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katapi HOME Ezekiel 37:1-14 - The valley of dry bones.  Ez.37.1-14

37 1 The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he carried me out by his spirit and put me down in a plain full of bones. 37 2 He made me go to and fro across them until I had been round them all He made ... all: or He made me pass all round them, they covered the plain, countless numbers of them, and they were very dry. 37 3 He said to me, 'Man, can these bones live again?' I answered, 'Only thou knowest that, Lord GOD.' 37 4 He said to me, 'Prophesy over these bones and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 37 5 This is the word of the Lord GOD to these bones: I will put breath Or wind or spirit into you, and you shall live. 37 6 I will fasten sinews on you, bring flesh upon you, overlay you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the LORD.'

37 7 I began to prophesy as he had bidden me, and as I prophesied there was a rustling sound and the bones fitted themselves together. 37 8 As I looked, sinews appeared upon them, flesh covered them, and they were overlaid with skin, but there was no breath in them. 37 9 Then he said to me, 'Prophesy to the wind, prophesy, man, and say to it, These are the words of the Lord GOD: Come, O wind, come from every quarter and breathe into these slain, that they may come to life.' 37 10 I began to prophesy as he had bidden me: breath came into them; they came to life and rose to their feet, a mighty host.

37 11 He said to me, 'Man, these bones are the whole people of Israel. They say, "Our bones are dry, our thread of life is snapped, our web is severed from the loom our web ... loom: prob. rdg, Heb we are completely cut off." 37 12 Prophesy, therefore, and say to them, These are the words of the Lord GOD: O my people, I will open your graves and bring you up from them, and restore you to the land of Israel. 37 13 You shall know that I am the LORD when I open your graves and bring you up from them, O my people. 37 14 Then I will put my spirit Or breath into you and you shall live, and I will settle you on your own soil, and you shall know that I the LORD have spoken and will act. This is the very word of the LORD.'

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