Ezekiel 47:1-12

The river from the temple

1 The man brought me back to the entrance of the temple. There I saw water. It was coming out from under the entrance and it was running to the east. (The temple looked towards the east.) It came from under the south side of the temple. Then it ran past the south side of the altar. 2 The man took me out of the temple by the north gate. We went to the gate that opens to the east. Another small stream of water came out. That was at the south side of the gate. 3 The man measured five hundred (500) metres down the stream. He told me that I must walk through it. The water came up to my ankles. 4 Then he measured another five hundred (500) metres along the stream and the water came up to my knees. He measured down another five hundred (500) metres. The water came to the middle of my body. 5 When he measured another five hundred (500) metres the river was so deep that nobody could walk through it. 6 ‘Son of man,’ he said, ‘remember this.’

Then he took me back to the river's edge. 7 There I saw very many trees. They were on each side of the river. 8 ‘This water goes through the land to the east. It runs into the River Jordan's valley and out into the Dead Sea. When it goes into the sea, the water there will lose its salt. 9 Many kinds of animals and plants will live where the river goes. Many fish will live where the river goes. They will live there because there is no salt in the water. 10 Men by the sea will catch fish. They will find fish from the River En-Gedi to the streams of En-Eglaim. They will dry their fishing nets by the side of the sea. Many kinds of fish, like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea, will live there. 11 But the wet lands near the Dead Sea will still contain salt. You can use their water to get salt for yourselves. 12 All kinds of fruit trees will live there. They will live on each side of the river. They will remain green and give fruit every month. That is because they live by special water. That is the water that comes from the holy place. You will eat their fruit. And you can use their leaves to make sick people well.’