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."

New Heart English Bible
He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" I answered, "Lord GOD, you know."

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

JPS Tanakh 1917
And He said unto me: 'Son of man, can these bones live?' And I answered: 'O Lord GOD, Thou knowest.'

New American Standard 1977
And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, Thou knowest.”

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.'
Study Bible
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, I am He, And there is no god besides Me; It is I who put to death and give life. I have wounded and it is I who heal, And there is no one who can deliver from My hand.

1 Samuel 2:6
"The LORD kills and makes alive; He brings down to Sheol and raises up.

Ezekiel 26:19
For thus says the Lord GOD, "When I make you a desolate city, like the cities which are not inhabited, when I bring up the deep over you and the great waters cover you,

Ezekiel 37:2
He 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.
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; …

(3) Can these bones live?--The question is put to the prophet in order to emphasise the human impossibility of that which is immediately brought about by the Divine omnipotence. (Comp. Matthew 9:5-6.) It was precisely this teaching which the people needed. As they had formerly refused to believe his announcements of impending judgment, so now that this had come, they were utterly incredulous in regard to his declarations of future blessing. It seemed to them impossible, and what they needed to be taught was that "what is impossible with man is possible with God."

Thou knowest.--The prophet sees the natural impossibility, yet perceives that there must be some deeper reason for the question, and therefore replies in these words. It may be, too, that the question thus asked, before its object is suggested, connected itself in his mind with the thought of the literal resurrection of the dead and the difficulties it suggests.

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). 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. 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).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.
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