The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,2
And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were verymany in the openvalley;a and, lo, they were verydry.3
And he said unto me, Son of man, can these boneslive ? And I answered , O LordGOD, thou knowest .
Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye drybones,hear the word of the LORD.5
Thus saith the LordGOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live :
And I will laysinews upon you, and will bring upflesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and putbreath in you, and ye shall live ; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.7
So I prophesied as I was commanded : and as I prophesied , there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together , bone to his bone.8
And when I beheld , lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skincovered them above: but there was no breath in them.
Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind,bprophesy , son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the LordGOD;Come from the fourwinds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain , that they may live .
So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breathcame into them, and they lived , and stood up upon their feet, an exceedinggreatarmy.11
Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say , Our bones are dried , and our hope is lost : we are cut off for our parts.
Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the LordGOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.13
And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,14
And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live , and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.