As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.
As He spoke to me the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet; and I heard Him speaking to me.
The Spirit came into me as he spoke and set me on my feet. I listened carefully to his words.
The moment I heard the voice, the Spirit entered me and put me on my feet. As he spoke to me, I listened.
And at his words the spirit came into me and put me on my feet; and his voice came to my ears.
And when he spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet; and I heard him speaking to me.
Then the Spirit entered me when He spoke to me, and set me on my feet; and I heard Him who spoke to me.
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1 tc The phrase “as he spoke to me” is absent from the LXX.
2 tn Or “spirit.” NIV has “the Spirit,” but the absence of the article in the Hebrew text makes this unlikely. Elsewhere in Ezekiel the Lord’s Spirit is referred to as “the Spirit of the Lord” (11:5; 37:1), “the Spirit of God” (11:24), or “my (that is, the Lord’s) Spirit” (36:27; 37:14; 39:29). Some identify the “spirit” of 2:2 as the spirit that energized the living beings, however, that “spirit” is called “the spirit” (1:12, 20) or “the spirit of the living beings” (1:20-21; 10:17). Still others see the term as referring to an impersonal “spirit” of strength or courage, that is, the term may also be understood as a disposition or attitude. The Hebrew word often refers to a wind in Ezekiel (1:4; 5:10, 12; 12:4; 13:11, 13; 17:10, 21; 19:12; 27:26; 37:9). In 37:5-10 a “breath” originates in the “four winds” and is associated with the Lord’s life-giving breath (see v. 14). This breath enters into the dry bones and gives them life. In a similar fashion the breath of 2:2 (see also 3:24) energizes paralyzed Ezekiel. Breath and wind are related. On the one hand it is a more normal picture to think of breath rather than wind entering someone, but since wind represents an external force it seems more likely for wind rather than breath to stand someone up (unless we should understand it as a disposition). It may be that one should envision the breath of the speaker moving like a wind to revive Ezekiel, helping him to regain his breath and invigorating him to stand. A wind also transports the prophet from one place to another (3:12, 14; 8:3; 11:1, 24; 43:5).