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The Prophets of The Exile
(Category 10 of 16)
The Dry Bones Live
1 The ahand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out bin the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones.
2 Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry.
3 And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord GOD, aYou know.”
4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!
5 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: “Surely I will acause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.
6 “I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. aThen you shall know that I am the LORD.” ’ ”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone.
8 Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.
9 Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the 1breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: a“Come from the four
CHAPTER 37 References
1 aEzek. 1:3
3 a[1 Sam. 2:6] 5 aPs. 104:29,
6 aJoel 2:27;
9 a[Ps. 104:30] 1Breath of life
10 aRev. 11:11
1Breath of life
12 aIs. 26:19;
16 aNum. 17:2,
3 b2 Chr.
11:12, 13, 16;
15:9; 30:11, 18
17 aHos. 1:11
18 aEzek. 12:9;
19 aZech. 10:6
20 aEzek. 12:3
22 aJer. 3:18
winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” ’ ”
10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, aand 1breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
11 Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the awhole house of Israel. They indeed say, b‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’
12 “Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, aO My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bbring you into the land of Israel.
13 “Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves.
14 “I awill put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken it and performed it,” says the LORD.’ ”
One Kingdom, One King
15 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
16 “As for you, son of man, atake a stick for yourself and write on it: ‘For and for bthe children of Israel, his companions.’ Then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel, his companions.’
17 “Then ajoin them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand.
18 “And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, a‘Will you not show us what you mean by these?’—
19 a“say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Surely I will take bthe stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of , and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.” ’
20 “And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand abefore their eyes.
21 “Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Surely aI will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land;
22 “and aI will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and bone king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again.
23 a“They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with
any of their transgressions; but bI will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
24 a“David My servant shall be king over them, and bthey shall all have one shepherd; cthey shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them.
25 a“Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children’s children, bforever; and cMy servant David shall be their prince forever.
26 “Moreover I will 1make aa covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and bmultiply them, and I will set My csanctuary in their midst forevermore.
27 a“My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be btheir God, and they shall be My people.
28 a“The nations also will know that I, the LORD, bsanctify Israel,when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.” ’ ”
Gog and Allies Attack Israel
1 Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
2 a“Son of man, bset your face against cGog, of the land of dMagog, 1the prince of Rosh, eMeshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
3 “and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.
4 a“I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and blead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, call splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.
5 “Persia, 1Ethiopia, and 2Libya are with them, all of them with and helmet;
6 a“Gomer and all its troops; the house of bTogarmah from the far north and all its troops—many people are with you.
7 a“Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them.
8 a“After many days byou will be visited. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword cand gathered from many people on dthe mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them edwell safely.
9 “You will ascend, coming alike a storm, covering the bland like a cloud, you and all your troops and many peoples with you.”
26 aIs. 55:3
c[2 Cor. 6:16] 1Lit. cut
27 a[John 1:14] bEzek. 11:20
CHAPTER 38 References
2 aEzek. 39:1
bEzek. 35:2, 3
chief prince of
4 a2 Kin. 19:28
5 1Heb. Cush
6 aGen. 10:2
7 aIs. 8:9, 10
8 aIs. 24:22 bIs.
36:1, 4 eEzek.
9 aIs. 28:2 bJer.
11 aZech. 2:4
12 aEzek. 38:8
dEzek. 19:3, 5
14 aIs. 4:1
15 aEzek. 39:2
35:11 b Ezek.
19 aEzek. 36:5,
6 bPs. 89:46
20 aHos. 4:3
21 aPs. 105:16
c1 Sam. 14:20
10 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan:
11 “You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of aunwalled villages; I will bgo to a peaceful people, cwho dwell 1safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’—
12 “to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, aand against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land.
13 a“Sheba, bDedan, the merchants cof Tarshish, and all dtheir young lions will say to you, ‘Have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder?’ ” ’
14 “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: a“On that day when My people Israel bdwell safely, will you not know it?
15 a“Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army.
16 “You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may aknow Me, when I am bhallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes.”
17 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Are you he of whom I have spoken in former days by My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied for years in those days that I would bring you against them?
Judgment on Gog
18 “And it will come to pass at the same time,when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says the Lord GOD, “that My fury will show in My face.
19 “For ain My jealousy band in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: c‘Surely in that day there shall be a great 1earthquake in the land of Israel,
20 ‘so that athe fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. bThe mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.’
21 “I will acall for ba sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,” says the Lord GOD. c“Every man’s sword will be against his brother.
22 “And I will abring him to judgment with bpestilence and bloodshed; cI will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, dgreat hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
23 “Thus I will magnify Myself and asanctify Myself, band I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.” ’
Gog’s Armies Destroyed
1 “And ayou, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, 1the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal;
2 “and I will aturn you around and lead you on, bbringing you up from the far north, and bring you against the mountains of Israel.
3 “Then I will knock the bow out of your left hand, and cause the arrows to fall out of your right hand.
4 a“You shall 1fall upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the peoples who are with you; bI will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 “You shall 1fall on 2the open field; for I have spoken,” says the Lord GOD.
6 a“And I will send fire on Magog and on those who live 1in security in bthe coastlands. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 a“So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel, and I will not let them bprofane My holy name anymore. cThen the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
8 a“Surely it is coming, and it shall be done,” says the Lord GOD. “This is the day bof which I have spoken.
