The word of the LORDcame again to me saying,
"And you, son of man, take for yourself 1onestick and write on it, 'For 2Judah and for the sons of Israel, his companions '; then takeanotherstick and write on it, 'For 3Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and all the house of Israel, his companions.'
"Then 4join them for yourself one to another into onestick, that they may becomeone in your hand.
18"When the sons of your peoplespeak to you saying, 'Will you not declare to us 5what you mean by these ?'
19say to them, 'Thussays the LordGOD, "Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions ; and I will put them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them onestick, and they will be one in My hand."'
"The sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes.
21"Say to them, 'Thussays the LordGOD, "Behold, I will 6take the sons of Israel from among the nationswhere they have gone, and I will gather them from everyside and bring them into their own land ;
and I will make them 7onenation in the land, on the mountains of Israel ; and 8oneking will be king for all of them; and they will nolonger be twonations and nolonger be divided into twokingdoms.
"They will 9nolongerdefile themselves with their idols, or with their detestablethings, or with any of their transgressions ; but 10I will deliver them from all their adwellingplaces in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. And they will be My people, and I will be their God.
"My servant11David will be kingover them, and they will allhave12oneshepherd ; and they will walk in My ordinances and keep My statutes and observe them.
"They will live on the land that I gave to Jacob My servant, in which your fatherslived ; and they will live on it, they, and their sons and their sons'sons, forever ; and 13David My servant will be their princeforever.
"I will make a 14covenant of peace with them; it will be an 15everlastingcovenant with them. And I will bplace them and 16multiply them, and will set My 17sanctuary in their midstforever.
"My 18dwellingplace also will be with them; and 19I will be their God, and they will be My people.
"And the nations will know that I am the LORD20who sanctifiesIsrael, when My sanctuary is in their midstforever.""'