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Ezekiel 37

By the resurrection of dry bones,

Ezekiel 37:1 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and brought me forth in the spirit of the Lord: and set me down in the midst of a plain that was full of bones. Ezekiel 37:2 And he led me about through them on every side: now they were very many upon the face of the plain, and they were exceeding dry. Ezekiel 37:3 And he said to me: Son of man, dost thou think these bones shall live and I answered: O Lord God, thou knowest. Ezekiel 37:4 And he said to me: Prophesy concerning these bones; and say to them: Ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Ezekiel 37:5 Thus saith the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will send spirit into you, and you shall live. Ezekiel 37:6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to grow over you, and will cover you with skin: and I will give you spirit and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord. Ezekiel 37:7 And I prophesied as he had commanded me: and as I prophesied there was a noise, and behold a commotion: and the bones came together, each one, its joint. Ezekiel 37:8 And I saw, and behold the sinews, and the flesh came up upon them: and the skin was stretched out over them, but there was no spirit in them. Ezekiel 37:9 And he said to me: Prophesy to the spirit, prophesy, O son of man, and say to the spirit: Thus saith the Lord God: Come, spirit, from the four winds, and blow upon these slain, and let them live again. Ezekiel 37:10 And I prophesied as he had commanded me: and the spirit came into them, and they lived: and they stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

the dead hope of Israel is revived.

Ezekiel 37:11 And he said to me: Son of man: All these bones are the house of Israel: they say: Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost, and we are cut off. Ezekiel 37:12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them: Thus saith the Lord God: Behold I will open your graves, and will bring you out of your sepulchres, O my people: and will bring you into the land of Israel. Ezekiel 37:13 And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall have opened your sepulchres, and shall have brought you out of your graves, O my people: Ezekiel 37:14 And shall have put my spirit in you, and you shall live, and I shall make you rest upon your own land: and you shall know that I the Lord have spoken, and done it, saith the Lord God:

By the uniting of two sticks,

Ezekiel 37:15 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying: Ezekiel 37:16 And thou son of man, take thee a stick: and write upon it: Of Juda, and of the children of Israel his associates: and take another stick and write upon it: For Joseph the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel, and of his associates. Ezekiel 37:17 And join them one to the other into one stick, and they shall become one in thy hand.

is shewed the incorporation of Israel into Judah.

Ezekiel 37:18 And when the children of thy people shall speak to thee, saying: Wilt thou not tell us what thou meanest by this? Ezekiel 37:19 Say to 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 that are associated with him, and I will put them together with the stick of Juda, and will make them one stick: and they shall be one in his hand.

The promises of Christ's Kingdom.

Ezekiel 37:20 And the sticks whereon thou hast written, shall be in thy hand, before their eyes. Ezekiel 37:21 And thou shalt say to them: Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will take of the children of Israel from the midst of the nations whither they are gone: and I will gather them on every side, and will bring them to their own land. Ezekiel 37:22 And I will make them one nation in the land on the mountains of Israel, and one king shall be king over them all: and they shall no more be two nations, neither shall they be divided any more into two kingdoms. Ezekiel 37:23 Nor shall they be defiled any more with their idols, nor with their abominations, nor with all their iniquities: and I will save them out of all the places in which they have sinned, and I will cleanse them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. Ezekiel 37:24 And my servant David shall be king over them, and they shall have one shepherd: they shall walk in my judgments, and shall keep my commandments, and shall do them. Ezekiel 37:25 And they shall dwell in the land which I gave to my servant Jacob, wherein your fathers dwelt, and they shall dwell in it, they and their children, and their children's children, for ever: and David my servant shall be their prince for ever. Ezekiel 37:26 And I will make a covenant of peace with them, it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will establish them, and will multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for ever. Ezekiel 37:27 And my tabernacle shall be with them: and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Ezekiel 37:28 And the nations shall know that I am the Lord the sanctifier of Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for ever.

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