36:25 I will sprinkle you with pure water 1 and you will be clean from all your impurities. I will purify you from all your idols. 36:26 I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. I will remove the heart of stone 2 from your body and give you a heart of flesh. 3 36:27 I will put my Spirit within you; 4 I will take the initiative and you will obey my statutes 5 and carefully observe my regulations. 6
3 sn That is, a heart which symbolizes a will that is responsive and obedient to God.
4 tn Or “in the midst of you.” The word “you” is plural.
5 tn Heb “and I will do that which in my statutes you will walk.” The awkward syntax (verb “to do, act” + accusative sign + relative clause + prepositional phrase + second person verb) is unique, though Eccl 3:14 contains a similar construction. In the last line of that verse we read that “God acts so that (relative pronoun) they fear before him.” However, unlike Ezek 36:27, the statement has no accusative sign before the relative pronoun.
7 tn The Niphal verb may have a tolerative function here, “Again (for) this I will allow myself to be sought by the house of Israel to act for them.” Or it may be reflexive: “I will reveal myself to the house of Israel by doing this also.”
8 sn Heb “I will multiply them like sheep, human(s).”