Friday, December 30, 2005

Back to Life

Ezekiel 37:1-12
1. The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and he set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.
2. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry.
3. He asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"
I said "O sovereign LORD, you alone know."
4. Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones and say to them, 'Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!
5. This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD'"
7. So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones come together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them but there was no breath in them.
9. Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath; prophesy son of man, and say to it, 'This is what the sovereign LORD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breath into these slain and they may live.'"
10. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet - a vast army.
11. Then he said to me: "Son of man, theses bones are the hole house of Israel. They say 'Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off'
12. Therefore prophesy and say to them:' This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O my people, I'me going to open your graves and bring you up from them
14. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD' "


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