Bible: Ezekiel 37:1-14

The Valley of Dry Bones

37:1 The hand 1  of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and placed 2  me in the midst of the valley, and it was full of bones. 37:2 He made me walk all around among them. 3  I realized 4  there were a great many bones in the valley and they were very dry. 37:3 He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said to him, “Sovereign Lord, you know.” 37:4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and tell them: ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 37:5 This is what the sovereign Lord says to these bones: Look, I am about to infuse breath 5  into you and you will live. 37:6 I will put tendons 6  on you and muscles over you and will cover you with skin; I will put breath 7  in you and you will live. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’

37:7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. There was a sound when I prophesied – I heard 8  a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 37:8 As I watched, I saw 9  tendons on them, then muscles appeared, 10  and skin covered over them from above, but there was no breath 11  in them.

37:9 He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, 12 prophesy, son of man – and say to the breath: ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these corpses so that they may live.’ 37:10 So I prophesied as I was commanded, and the breath came into them; they lived and stood on their feet, an extremely great army.

37:11 Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are all the house of Israel. Look, they are saying, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope has perished; we are cut off.’ 37:12 Therefore prophesy, and tell them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Look, I am about to open your graves and will raise you from your graves, my people. I will bring you to the land of Israel. 37:13 Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and raise you from your graves, my people. 37:14 I will place my breath 13  in you and you will live; I will give you rest in your own land. Then you will know that I am the LordI have spoken and I will act, declares the Lord.’

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