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Ezekiel 11:14-20 – God’s Promise of Restoration

Summary

God promises to bring the Jews back from exile, destroying their idolatry and replacing their heart of stone with a heart of flesh.

Analysis

The Jews in exile think they are far from the Lord and must settle down in Babylon. In response, this section presents a new promise: God's own self will be their temple while they are in exile (11:16). What is more, God promises to cleanse them from idolatry, gather them again, and give them back the promised land. God will renew the covenant and "give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them," removing their "heart of stone" and giving them a "heart of flesh" (11:19). Thus God will bring Israel back to spiritual life in the promised land-they will not live in foreign lands forever. See also 36:16-38.

Ezekiel 11:14-20

God Will Restore Israel

14 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 15Mortal, your kinsfolk, your own kin, your fellow exiles,* the whole house of Israel, all of them, are those of whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, ‘They have gone far from the Lord; to us this land is given for a possession.’ 16Therefore say: Thus says the Lord God: Though I removed them far away among the nations, and though I scattered them among the countries, yet I have been a sanctuary to them for a little while* in the countries where they have gone. 17Therefore say: Thus says the Lord God: I will gather you from the peoples, and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. 18When they come there, they will remove from it all its detestable things and all its abominations. 19I will give them one* heart, and put a new spirit within them; I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, 20so that they may follow my statutes and keep my ordinances and obey them. Then they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

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