47:8 He said to me, “These waters go out toward the eastern region and flow down into the Arabah; when they enter the Dead Sea, 1 where the sea is stagnant, 2 the waters become fresh. 3
47:9 Every living creature which swarms where the river 4 flows will live; there will be many fish, for these waters flow there. It will become fresh 5 and everything will live where the river flows.
47:10 Fishermen will stand beside it; from Engedi to En-eglaim they will spread nets. They will catch many kinds of fish, like the fish of the Great Sea. 6
47:11 But its swamps and its marshes will not become fresh; they will remain salty.
1 tn Heb “the sea,” referring to the Dead Sea. This has been specified in the translation for clarity.
2 tn Heb “to the sea, those which are brought out.” The reading makes no sense. The text is best emended to read “filthy” (i.e., stagnant). See L. C. Allen, Ezekiel (WBC), 2:273.
3 tn Heb “the waters become healed.”
4 tn Heb “two rivers,” perhaps under the influence of Zech 14:8. The translation follows the LXX and other ancient versions in reading the singular, which is demanded by the context (see vv. 5-7, 9b, 12).
5 tn Heb “will be healed.”
6 sn The Great Sea refers to the Mediterranean Sea (also in vv. 15, 19, 20).