The power of the LORD came over me. The LORD brought me out by his Spirit and put me down in the middle of a valley. The valley was filled with bones.
He led me all around them. I saw that there were very many bones at the bottom of the valley, and they were very dry.
Then he asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" I answered, "Only you know, Almighty LORD."
Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones. Tell them, 'Dry bones, listen to the word of the LORD.
This is what the Almighty LORD says to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you will live.
I will put ligaments on you, place muscles on you, and cover you with skin. I will put breath in you, and you will live. Then you will know that I am the LORD.'"
So I prophesied as I was commanded. While I was prophesying, suddenly there was a rattling noise, and the bones came together, one bone [attaching itself] to another.
As I looked, I saw that ligaments were on them, muscles were on them, and skin covered them. Yet, there was no breath in them.
Then the LORD said to me, "Prophesy to the breath! Prophesy, son of man. Tell the breath, 'This is what the Almighty LORD says: Come from the four winds, Breath, and breathe on these people who were killed so that they will live.'"
So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath entered them. Then they came to life and stood on their feet. There were enough of them to form a very large army.
The LORD also said to me, "Son of man, all the people of Israel are like these bones. The people say, 'Our bones are dry, and our hope has vanished. We are completely destroyed.'
So prophesy. Tell them, 'This is what the Almighty LORD says: My people, I will open your graves and take you out of them. I will bring you to Israel.
Then, my people, you will know that I am the LORD, because I will open your graves and bring you out of your graves.
I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live. I will place you in your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.'"