1 The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought
me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of
a valley; it was full of bones.
2 He led me all
round them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were
3 He said to me,
‘Mortal, can these bones live?’ I answered, ‘O
Lord God, you know.’
4 Then he said
to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones,
hear the word of the Lord.
5 Thus says the
Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you
6 I will lay sinews
on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with
skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know
that I am the Lord.’
7 So I prophesied
as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was
a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.
8 I looked, and
there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin
had covered them; but there was no breath in them.
9 Then he said
to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say
to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds,
O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.’
10 I prophesied
as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived,
and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.
11 Then he said
to me, ‘Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel.
They say, “Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we
are cut off completely.”
12 Therefore prophesy,
and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your
graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will
bring you back to the land of Israel.
13 And you shall
know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you
up from your graves, O my people.
14 I will put
my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on
your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken
and will act, says the Lord.’