37The Lord took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones.H3027H3068H3318H7307H3068H5117H8432H1237H4392H6106 2He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out.H5674H5439H3966H7227H6440H1237H3966H3002 3Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?” “O Sovereign Lord,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to that.”H559H1121H120H6106H2421H559H136H3069H3045 4Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord!H559H5012H6106H559H3002H6106H8085H1697H3068 5This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again!H559H136H3069H6106H7307H935H2421 6I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”H5414H1517H5927H1320H7159H5785H5414H7307H2421H3045H3068 7So I spoke this message, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons.H5012H6680H5012H6963H7494H6106H7126H6106H6106 8Then as I watched, muscles and flesh formed over the bones. Then skin formed to cover their bodies, but they still had no breath in them.H7200H1517H1320H5927H5785H7159H4605H7307 9Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man. Speak a prophetic message and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’”H559H5012H7307H5012H1121H120H559H7307H559H136H3069H935H702H7307H7307H5301H2026H2421 10So I spoke the message as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet—a great army.H5012H6680H7307H935H2421H5975H7272H3966H3966H1419H2428 11Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones represent the people of Israel. They are saying, ‘We have become old, dry bones—all hope is gone. Our nation is finished.’H559H1121H120H6106H1004H3478H559H6106H3001H8615H6H1504 12Therefore, prophesy to them and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again. Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel.H5012H559H559H136H3069H5971H6605H6913H5927H6913H935H127H3478 13When this happens, O my people, you will know that I am the Lord.H3045H3068H6605H6913H5971H5927H6913 14I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live again and return home to your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done what I said. Yes, the Lord has spoken!’”H5414H7307H2421H3240H127H3045H3068H1696H6213H5002H3068 15Again a message came to me from the Lord:H1697H3068H559 16“Son of man, take a piece of wood and carve on it these words: ‘This represents Judah and its allied tribes.’ Then take another piece and carve these words on it: ‘This represents Ephraim and the northern tribes of Israel.’H1121H120H3947H259H6086H3789H3063H1121H3478H2270H3947H259H6086H3789H3130H6086H669H1004H3478H2270 17Now hold them together in your hand as if they were one piece of wood.H7126H259H259H259H6086H259H3027 18When your people ask you what your actions mean,H1121H5971H559H559H5046 19say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take Ephraim and the northern tribes and join them to Judah. I will make them one piece of wood in my hand.’H1696H559H136H3069H3947H6086H3130H3027H669H7626H3478H2270H5414H6086H3063H6213H259H6086H259H3027 20“Then hold out the pieces of wood you have inscribed, so the people can see them.H6086H3789H3027H5869 21And give them this message from the Sovereign Lord: I will gather the people of Israel from among the nations. I will bring them home to their own land from the places where they have been scattered.H1696H559H136H3069H3947H1121H3478H996H1471H1980H6908H5439H935H127 22I will unify them into one nation on the mountains of Israel. One king will rule them all; no longer will they be divided into two nations or into two kingdoms.H6213H259H1471H776H2022H3478H259H4428H4428H5750H8147H1471H2673H8147H4467 23They will never again pollute themselves with their idols and vile images and rebellion, for I will save them from their sinful backsliding. I will cleanse them. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God.H2930H1544H8251H6588H3467H4186H2398H2891H5971H430 24“My servant David will be their king, and they will have only one shepherd. They will obey my regulations and be careful to keep my decrees.H1732H5650H4428H259H7462H3212H4941H8104H2708H6213 25They will live in the land I gave my servant Jacob, the land where their ancestors lived. They and their children and their grandchildren after them will live there forever, generation after generation. And my servant David will be their prince forever.H3427H776H5414H3290H5650H1H3427H3427H1121H1121H1121H5769H5650H1732H5387H5704H5769 26And I will make a covenant of peace with them, an everlasting covenant. I will give them their land and increase their numbers, and I will put my Temple among them forever.H3772H1285H7965H5769H1285H5414H7235H5414H4720H8432H5769 27I will make my home among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.H4908H430H5971 28And when my Temple is among them forever, the nations will know that I am the Lord, who makes Israel holy.”H1471H3045H3068H6942H3478H4720H8432H5769
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