"Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, 'Belonging to Judah and the Israelites1 associated with him.2' Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, 'Ephraim's stick, belonging to Joseph and all the house of Israel associated with him.'
say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph--which is in Ephraim's hand--and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah's stick, making them a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.'5
Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on
and say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land.6
They will no longer defile9 themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding,a10 and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.11
They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, the land where your fathers lived.16 They and their children and their children's children will live there forever,17 and David my servant will be their prince forever.18