Ezekiel 37:4
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New International Version
Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones and say to them, 'Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!

New Living Translation
Then he said to me, "Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, 'Dry bones, listen to the word of the LORD!

English Standard Version
Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
Again He said to me, "Prophesy over these bones and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.'

King James Bible
Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He said to me, "Prophesy concerning these bones and say to them: Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!

International Standard Version
Then the LORD told me, "Prophesy to these bones. Tell them: 'You dry bones, listen to the message from the LORD: "

NET Bible
Then he said to me, "Prophesy over these bones, and tell them: 'Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones. Tell them, 'Dry bones, listen to the word of the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones hear the word of the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
Again he said unto me, Prophesy to these bones, and say unto them, O you dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

American King James Version
Again he said to me, Prophesy on these bones, and say to them, O you dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

American Standard Version
Again he said unto me, Prophesy over these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of Jehovah.

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

Darby Bible Translation
And he said unto me, Prophesy over these bones, and say unto them, Ye dry bones, hear the word of Jehovah.

English Revised Version
Again he said unto me, Prophesy over these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
Again he said to me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say to them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

World English Bible
Again he said to me, Prophesy over these bones, and tell them, you dry bones, hear the word of Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
And He saith unto me, 'Prophesy concerning these bones, and thou hast said unto them: O dry bones, hear a word of Jehovah:
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 4. - Prophesy upon (or, over) then bones. This instruction - which shows Jehovah regarded the prophet's answer as equivalent to an admission that the revivification of the bones lay within his (Jehovah's) power - was not a mere command to predict, as in Ezekiel 6:2 and Ezekiel 11:4, but an injunction to utter the Divine word through which the miracle (of creation, as it really was) should be performed. "The significance of the command lies in the fact that it taught the prophet that he was himself to be instrumental in the great work of resuscitation. He who had been so often troubled with the sense of impotence and failure, who had heard the people say of him, 'Both he not speak parables?' who had been to them as the lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and nothing more than that, was at last to learn that the word of the Lord,' spoken by his lips, was mighty, and would not return to him void" (Plumptre).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Again he said unto me, prophesy upon these bones,.... Or, "over these bones" (t); or, "concerning these bones" (u); foretell that they shall live; tell others of it, and them also:

and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord; the word of prophecy concerning you, as the Jews did in Babylon: so unconverted sinners may be preached unto, and their lost and miserable estate in which they are, like dry bones, may be set before them: they may be called upon to attend the external ministry of the word; and they are capable of hearing it with their bodily ears; though it is not profitable to them, for want of faith, yet faith comes hereby; and therefore it is right to attend upon the means, and hear the word.

(t) "super ossa haec", Starckius. (u) "De ossibus istis", Junius & Tremellius, Polanus, Piscator.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. Prophesy—Proclaim God's quickening word to them. On account of this innate power of the divine word to effect its end, prophets are said to do that which they prophesy as about to be done (Jer 1:10).

Ezekiel 37:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Valley of Dry Bones
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.' 5"Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones, 'Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life.…
Cross References
Revelation 10:11
Then I was told, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings."

Jeremiah 22:29
O land, land, land, hear the word of the LORD!

Ezekiel 36:1
"Son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, 'Mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD.

Ezekiel 37:9
Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.'"

Ezekiel 37:12
Therefore prophesy and say to them: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel.
Treasury of Scripture

Again he said to me, Prophesy on these bones, and say to them, O you dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

Prophesy

Ezekiel 37:11,15,16 Then he said to me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of …

Numbers 20:8 Take the rod, and gather you the assembly together, you, and Aaron …

1 Kings 13:2 And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and said, …

Matthew 21:21 Jesus answered and said to them, Truly I say to you, If you have …

John 2:5 His mother said to the servants, Whatever he said to you, do it.

O ye

Ezekiel 36:1 Also, you son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel, and say, …

Isaiah 26:19 Your dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. …

Isaiah 42:18 Hear, you deaf; and look, you blind, that you may see.

Jeremiah 22:29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

Micah 6:2 Hear you, O mountains, the LORD's controversy, and you strong foundations …

John 5:25,28,29 Truly, truly, I say to you, The hour is coming, and now is, when …

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