Ezekiel 36:35
New International Version
They will say, "This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited."

New Living Translation
And when I bring you back, people will say, 'This former wasteland is now like the Garden of Eden! The abandoned and ruined cities now have strong walls and are filled with people!'

English Standard Version
And they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden, and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’

Berean Study Bible
Then they will say, “This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden. The cities that were once ruined, desolate, and destroyed are now fortified and inhabited.”

New American Standard Bible
"They will say, 'This desolate land has become like the garden of Eden; and the waste, desolate and ruined cities are fortified and inhabited.'

King James Bible
And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.

Christian Standard Bible
They will say, "This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden. The cities that were once ruined, desolate, and demolished are now fortified and inhabited."

Contemporary English Version
Instead, they will say that it looks as beautiful as the garden of Eden. They won't see towns lying in ruins, but they will see your strong cities filled with people.

Good News Translation
Everyone will talk about how this land, which was once a wilderness, has become like the Garden of Eden, and how the cities which were torn down, looted, and left in ruins, are now inhabited and fortified.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then they will say, 'This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden. The cities that were once ruined, desolate, and destroyed are now fortified and inhabited.'

International Standard Version
They will say, "This wasteland has become like the garden of Eden, and what used to be desolate ruins are now fortified and inhabited."

NET Bible
They will say, "This desolate land has become like the garden of Eden; the ruined, desolate, and destroyed cities are now fortified and inhabited."

New Heart English Bible
They shall say, "This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are fortified and inhabited."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
People will say, "This wasteland has become like the garden of Eden. The cities were destroyed. They were empty and ruined, but now they are fortified and have people living in them."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they shall say: This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are fortified and inhabited.

New American Standard 1977
“And they will say, ‘This desolate land has become like the garden of Eden; and the waste, desolate, and ruined cities are fortified and inhabited.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
who said, This desolate land used to be like the garden of Eden; and these waste and desolate and ruined cities used to be fortified.

King James 2000 Bible
And they shall say, This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities have become fortified, and are inhabited.

American King James Version
And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.

American Standard Version
And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are fortified and inhabited.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They shall say: This land that was untilled is become as a garden of pleasure: and the cities that were abandoned, and desolate, and destroyed, are peopled and fenced.

Darby Bible Translation
And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities [are] fortified [and] inhabited.

English Revised Version
And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are fenced and inhabited.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fortified, and are inhabited.

World English Bible
They shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are fortified and inhabited.

Young's Literal Translation
And they have said: This land, that was desolated, Hath been as the garden of Eden, And the cities -- the wasted, And the desolated, and the broken down, Fenced places have remained.
Study Bible
A New Heart and Spirit
34The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through. 35Then they will say, “This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden. The cities that were once ruined, desolate, and destroyed are now fortified and inhabited.” 36Then the nations around you that remain will know that I, the LORD, have rebuilt what was destroyed, and I have replanted what was desolate. I, the LORD, have spoken, and I will do it.’…
Cross References
Isaiah 51:3
For the LORD will comfort Zion and look with compassion on all her ruins; He will make her wilderness like Eden and her desert like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and melodious song.

Ezekiel 28:13
You were in Eden, the garden of God. Every kind of precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald. Your mountings and settings were crafted in gold, prepared on the day of your creation.

Ezekiel 31:9
I made it beautiful with its many branches, the envy of all the trees of Eden, which were in the garden of God.'

Ezekiel 36:34
The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through.

Joel 2:3
Before them a fire devours, and behind them a flame scorches. The land before them is like the Garden of Eden, but behind them, it is like a desert wasteland--surely nothing will escape them.

