37:1 The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he brought me
out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a
valley; it was full of bones.
He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the
valley, and they were very dry.
He said to me, "Mortal, can these bones live?" I
answered, "O Lord GOD, you know."
Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to
them: O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: I will cause breath to
enter you, and you shall live.
I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you,
and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall
live; and you shall know that I am the LORD."
So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied,
suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came
together, bone to its bone.
I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon
them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them.
Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy,
mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from
the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they
I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them,
and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.
Then he said to me, "Mortal, these bones are the whole house
of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up, and our hope is
lost; we are cut off completely.'
Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: I am
going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my
people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel.
And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves,
and bring you up from your graves, O my people.
I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will
place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the LORD,
have spoken and will act," says the LORD.
130:1 Out of the depths
I cry to you, O LORD.
Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my
If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the
morning, more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast
love, and with him is great power to redeem.
It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.
8:6 To set the mind on
the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and
For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to
God; it does not submit to God's law-- indeed it cannot,
and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the
Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit
of Christ does not belong to him.
But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin,
the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal
bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.
11:1 Now a certain man
was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister
Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his
feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill.
So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, "Lord, he whom you
love is ill."
But when Jesus heard it, he said, "This illness does not lead
to death; rather it is for God's glory, so that the Son of God may
be glorified through it."
Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus,
after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer
in the place where he was.
Then after this he said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea
The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just now
trying to stone you, and are you going there again?"
Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight?
Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the
light of this world.
But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in
After saying this, he told them, "Our friend Lazarus has
fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him."
The disciples said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he
will be all right."
Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they
thought that he was referring merely to sleep.
Then Jesus told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead.
For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe.
But let us go to him."
Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples,
"Let us also go, that we may die with him."
When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the
tomb four days.
Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away,
and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them
about their brother.
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him,
while Mary stayed at home.
Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother
would not have died.
But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of
Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the
resurrection on the last day."
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those
who believe in me, even though they die, will live,
and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you
She said to him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the
Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world."
When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary,
and told her privately, "The Teacher is here and is calling
And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him.
Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the
place where Martha had met him.
The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary
get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought
that she was going to the tomb to weep there.
When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet
and said to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother
would not have died."
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also
weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved.
He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him,
"Lord, come and see."
Jesus began to weep.
So the Jews said, "See how he loved him!"
But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of
the blind man have kept this man from dying?"
Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a
cave, and a stone was lying against it.
Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of
the dead man, said to him, "Lord, already there is a stench
because he has been dead four days."
Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed,
you would see the glory of God?"
So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said,
"Father, I thank you for having heard me.
I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake
of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent
When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus,
The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of
cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them,
"Unbind him, and let him go."
Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen
what Jesus did, believed in him.