorable witnesses and indestructible monuments of that ancient blessing spoken by Israel's ancestor, and still resting on the people;" and to assail which was, in consequence, not only to sin against Jehovah, but to attempt an enterprise foredoomed to failure and shame. At the same time, Plumptre's suggestion ('Ezekiel: an Ideal Biography,' Expositor, vol. 8:284; and Unpublished Notes) is not without plausibility, that, considering the special significance of the term bamoth in Ezekiel, the phrase should be held as referring to the sanctuaries which stood upon those heights - including, of course, the chief sanctuary, or temple (Schroder); in support of which the dean cites the frequency with which the enemies of Israel, as, for instance, the Assyrians and the Moabites, in their inscriptions, boasted that they had captured these sanctuaries (see 'Records of the Past,' 2nd series, tel. 1. p. 107; 2:203). Thus saith the Lord God,.... By the mouth of the prophet, who was bid to prophesy:

because the enemy had said against you, aha: rejoicing at the calamity of God's people, particularly the Edomites or Idumeans, as in the preceding chapter; and who are chiefly meant; and also the Ammonites and Tyrians, Ezekiel 25:3,

even the ancient high places are ours in possession; or, "the high places of the world shall be unto us for a possession" (f); the land of Israel, according to Kimchi and others, was the highest part of the world, Jerusalem the highest part of that land, and the temple was built on the highest part of the city; and all these the Edomites claimed as their own, the land, city, and temple, and thought themselves sure of the same, as if they had them in actual possession; even the hilly part of the country, which had been so from the creation, and where stood many of the fortified and frontier towns and cities; which as strong as they were, or had been, they fancied would easily fall into their hands, now such desolations were made in the land.

(f) "excelsa seculi haereditario jure futura sunt nobis", Junius & Tremellius, Polanus; "celsa seculi haereditas evenit nobis", Cocceius, Starckius. 36:1-15 Those who put contempt and reproach on God's people, will have them turned on themselves. God promises favour to his Israel. We have no reason to complain, if the more unkind men are, the more kind God is. They shall come again to their own border. It was a type of the heavenly Canaan, of which all God's children are heirs, and into which they all shall be brought together. And when God returns in mercy to a people who return to him in duty, all their grievances will be set right. The full completion of this prophecy must be in some future event.
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