The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleEzekiel 37:9
Then said he unto me, prophesy unto the wind…
had been prophesying to the bones, and over them; and something was
done, but not to purpose, breath being wanting; wherefore he is bid to
prophesy a second time, and that not to bones, but to the "wind",
afterwards rendered "breath"; and may allude to the soul or breath of
man reentering the body, as at a resurrection, which causes it to
live: it signifies the "spirit" F24, for the same word is used for the
wind, for breath, and for the spirit; and in the mystical sense may be
applied to the Spirit of God: and if ever ministers prophesy or preach
to purpose, it must be with a view to the Spirit of God, both to assist
them in their work, and to make their ministrations effectual; without
which, how many formal professors soever may be made, not one dead
sinner will be quickened. The Syriac and Arabic versions render it,
"concerning the Spirit": and to discourse concerning the person,
operations, and grace of the Spirit, is one part of the Gospel
ministry, and a means of the conversion of sinners.
Prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind;
ministers must not only
preach, but they must pray for the Spirit to accompany the word with
his power, and make it the savour of life unto life:
thus saith the Lord, come from the four winds, O breath;
because the Jews were to be brought from each of the parts where they
were, as they will be at their conversion in the latter day; and so the
Lord has a people in each of the parts of the world, that lie dead in
sin, and must be quickened by the Spirit:
and breathe upon these slain, that they may live;
though not slain with
the sword, yet being as dead men, who are slain by death, are so
called: so in a spiritual sense men are slain by sin, and are slain by
the words of the Lord's mouth; killed with the law, the killing letter;
and it is only the Spirit of God that can give them life; and the
breath or spirit here is applied to the Spirit of the Messiah by the
ancient Jews F25.
F24 (xwrh) "ad spiritum", Pagninus, Montanus, Cocceius, Starckius;
"alloquens spiritum", Junius & Tremellius, Polanus.
F25 Zohar in Nunb. fol. 92. 1.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Ezekiel 37:9". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=eze&chapter=037&verse=009>. 1999.