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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (EZEKIEL 37:1-14)

22 Aug

DRY BONES, HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD.
I MEAN TO RAISE YOU FROM YOUR GRAVES, HOUSE OF ISRAEL.

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.

And he led me about through them on every side: now there were very many upon the face of the plain, and they were exceedingly dry.

And he said to me: Son of man, dost thou think these bones shall live? And I answered: O Lord God, thou knowest.

And he said to me: Prophesy concerning these bones; and say to them: Ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.

Thus saith the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will send spirit into you, and you shall live.

And I will lay sinews upon you, and I 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.

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 to his joint.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 I will bring you into the land of Israel.

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:

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.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

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