16“Son of man, take a stick4 and write on it, ‘For Judah, and the people of Israel associated with him’; then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph (the stick of Ephraim) and all the house of Israel associated with him.’
17And join them one to another into one stick, that they may become one in your hand.
18And when your people say to you, ‘Will you not tell us what you mean by these?’
19say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am about to take the stick of Joseph (that is in the hand of Ephraim) and the tribes of Israel associated with him. And I will join with it the stick of Judah,5 and make them one stick, that they may be one in my hand.
20When the sticks on which you write are in your hand before their eyes,
21then say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land.
22And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. And one king shall be king over them all, and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms.
23They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions. But I will save them from all the backslidings6 in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
24“My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall walk in my rules and be careful to obey my statutes.
25They shall dwell in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children shall dwell there forever, and David my servant shall be their prince forever.
26I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land7 and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore.
27My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
28Then the nations will know that I am the Lord who sanctifies Israel, when my sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.”
1 Or plain; also verse 2
2 Or spirit; also verses 6, 9, 10
3 Or an earthquake (compare 3:12, 13)
4 Or one piece of wood; also verses 17, 19, 20
5 Hebrew And I will place them on it, the stick of Judah
6 Many Hebrew manuscripts; other Hebrew manuscripts dwellings