Ezekiel 37:15-28 NLT

15 Again a message came to me from the :
16 “Son of man, take a piece of wood and carve on it these words: ‘This represents Judah and its allied tribes.’ Then take another piece and carve these words on it: ‘This represents Ephraim and the northern tribes of Israel.’a

References for Ezekiel 37:16

    • 37:16 - Hebrew This is Ephraim’s wood, representing Joseph and all the house of Israel; similarly in 37:19 .
      17 Now hold them together in your hand as if they were one piece of wood.
      18 When your people ask you what your actions mean,
      19 say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign says: I will take Ephraim and the northern tribes and join them to Judah. I will make them one piece of wood in my hand.’
      20 “Then hold out the pieces of wood you have inscribed, so the people can see them.
      21 And give them this message from the Sovereign : I will gather the people of Israel from among the nations. I will bring them home to their own land from the places where they have been scattered.
      22 I will unify them into one nation on the mountains of Israel. One king will rule them all; no longer will they be divided into two nations or into two kingdoms.
      23 They will never again pollute themselves with their idolsb and vile images and rebellion, for I will save them from their sinful apostasy.c I will cleanse them. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God.

      References for Ezekiel 37:23

        • 37:23 - The Hebrew term (literally round things ) probably alludes to dung.
        • 37:23 - As in many Hebrew manuscripts and Greek version; Masoretic Text reads from all their dwelling places where they sinned.
          24 “My servant David will be their king, and they will have only one shepherd. They will obey my regulations and be careful to keep my decrees.
          25 They will live in the land I gave my servant Jacob, the land where their ancestors lived. They and their children and their grandchildren after them will live there forever, generation after generation. And my servant David will be their prince forever.
          26 And I will make a covenant of peace with them, an everlasting covenant. I will give them their land and increase their numbers,d and I will put my Temple among them forever.

          References for Ezekiel 37:26

            • 37:26 - Hebrew reads I will give them and increase their numbers; Greek version lacks the entire phrase.
              27 I will make my home among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
              28 And when my Temple is among them forever, the nations will know that I am the , who makes Israel holy.”