9 “Then those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go out and set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and bucklers, the bows and arrows, the 1javelins and spears; and they will make fires with them for seven years.
10 “They will not take wood from the field nor cut down any from the forests, because they will make fires with the weapons; aand they will plunder those who plundered them, and pillage those who pillaged them,” says the Lord GOD.
The Burial of Gog
11 “It will come to pass in that day that I will give Gog a burial place there in Israel, the valley of those who pass by east of the sea; and it will obstruct travelers, because there they will bury Gog and all his multitude. Therefore they will call it the Valley of 1Hamon Gog.
12 “For seven months the house of
22 aIs. 66:16
cPs. 11:6 dRev.
CHAPTER 39 References
1 aEzek. 38:2,
chief prince of
2 aEzek. 38:8
4 aEzek. 38:4,
5 1Be slain
2Lit. the face
of the field
6 aAmos 1:4,
7, 10 bPs.
7 aEzek. 39:25
8 aRev. 16:17;
9 1Lit. hand
10 aIs. 14:2;
11 1Lit. The
13 aZeph. 3:19,
17 aRev. 19:17,
18 bIs. 18:6
18 aRev. 19:18
20 aPs. 76:5, 6
22 aEx. 39:7,
bIs. 1:15; 59:2
Israel will be burying them, ain order to cleanse the land.
13 “Indeed all the people of the land will be burying, and they will gain arenown for it on the day that bI am glorified,” says the Lord GOD.
14 “They will set apart men regularly employed, with the help of 1a search party, to pass through the land and bury those bodies remaining on the ground, in order ato cleanse it. At the end of seven months they will make a search.
15 “The search party will pass through the land; and when anyone sees a man’s bone, he shall 1set up a marker by it, till the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hamon Gog.
16 “The name of the city will also be 1Hamonah. Thus they shall acleanse the land.” ’
A Triumphant Festival
17 “And as for you, son of man, thus says the Lord GOD, a‘Speak to every sort of bird and to every beast of the field:
b“Assemble yourselves and come; Gather together from all sides to My csacrificial meal Which I am sacrificing for you, A great sacrificial meal don the mountains of Israel, That you may eat flesh and drink blood.
18 aYou shall eat the flesh of the mighty, Drink the blood of the princes of the earth, Of rams and lambs, Of goats and bulls, All of them bfatlings of Bashan.
19 You shall eat fat till you are full, And drink blood till you are drunk, At My sacrificial meal Which I am sacrificing for you.
20 aYou shall be filled at My table With horses and riders, bWith mighty men And with all the men of war,” says the Lord GOD.
Israel Restored to the Land
21 a“I will set My glory among the nations; all the nations shall see My judgment which I have executed, and bMy hand which I have laid on them.
22 a“So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day forward.
23 a“The Gentiles shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity; because they were unfaithful to Me, therefore bI hid My face from them. I cgave them into the hand of their enemies, and they all fell by the sword.
24 a“According to their unclean-
ness and according to their transgressions I have dealt with them, and hidden My face from them.” ’
25 “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: a‘Now I will bring back the captives of Jacob, and have mercy on the bwhole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name—
26 a‘after they have borne their shame, and all their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, when they bdwelt safely in their own land and no one made them afraid.
27 a‘When I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and I bam hallowed in them in the sight of many nations,
28 a‘then they shall know that I am the LORD their God, who sent them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their land, and left none of them 1captive any longer.
29 a‘And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have bpoured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says the Lord GOD.”
25 aIs. 27:12,
13; Jer. 30:3,
26 aDan. 9:16
bLev. 26:5, 6
29 aIs. 54:8, 9
Yearning for God in the Midst of Distresses
To the Chief Musician. A 1Contemplation of the sons of Korah.
1 AS the deer 1pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.
2 aMy soul thirsts for God, for the bliving God. When shall I come and 1appear before God?
3 aMy tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, b“Where is your God?”
4 When I remember these things, aI pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; bI went with them to the house of God, With the voice of joy and praise, With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.
5 aWhy are you 1cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? bHope in God, for I shall yet praise Him 2For the help of His countenance.
PSALM 42 References
1 1Lit. longs
2 aPs. 63:1;
[Jer. 10:10] bRom. 9:26;
1 Thess. 1:9
1So with MT,
LXX, Syr., Tg.
I see the face
3 aPs. 80:5;
Joel 2:17; Mic.
4 a1 Sam. 1:15;
4 bIs. 30:29
5 aPs. 42:11;
2So with MT,
Tg.; a few
The help of
6 1So with
MT, Tg.; a few
put my God at
the end of v. 5
7 aPs. 69:1, 2;
8 aDeut. 28:8
9 aPs. 38:6
10 aJoel 2:17
11 aPs. 43:5
7 Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; aAll Your waves and billows have gone over me.
8 The LORD will acommand His lovingkindness in the daytime, And bin the night His song shall be with me— A prayer to the God of my life.
9 I will say to God my Rock, a“Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As with a 1breaking of my bones, My enemies 2reproach me, aWhile they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
11 aWhy are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The 1help of my countenance and my God.
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