Ezekiel 37

1The Lord’s power came on me. The Spirit of the Lord carried me ˻out of the city˼ and put me down in the middle of the valley. The valley was full of dead men’s bones. 2There were many, many bones lying on the ground in the valley. The Lord made me walk all around among the bones. I saw the bones were very dry. 3Then the Lord my Master said to me, “Son of man, can these bones come to life?” I answered, “Lord my Master, only you know the answer to that question.” 4The Lord my Master said to me. “Speak to those bones for me. Tell those bones, 'Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! 5The Lord my Master says these things to you: I will cause breath to come into you, and you will come to life! 6I will put sinews and muscles on you. And I will cover you with skin. Then I will put breath in you, and you will come back to life! Then you will know that I am the Lord and Master.’” 7So I spoke to the bones for the Lord, like he said. I was still speaking, when I heard the loud noise. The bones began to rattle, and bone joined together with bone! 8There before my eyes, I saw sinew and muscles begin to cover the bones. And skin began to cover them. But ˻the bodies didn’t move˼—there was no breath in them. 9Then the Lord my Master said to me, “Speak to the wind for me. Son of man, speak to the wind for me. Tell the wind that the Lord and Master says these things: 'Wind, come from every direction and breathe air into these dead bodies! Breathe into them and they will come to life again!’” 10So I spoke to the wind for the Lord, like he said. And the breath came into the dead bodies. They came to life and stood up. There were many, many men—they were a very large army! 11Then the Lord my Master said to me, “Son of man, these bones are like the whole family of Israel. The people of Israel say, 'Our bones have dried up, our hope is gone. We have been completely destroyed!’ 12So, speak to them for me. Tell them the Lord and Master says these things, 'My people, I will open your graves and bring you up out of your graves! Then I will bring you to the land of Israel. 13My people, I will open your graves and bring you up out of your graves. And then you will then know that I am the Lord. 14I will put my Spirit in you and you will come to life again. Then I will lead you back to your own land. Then you will know that I am the Lord. You will know that I said these things and that I made them happen.’” The Lord said those things. 15The word of the Lord came to me again. He said, 16“Son of man, get one stick and write this message on it: 'This stick belongs to Judah and his friends, the people of Israel.’ Then take another stick and write on it, 'This stick of Ephraim belongs to Joseph and his friends, the people of Israel.’ 17Then join those two sticks together. In your hand, they will be one stick. 18“Your people will ask you to explain what that means. 19Tell them that the Lord and Master says these things, 'I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim and his friends, the people of Israel. Then I will put that stick with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick. In my hand, they will become one stick!’ 20“Hold those sticks in your hands in front of you. You wrote those names on those sticks. 21Tell the people that the Lord and Master says these things: 'I will take the people of Israel from among the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around, and I will bring them into their own land. 22I will make them one nation in the land on the mountains of Israel. One king will be king for all of them. They won’t continue to be two nations. They won’t be divided into two kingdoms any more. 23And they won’t continue to make themselves filthy with their idols and horrible statues or with any of their other crimes. But I will save them from all the places where they have sinned. And I will wash them and make them pure. And they will be my people, and I will be their God. 24“'And my servant David will be the king over them. There will be only one shepherd over all of them. They will live by my rules and obey my laws. They will do the things I tell them. 25They will live on the land that I gave to my servant Jacob. Your ancestors lived in that place. And my people will live there. They and their children, and their grandchildren will live there forever. And David my servant will be their leader forever. 26And I will make a peace agreement with them. This agreement will continue forever. I agree to give them their land. I agree to make them become many, many people. And I agree to put my holy place among them forever. 27My Holy Tent will be with them. Yes, I will be their God and they will be my people. 28And the other nations will know that I am the Lord. And they will know that I make Israel my special people by putting my holy place there among them forever.’”

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