With the hand of ADONAI upon me, ADONAI carried me out by his Spirit and set me down in the middle of the valley, and it was full of bones.
He had me pass by all around them - there were so many bones lying in the valley, and they were so dry!
He asked me, "Human being, can these bones live?" I answered, "Adonai ELOHIM! Only you know that!"
Then he said to me, "Prophesy over these bones! Say to them, 'Dry bones! Hear what ADONAI has to say!
To these bones Adonai ELOHIM says, "I will make breath enter you, and you will live.
I will attach ligaments to you, make flesh grow on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you. You will live, and you will know that I am ADONAI."'"
So I prophesied as ordered; and while I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound; it was the bones coming together, each bone in its proper place.
As I watched, ligaments grew on them, flesh appeared and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them.
Next he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath! Prophesy, human being! Say to the breath that Adonai ELOHIM says, 'Come from the four winds, breath; and breathe on these slain, so that they can live.'"
So I prophesied as ordered, and the breath came into them, and they were alive! They stood up on their feet, a huge army!
Then he said to me, "Human being! These bones are the whole house of Isra'el; and they are saying, 'Our bones have dried up, our hope is gone, and we are completely cut off.'
Therefore prophesy; say to them that Adonai ELOHIM says, 'My people! I will open your graves and make you get up out of your graves, and I will bring you into the land of Isra'el.
Then you will know that I am ADONAI - when I have opened your graves and made you get up out of your graves, my people!
I will put my Spirit in you; and you will be alive. Then I will place you in your own land; and you will know that I, ADONAI, have spoken, and that I have done it,' says ADONAI."