Ezekiel 37:3
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New International Version
He asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" I said, "Sovereign LORD, you alone know."

New Living Translation
Then he asked me, "Son of man, can these bones become living people again?" "O Sovereign LORD," I replied, "you alone know the answer to that."

English Standard Version
And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.”

New American Standard Bible
He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" And I answered, "O Lord GOD, You know."

King James Bible
And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" I replied, "Lord GOD, only You know."

International Standard Version
The LORD asked me, "Son of Man, will these bones ever live?" "Lord GOD," I replied, "you know the answer to that!"

NET Bible
He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" I said to him, "Sovereign Lord, you know."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then he asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" I answered, "Only you know, Almighty LORD."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, you know.

American King James Version
And he said to me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, you know.

American Standard Version
And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord Jehovah, thou knowest.

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

Darby Bible Translation
And he said unto me, Son of man, Shall these bones live? And I said, Lord Jehovah, thou knowest.

English Revised Version
And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said to me, Son of man, can these bones live? and I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.

World English Bible
He said to me, Son of man, can these bones live? I answered, Lord Yahweh, you know.

Young's Literal Translation
And He saith unto me, 'Son of man, do these bones live?' And I say, 'O Lord Jehovah, Thou -- Thou hast known.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

37:1-14 No created power could restore human bones to life. God alone could cause them to live. Skin and flesh covered them, and the wind was then told to blow upon these bodies; and they were restored to life. The wind was an emblem of the Spirit of God, and represented his quickening powers. The vision was to encourage the desponding Jews; to predict both their restoration after the captivity, and also their recovery from their present and long-continued dispersion. It was also a clear intimation of the resurrection of the dead; and it represents the power and grace of God, in the conversion of the most hopeless sinners to himself. Let us look to Him who will at last open our graves, and bring us forth to judgment, that He may now deliver us from sin, and put his Spirit within us, and keep us by his power, through faith, unto salvation.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Son of man, can these bones live? Whether or not this question was directed, as Plumptre surmises, to meet despairing thoughts which had arisen in the prophet's own mind, it seems reasonable to hold, with Havernick, that the question was addressed to him as representing "ever against God the people, and certainly as to this point the natural and purely human consciousness of the same," to which Israel's restoration appeared as unlikely an occurrence as the reanimation of the withered bones that lay around. The extreme improbability, if not absolute impossibility, of the occurrence, at least to human reason and power, is perhaps pointed at in the designation "Son of man" here given to the prophet. The prophet's answer, O Lord God, thou knowest, is not to be interpreted as proving that to the prophet hitherto the thought of a resurrection had been unfamiliar, if not completely absent, or as giving a direct reply either affirmative or negative to the question proposed to him, but merely as expressing the prophet's sense of the greatness of the wonder suggested to his mind, with perhaps a latent acknowledgment that God alone had the power by which such a wonder could, and therefore alone also the knowledge whether it would, be accomplished (comp. Revelation 7:14).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he said unto me, son of man, can these bones live?.... Is there any probability of it? is there any reason to believe they shall live? can any ways and means be devised, or any methods taken, to cause them to live?

and I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest; the prophet does not pronounce at once that it was improbable and impossible; he knew indeed it was not probable, or possible, that these bones should revive of themselves; and he knew that neither he nor any creature could quicken them; but he wisely refers it to an omniscient and omnipotent God, who knew what he could and what he would do: the conversion of sinners is not of themselves, nor of ministers, but of God; it is wholly owing to his will and power, John 1:13 nothing else can make it probable, or possible.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. can these bones live? … thou knowest—implying that, humanly speaking, they could not; but faith leaves the question of possibility to rest with God, with whom nothing is impossible (De 32:39). An image of Christian faith which believes in the coming general resurrection of the dead, in spite of all appearances against it, because God has said it (Joh 5:21; Ro 4:17; 2Co 1:9).

Ezekiel 37:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Valley of Dry Bones
2He 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. 3He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" And I answered, "O Lord GOD, You know." 4Again He said to me, "Prophesy over these bones and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.'…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 15:35
But someone will ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?"

Deuteronomy 32:39
"See now that I myself am he! There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand.

1 Samuel 2:6
"The LORD brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up.

Ezekiel 26:19
"This is what the Sovereign LORD says: When I make you a desolate city, like cities no longer inhabited, and when I bring the ocean depths over you and its vast waters cover you,

Ezekiel 37:2
He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry.
Treasury of Scripture

And he said to me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, you know.

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John 6:5,6 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come …

O Lord God

Deuteronomy 32:29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would …

1 Samuel 2:6 The LORD kills, and makes alive: he brings down to the grave, and brings up.

John 5:21 For as the Father raises up the dead, and vivifies them; even so …

John 11:25,26 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes …

Acts 26:8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should …

Romans 4:17 (As it is written, I have made you a father of many nations,) before …

2 Corinthians 1:9,10 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not …

Hebrews 11:19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; …

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