“When your people ask you, ‘Won’t you tell us what you mean by this?’
References for Ezekiel 37:18
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. I will make them into a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.’
References for Ezekiel 37:19
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.
References for Ezekiel 37:21
I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms.
References for Ezekiel 37:22
They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.
References for Ezekiel 37:23
“ ‘My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees.
References for Ezekiel 37:24
They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, the land where your ancestors lived. They and their children and their children’s children will live there forever, and David my servant will be their prince forever.
References for Ezekiel 37:25
I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever.
References for Ezekiel 37:26
My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people.
References for Ezekiel 37:27
Then the nations will know that I the LORD make Israel holy, when my sanctuary is among them forever.’ ”
References for Ezekiel 37:28