I Will Be Their God, They Shall Be My People 15
The word of the LORD came to me:
"Son of man, 2
take a stick and write on it, 'For 3
Judah, and 4
the people of Israel associated with him'; then take another stick and write on it, 'For 5
Joseph (the stick of 6
Ephraim) and all the house of Israel associated with him.'
join them one to another into one stick, that 8
they may become 9
one in your hand.
And when 10
your people say to you, 11
'Will you not tell us what you mean by these?'
say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am about to take 12
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 13
stick of Judah, and 14
make them one stick, 15
that they may be one in my hand.
When the sticks on which you write are in your hand 16
before their eyes,
then say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, 17
I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and 18
bring them to their own land.
I will make them one nation in the land, on 20
the mountains of Israel. And 21
one king shall be king over them all, and they shall be no longer 22
two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms.
They shall not 24
defile themselves anymore 25
with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions. But 26
I will save them from all the backslidings in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them; and 27
they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
"My servant 28
shall be king over them, and they shall all have 30
one shepherd. 31
They shall walk in my rules and be careful to obey my statutes.
They 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 33
forever, and David my servant shall be their prince 34
I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be 36
an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land and 37
multiply them, and will 38
set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore.
My dwelling place shall be with them, 40
and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
the nations will know that 42
I am the LORD who sanctifies Israel, when 43
my sanctuary is in their midst forevermore."