NASB — Ezekiel 37 — KJV

Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones

1 The ahand of the LORD was upon me, and He bbrought me out Iby the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the cvalley; and it was full of bones. 2 He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, [there were] very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, [they were] very dry. 3 He said to me, “Son of man, acan these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord IGOD, bYou know.” 4 Again He said to me, “aProphesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, bhear the word of the LORD.’ 5 Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones, ‘Behold, I will cause Iabreath to enter you that you may come to life. 6 I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will aknow that I am the LORD.’”

[1] IOr in aEzk 1:3; 33:22; 40:1 bEzk 8:3; 11:24; 43:5; Ac 8:39 cJr 7:32-8:2
[3] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD, and so throughout the ch aEzk 26:19 bDt 32:39; 1S 2:6
[4] aEzk 37:9, 12 bJr 22:29; Ezk 36:1
[5] IOr spirit, and so throughout the ch aGn 2:7; Ps 104:29, 30; Ezk 37:9, 10, 14
[6] aIs 49:23; Ezk 35:9; 38:23; 39:6; Jol 2:27; 3:17

7 ¶ So I prophesied aas I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a Inoise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8 And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them. 9 Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Come from the four winds, O breath, and abreathe on these slain, that they bcome to life.”’” 10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the abreath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an bexceedingly great army.

[7] ILit voice; or thunder aJr 13:5-7
[9] aPs 104:30 bHo 13:14
[10] aRv 11:11 bJr 30:19; 33:22

The Vision Explained

11 ¶ Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the awhole house of Israel; behold, they say, ‘Our bbones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are Icompletely ccut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I will open your graves and acause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. 13 Then you will know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. 14 I will aput My ISpirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken and done it,” declares the LORD.’”

[11] ILit cut off to ourselves aJr 33:24; Ezk 36:10; 39:25 bPs 141:7 cPs 88:5; Lm 3:54
[12] aDt 32:39; 1S 2:6; Is 26:19; 66:14; Ho 13:14
[14] IOr breath aIs 32:15; Ezk 11:19; 36:27; 37:6, 9; 39:29; Jol 2:28, 29; Zc 12:10

Reunion of Judah and Israel

15 ¶ The word of the LORD came again to me saying, 16 “And you, son of man, take for yourself aone stick and write on it, ‘For bJudah and for the sons of Israel, his companions’; then take another stick and write on it, ‘For cJoseph, the stick of Ephraim and all the house of Israel, his companions.’ 17 Then ajoin them for yourself one to another into one stick, that they may become one in your hand. 18 When the sons of your people speak to you saying, ‘Will you not declare to us awhat you mean by these?’ 19 say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will put them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.”’ 20 The sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes. 21 Say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I will atake the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and I will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; 22 and I will make them aone nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and bone king will be king for all of them; and they will no longer be two nations and no longer be divided into two kingdoms. 23 They will ano longer defile themselves with their idols, or with their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions; but bI will deliver them from all their Idwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. And they will be My people, and I will be their God.

[16] aNu 17:2, 3 b2Ch 10:17; 11:11-17; 15:9 c1K 12:16-20; 2Ch 10:19
[17] aIs 11:13; Jr 50:4; Ezk 37:22-24; Ho 1:11; Zp 3:9
[18] aEzk 12:9; 17:12; 20:49; 24:19
[21] aIs 43:5, 6; Jr 29:14; Ezk 36:24; 39:27; Am 9:14, 15
[22] aJr 3:18; 50:4, 5; Ezk 36:10 bEzk 34:23, 24; 37:24
[23] IAnother reading is backslidings aEzk 36:25 bEzk 36:28, 29

The Davidic Kingdom

24 ¶ “My servant aDavid will be king over them, and they will all have bone shepherd; and they will walk in My ordinances and keep My statutes and observe them. 25 They will live on the land that I gave to Jacob My servant, in which your fathers lived; and they will live on it, they, and their sons and their sons’ sons, forever; and aDavid My servant will be their prince forever. 26 I will make a acovenant of peace with them; it will be an beverlasting covenant with them. And I will Iplace them and cmultiply them, and will set My dsanctuary in their midst forever. 27 My adwelling place also will be with them; and bI will be their God, and they will be My people. 28 And the nations will know that I am the LORD awho sanctifies Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forever.”’”

[24] aJr 30:9; Ezk 34:24; 37:25; Ho 3:5 bPs 78:71; Is 40:11; Ezk 34:23
[25] aIs 11:1; Ezk 37:24; Zc 6:12
[26] ILit give aEzk 16:62; 20:37; 34:25 bPs 89:3, 4; Is 55:3; 59:21; Ezk 16:60 cJr 30:19; Ezk 36:10, 11, 37 dEzk 20:40; 43:7
[27] aJn 1:14; Rv 21:3 bEzk 37:23; 2Co 6:16
[28] aEx 31:13; Ezk 20:12


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By the resurrection of dry bones,

1 ¶ The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which [was] full of bones, 2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, [there were] very many in the open valley; and, lo, [they were] very dry. 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. 4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD. 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. 8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but [there was] no breath in them. 9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

