Ezekiel 37:1-14

The Valley of Dry Bones

1 aThe hand of the  Lord was upon me, and bhe 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, dSon of man, ecan these bones live?” And fI answered, “O Lord  God, you know.” 4Then he said to me, gProphesy over these bones, and say to them, hO dry bones, hear the word of the  Lord. 5Thus says the Lord  God to these bones: Behold, I will cause ibreath
Or spirit; also verses 6, 9, 10
to enter you, and you shall live.
6 kAnd I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and lcover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live mand you shall know that I am the  Lord.”

7So I prophesied nas I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, oa 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 qthere was no breath in them. 9Then he said to me, rProphesy to the breath; prophesy, sson of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord  God: Come from tthe four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” 10So I prophesied uas he commanded me, and vthe breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

11Then he said to me, wSon of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and xour hope is lost; ywe are indeed cut off.’ 12Therefore zprophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord  God: Behold aaI will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And abI will bring you into the land of Israel. 13And acyou shall know that I am the  Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. 14And adI 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; aeI have spoken, and I will do it, declares the  Lord.”

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