One Kingdom, One King

15 Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 16 “As for you, son of man, (A)take a stick for yourself and write on it: ‘For Judah and for (B)the children of Israel, his companions.’ Then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel, his companions.’ 17 Then (C)join them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand.

18 “And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, (D)‘Will you not show us what you mean by these?’— 19 (E)say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Surely I will take (F)the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.” ’ 20 And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand (G)before their eyes.

21 “Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Surely (H)I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; 22 and (I)I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and (J)one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again.

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