Ezekiel 37

The Valley of Dry Bones

1 a  The hand of the  Lord was upon me, and b  he brought me out in the Spirit of the  Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley;
Or plain; also verse 2
it was full of bones.
2And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. 3And he said to me, d  Son of man, e  can these bones live?” And f  I answered, “O Lord  God, you know.” 4Then he said to me, g  Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, h  O dry bones, hear the word of the  Lord. 5Thus says the Lord  God to these bones: Behold, I will cause i  breath
Or spirit; also verses 6, 9, 10
to enter you, and you shall live.
6 k  And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and l  cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live m  and you shall know that I am the  Lord.”

7So I prophesied n  as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, o  a rattling,
Or  an earthquake (compare 3:12, 13)
and the bones came together, bone to its bone.
8And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But q  there was no breath in them. 9Then he said to me, r  Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, s  son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord  God: Come from t  the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” 10So I prophesied u  as he commanded me, and v  the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

11Then he said to me, w  Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and x  our hope is lost; y  we are indeed cut off.’ 12Therefore z  prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord  God: Behold aa  I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And ab  I will bring you into the land of Israel. 13And ac  you shall know that I am the  Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. 14And ad  I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the  Lord; ae  I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the  Lord.”

I Will Be Their God, They Shall Be My People

15The word of the  Lord came to me: 16 af  Son of man ag  take a stick
Or one piece of wood; also verses 17, 19, 20
and write on it, ‘For ai  Judah, and aj  the people of Israel associated with him’; then take another stick and write on it, ‘For ak  Joseph (the stick of al  Ephraim) and all the house of Israel associated with him.’
17And am  join them one to another into one stick, that an  they may become ao  one in your hand. 18And when ap  your people say to you, aq  ‘Will you not tell us what you mean by these?’ 19say to them, Thus says the Lord  God: Behold, I am about to take ar  the stick of Joseph (that is in the hand of Ephraim) and the tribes of Israel associated with him. And I will join with it the as  stick of Judah
Hebrew  And I will place them on it, the stick of Judah
and au  make them one stick av  that they may be one in my hand.
20When the sticks on which you write are in your hand aw  before their eyes, 21then say to them, Thus says the Lord  God: Behold, ax  I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and ay  bring them to their own land. 22And az  I will make them one nation in the land, on ba  the mountains of Israel. And bb  one king shall be king over them all, and they shall be no longer bc  two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms. 23 bd  They shall not be  defile themselves anymore bf  with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions. But bg  I will save them from all the backslidings
Many Hebrew manuscripts; other Hebrew manuscripts dwellings
in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them; and bi  they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

24“My servant bj  David bk  shall be king over them, and they shall all have bl  one shepherd. bm  They shall walk in my rules and be careful to obey my statutes. 25 bn  They shall dwell in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children shall dwell there bo  forever, and David my servant shall be their prince bp  forever. 26 bq  I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be br  an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land
Hebrew lacks  in their land
and bt  multiply them, and will bu  set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore.
27 bv  My dwelling place shall be with them, bw  and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 28Then bx  the nations will know that by  I am the  Lord who sanctifies Israel, when bz  my sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.”

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