33 “Do not defile the land where you are,[a] for bloodshed defiles the land,(A) and there can be no atonement for the land because of the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of the person who shed it. 34 Do not make the land unclean where you live and where I reside; for I, Yahweh, reside among the Israelites.”

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Footnotes

  1. Numbers 35:33 Sam, LXX, Syr, Vg, Tg read live

When the Lord your God drives them out before you, do not say to yourself, ‘The Lord brought me in to take possession of this land because of my righteousness.’ Instead, the Lord will drive out these nations before you because of their wickedness.

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11 You gave through Your servants the prophets, saying: “The land you are entering to possess is an impure land. The surrounding peoples have filled it from end to end with their uncleanness by their impurity and detestable practices.(A)

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The earth is polluted by its inhabitants,(A)
for they have transgressed teachings,
overstepped decrees,
and broken the everlasting covenant.(B)
Therefore a curse has consumed the earth,(C)
and its inhabitants have become guilty;
the earth’s inhabitants have been burned,
and only a few survive.

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I brought you to a fertile land(A)
to eat its fruit and bounty,
but after you entered, you defiled My land;(B)
you made My inheritance(C) detestable.

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Restoration of Israel’s Mountains

36 “Son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say: Mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord.(A)

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