Narrative Lectionary 414
4 Then he said to me, “ProphesyN to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hearO the wordP of the Lord. 5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones:Q I will cause breathR to enter you, and you shall live. 6 I will lay sinews on you, and will cause fleshS to come upon you, and cover you with skin,T and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
7 So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenlyU there was a noise, a rattling,V and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8 I looked, andW there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them.
9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breatheX upon these slain,Y that they may live.” 10 I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.Z
12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God:GG I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people;HH and I will bring you back to the landII of Israel. 13 And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. 14 I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spokenJJ and will act, saysKK the Lord.”
Image Credit: “Ezekiel’s Vision” depicted on an altar cloth from St. Michael’s Chapel in Freiburg, Germany.