Fifth Sunday in Lent A
1 The handA of the LordB cameC upon me,
and he brought me outD by the spiritE of the Lord and set me downF
in the middleG of a valley;H it was fullI of bones.J
2 He ledK me all aroundL them;M
there were veryN manyO lying inP the valley,
andQ they were very dry.R 3 He said to me, “Mortal,S can these bones live?”T
I answered, “O LordU God,V you know.”W
4 Then he said to me, “ProphesyX to these bones and say to them: O dry bones, hearY the wordZ of the Lord.AA
5 Thus says the LordBB GodCC to these bones:DD I will cause breathEE to enterFF you, and you shall live.
6 I will layGG sinewsHH on you and will cause fleshII to comeJJ upon you
and coverKK you with skinLL and putMM breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”NN
7 So I prophesied as I had been commanded,OO and as I prophesied, suddenlyPP there wasQQ a noise,RR a rattling,SS and the bones came together,TT bone to its bone.
8 I looked,UU andVV there were sinews on them, and flesh had comeWW upon them, and skin had covered them,XX but there was no breath in them.
9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the LordYY God:ZZ ComeAAA from the fourBBB winds,CCC O breath, and breatheDDD upon these slain,EEE that they may live.”
10 I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath cameFFF into them, and they lived and stoodGGG on their feet,HHH a vastIII multitude.JJJ
11 Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the wholeKKK houseLLL of Israel.MMM
TheyNNN say, ‘Our bones are dried up,OOO and our hopePPP is lost;QQQ we are cut offRRR completely.’
12 ThereforeSSS prophesy and say to them: Thus says the LordTTT God:UUU, VVV
I am going to openWWW your gravesXXX and bring you upYYY from your graves, O my people,ZZZ and I will bringAAAA you back to the landBBBB of Israel.
13 And you shall know that I am the LordCCCC when I open your graves and bring you up from your graves, O my people. 14 I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will placeDDDD you on your own soil;EEEE
then you shall know that I, the Lord,FFFF have spokenGGGG and will act,HHHH saysIIII the Lord.”JJJJ
Image credit: Evangelical Kreuzkirche Wiedenest in Bergneustadt. Photo by Frank Vincentz, 2012.