Treasury of Scripture

And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.

they shall

Psalm 58:11 So that a man shall say, Truly there is a reward for the righteous: …

Psalm 64:9 And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they …

Psalm 126:2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: …

Jeremiah 33:9 And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and an honor before …

like the

Ezekiel 37:13 And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, …

Genesis 2:8,9 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he …

Genesis 13:10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that …

Isaiah 51:3 For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; …

Joel 2:3 A fire devours before them; and behind them a flame burns: the land …







Lexicon
Then they will say,
וְאָמְר֗וּ (wə·’ā·mə·rū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“This
הַלֵּ֙זוּ֙ (hal·lê·zū)
Pronoun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1977: This

land
הָאָ֤רֶץ (hā·’ā·reṣ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land

that was desolate
הַנְּשַׁמָּ֔ה (han·nə·šam·māh)
Article | Verb - Nifal - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8074: To stun, devastate, stupefy

has become
הָיְתָ֖ה (hā·yə·ṯāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

like the garden
כְּגַן־ (kə·ḡan-)
Preposition-k | Noun - common singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1588: An enclosure, garden

of Eden.
עֵ֑דֶן (‘ê·ḏen)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5731: Eden -- the garden home of Adam and Eve

The cities
וְהֶעָרִ֧ים (wə·he·‘ā·rîm)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5892: Excitement

that were once ruined,
הֶחֳרֵב֛וֹת (he·ḥo·rê·ḇō·wṯ)
Article | Adjective - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2720: Parched, ruined

desolate,
וְהַֽנְשַׁמּ֥וֹת (wə·han·šam·mō·wṯ)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Verb - Nifal - Participle - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8074: To stun, devastate, stupefy

and destroyed
וְהַנֶּהֱרָס֖וֹת (wə·han·ne·hĕ·rā·sō·wṯ)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Verb - Nifal - Participle - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2040: To pull down, in pieces, break, & destroy

are now fortified
בְּצוּר֥וֹת (bə·ṣū·rō·wṯ)
Adjective - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1219: To cut off, make inaccessible, enclose

and inhabited.”
יָשָֽׁבוּ׃ (yā·šā·ḇū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry
(35) Like the garden of Eden.--This may be meant merely to describe the exceeding excellence and prosperity of the land; but, in connection with what has been previously said, it seems rather to point forward to that state in which man shall again be entirely freed from sin, which has been the state for which the Church in all ages has been preparing.

Verse 35. - This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden. (For the reverse picture, see Joel 2:3.) The thought of the first Paradise (Genesis 2:8), in the historicity of which clearly Ezekiel believed, was one on which his mind often dwelt (Ezekiel 28:13; Ezekiel 31:9) as an ideal of earthly beauty and fertility which should recur in the closing age of the world - a hope which appears to have been shared by Isaiah (Isaiah 51:3), and taken up by John (Revelation 2:7; Revelation 22:1-3). In the day when that hope should be realized for Israel, the waste, desolate, and ruined cities, on which the passers-by who visited Palestine gazed, should be fenced and inhabited; literally, inhabited as fortresses. The three predicates, "waste," "desolate," and" ruined," have been distinguished as signifying "stripped of its inhabitants," "untilled in its lands," and "broken down in its buildings;" in contrast with which, in the golden era of the future, the towns should be inhabited, the fields tilled, and the ruined fortresses built. 36:25-38 Water is an emblem of the cleansing our polluted souls from sin. But no water can do more than take away the filth of the flesh. Water seems in general the sacramental sign of the sanctifying influences of the Holy Ghost; yet this is always connected with the atoning blood of Christ. When the latter is applied by faith to the conscience, to cleanse it from evil works, the former is always applied to the powers of the soul, to purify it from the pollution of sin. All that have an interest in the new covenant, have a new heart and a new spirit, in order to their walking in newness of life. God would give a heart of flesh, a soft and tender heart, complying with his holy will. Renewing grace works as great a change in the soul, as the turning a dead stone into living flesh. God will put his Spirit within, as a Teacher, Guide, and Sanctifier. The promise of God's grace to fit us for our duty, should quicken our constant care and endeavour to do our duty. These are promises to be pleaded by, and will be fulfilled to, all true believers in every age.
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