[1] 1K 18:12; 2K 2:16; Ezk 1:3; 3:14, 22; 8:3; 11:24; 33:22; 40:1; Lk 4:1; Ac 8:39; Rv 1:10.
[2] Dt 11:30; Ps 141:7; Ezk 37:11.
[3] Dt 32:29; 1S 2:6; Jn 5:21; 6:5; 11:25; Ac 26:8; Ro 4:17; 2Co 1:9; He 11:19.
[4] Nu 20:8; 1K 13:2; Is 26:19; 42:18; Jr 22:29; Ezk 36:1; 37:11, 15; Mi 6:2; Mt 21:21; Jn 2:5; 5:25, 28.
[5] Gn 2:7; Ps 104:29; Ezk 37:9, 14; Jn 20:22; Ro 8:2; Ep 2:5.
[6] Dt 29:6; 1K 20:28; Is 49:23; Ezk 6:7, 13; 7:4, 9; 11:10, 12; 20:38; 28:22; 32:15; 34:27; 35:9, 12, 15; 37:8, 14; 38:23; 39:6, 22, 28; Jol 2:27; 3:17.
[7] 1K 19:11; Jr 13:5; 26:8; Ac 2:2, 37; 4:19; 5:20; 16:26.
[9] So 4:16; Ezk 37:5, 14; Jn 3:8.
[10] Ps 104:30; Rv 11:11; 20:4.

the dead hope of Israel is revived.

11 ¶ Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. 12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 And ye shall know that I [am] the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, 14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken [it], and performed [it], saith the LORD.

[11] Nu 17:12; Ps 77:7; 141:7; Is 40:27; 49:14; Jr 2:25; 31:1; 33:24; Ezk 36:10; 37:1, 16, 19; 39:25; Ho 1:11; Ro 11:26; 2Co 5:14; Ep 2:1.
[12] Ezr 1:1; Jb 35:14; Is 26:9, 19; 66:14; Ezk 28:25; 36:24; 37:21, 25; Ho 6:2; 13:14; Am 9:14; Ro 11:15; 1Th 4:16; Rv 20:13.
[13] Ps 126:2; Ezk 16:62; 37:6.
[14] Is 32:15; Ezk 11:19; 17:24; 22:14; 36:27, 36; 37:9; 39:29; Jol 2:28; Zc 12:10; Ac 2:16; Ro 8:2, 11; 1Co 15:45; Tit 3:5.

By the uniting of two sticks,

15 ¶ The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, 16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and [for] all the house of Israel his companions: 17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.

[16] Nu 17:2; 1K 12:16; 2Ch 10:17, 19; 11:11; 15:9; 30:11.
[17] Is 11:13; Jr 50:4; Ezk 37:22; Ho 1:11; Zp 3:9.

is shewed the incorporation of Israel into Judah.

18 ¶ And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou [meanest] by these? 19 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which [is] in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, [even] with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.

[18] Ezk 12:9; 17:12; 20:49; 24:19.
[19] 1Ch 9:1; Ezk 37:16; Zc 10:6; Ep 2:13; Col 3:11.

The promises of Christ's Kingdom.

20 ¶ And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes. 21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: 22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: 23 Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. 24 And David my servant [shall be] king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. 25 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, [even] they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David [shall be] their prince for ever. 26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. 27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 28 And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.

[20] Nu 17:6; Ezk 12:3; Ho 12:10.
[21] Dt 30:3; Is 11:11; 27:12; 43:6; 49:12; Jr 16:15; 23:3, 8; 29:14; 30:3, 10, 18; 31:8; 32:37; 33:7, 11; 50:19; Ezk 34:13; 36:24; 39:25; Am 9:14; Ob 1:17; Mi 7:11.
[22] Gn 49:10; Ps 2:6, 12; 72:1, 8; Is 9:6; 11:12; Jr 3:18; 23:5; 32:39; 33:14, 26; 50:4; Ezk 34:23; 37:24; Ho 1:11; 3:4; Lk 1:32; Jn 10:16; Ep 2:19; Rv 11:15.
[23] Gn 17:7; Lv 20:7; Ps 68:20, 35; Is 2:18; Jr 31:1, 33; 32:38; Ezk 20:43; 36:24, 25, 28, 29, 31; 37:27; 39:22; 43:7; Ho 1:10; 14:8; Mi 7:14; Zc 13:1, 9; 14:21; Ep 5:26; He 9:13; 1Jn 1:7, 9; Rv 21:3, 7.
[24] Dt 30:6; Ps 78:71; 80:1; Ec 12:11; Is 40:11; 55:3; Jr 23:5; 30:9; 31:33; 32:39; Ezk 34:23; 36:27; 37:22, 25; Ho 3:5; Mi 5:2, 4; Zc 13:7; Lk 1:32; Jn 10:11, 14; 1Co 11:2; Ep 2:10; 4:4; Php 2:12; Tit 2:11; 3:3; He 13:20; 1P 5:4; 1Jn 2:6.
[25] Is 9:6; 60:21; 66:22; Jr 30:3; 31:24; 32:41; Ezk 28:25; 36:28; 37:21, 24, 26; Dn 2:44; Jol 3:20; Am 9:15; Zp 3:14; Zc 6:12; 14:11; Lk 1:32; Jn 12:34; He 7:2, 21.
[26] Gn 17:7; Lv 26:11; 2S 23:5; 1K 8:20; Ps 68:18; 89:3; Is 27:6; 49:21; 55:3; 59:20; Jr 30:19; 31:27; 32:40; Ezk 11:16; 34:25; 36:10, 37; 43:7; 45:1; Ho 2:18; Zc 2:5; 8:4; Jn 14:27; 2Co 6:16; He 6:14; 13:20.
[27] Lv 26:12; Ezk 11:20; 14:11; 36:28; 37:23; Ho 2:23; Jn 1:14; Col 2:9; Rv 21:3, 22.
[28] Ex 31:13; Lv 20:8; 21:8; Ps 79:10; 102:15; 126:2; Ezk 20:12; 36:23, 36; 38:23; 39:7, 23; Jn 17:17; Ro 11:15; 1Co 1:30; Ep 5:26; 1Th 5:23.


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