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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision
37 The hand of Jehovah proved to be upon me,+ so that he brought me forth in the spirit* of Jehovah+ and set me down in the midst of the valley plain, and it was full of bones.+ 2 And he had me pass along by them all round about, and, look! there were very many on the surface of the valley plain and, look! they were very dry.+ 3 And he began to say to me: “Son of man, can these bones come to life?” To that I said: “Sovereign Lord Jehovah, you yourself well know.”+ 4 And he went on to say to me: “Prophesy over these bones, and you must say to them, ‘O YOU dry bones, hear the word of Jehovah: 5 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said to these bones: “Here I am bringing into YOU breath,* and YOU must come to life.+ 6 And I will put upon YOU sinews and cause to come upon YOU flesh, and I will overlay upon YOU skin and put in YOU breath, and YOU must come to life;+ and YOU will have to know that I am Jehovah.”’”+ 7 And I prophesied just as I had been commanded.+ And a sound began to occur as soon as I prophesied, and here there was a rattling, and bones began to approach, bone to its bone. 8 And I saw, and, look! upon them sinews themselves and flesh itself came up and skin began to be overlaid upon them above. But as regards breath, there was none in them. 9 And he went on saying to me: “Prophesy to the wind.* Prophesy, O son of man, and you must say to the wind, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said: “From the four winds come in, O wind, and blow upon these killed+ people, that they may come to life.”’”+ 10 And I prophesied just as he had commanded me, and the breath proceeded to come into them, and they began to live and stand upon their feet,+ a very, very great military force. 11 And he went on to say to me: “Son of man, as regards these bones, they are the whole house of Israel.+ Here they are saying, ‘Our bones have become dry, and our hope has perished.+ We have been severed off to ourselves.’ 12 Therefore prophesy, and you must say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said: “Here I am opening YOUR burial places,+ and I will bring YOU up out of YOUR burial places, O my people, and bring YOU in upon the soil of Israel.+ 13 And YOU will have to know that I am Jehovah when I open YOUR burial places and when I bring YOU up out of YOUR burial places, O my people.”’+ 14 ‘And I will put my spirit* in YOU, and YOU must come to life,+ and I will settle YOU upon YOUR soil; and YOU will have to know that I myself, Jehovah, have spoken and I have done [it],’ is the utterance of Jehovah.”+ 15 And the word of Jehovah continued to occur to me, saying: 16 “And as for you, O son of man, take for yourself a stick+ and write upon it, ‘For Judah and for the sons of Israel his partners.’*+ And take another stick and write upon it, ‘For Joseph, the stick of E′phra·im,+ and all the house of Israel his partners.’+ 17 And cause them to approach each other into one stick for yourself, and they will actually become just one in your hand.+ 18 And when the sons of your people begin to say to you, ‘Will you not tell us what these things mean to you?’+ 19 speak to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said: “Here I am taking the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of E′phra·im, and the tribes of Israel his partners, and I will put them upon it, that is,* the stick of Judah, and I shall actually make them one stick,+ and they must become one in my hand.”’ 20 And the sticks upon which you write must prove to be in your hand before their eyes.+ 21 “And speak to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said: “Here I am taking the sons of Israel from among the nations to which they have gone, and I will collect them together from round about and bring them onto their soil.+ 22 And I shall actually make them one nation in the land,+ on the mountains of Israel, and one king is what all of them will come to have as king,+ and they will no longer continue to be two nations, nor will they be divided any longer into two kingdoms.+ 23 And they will no longer defile themselves with their dungy idols and with their disgusting things and with all their transgressions;+ and I shall certainly save them from all their dwelling places* in which they have sinned, and I will cleanse them,+ and they must become my people, and I myself shall become their God.*+ 24 “‘“And my servant David will be king over them,+ and one shepherd is what they will all come to have;+ and in my judicial decisions they will walk,+ and my statutes they will keep,+ and they will certainly carry them out.+ 25 And they will actually dwell upon the land that I gave to my servant, to Jacob, in which YOUR forefathers dwelt,+ and they will actually dwell upon it,+ they and their sons and their sons’ sons to time indefinite,+ and David my servant will be their chieftain* to time indefinite.+ 26 “‘“And I will conclude with them a covenant of peace;+ an indefinitely lasting covenant is what there will come to be with them.+ And I will place them and multiply them+ and place my sanctuary in the midst of them to time indefinite.+ 27 And my tabernacle will actually prove to be over them,+ and I shall certainly become their God, and they themselves will become my people.+ 28 And the nations will have to know that I, Jehovah,+ am sanctifying Israel when my sanctuary comes to be in the midst of them to time indefinite.”’”+
^ “My spirit.” Heb., ru·chi′.
^ “Partners,” MmarginTLXXSyVg; M, “partner.”
^ “That is.” Or, “with.”
^ “Acts of lawlessness,” LXX; Sym, “apostasies.”
^ Lit., “to them for God.” Heb., la·hem′ lEʼ·lo·him′.
^ Or, “nasi.” Heb., na·siʼ′; Gr., ar′khon; Lat., prin′ceps.