Again he said unto me, prophesy upon these bones
Or, "over these bones" F20; or, "concerning these bones" F21; foretell that they shall live; tell others of it, and them also: and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord;
the word of prophecy concerning you, as the Jews did in Babylon: so unconverted sinners may be preached unto, and their lost and miserable estate in which they are, like dry bones, may be set before them: they may be called upon to attend the external ministry of the word; and they are capable of hearing it with their bodily ears; though it is not profitable to them, for want of faith, yet faith comes hereby; and therefore it is right to attend upon the means, and hear the word.
F20 (hlah twmueh le) "super ossa haec", Starckius.
F21 "De ossibus istis", Junius & Tremellius, Polanus, Piscator.