12 He will lift up a banner for the nations
and gather the dispersed of Israel;(A)
he will collect the scattered of Judah
from the four corners of the earth.(B)
13 Ephraim’s envy will cease;(C)
Judah’s harassing will end.
Ephraim will no longer be envious of Judah,
and Judah will not harass Ephraim.

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In those days and at that time—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
the Israelites and Judeans will come together,(A)
weeping as they come,
and will seek the Lord their God.(B)
They will ask about Zion,
turning their faces to this road.
They will come and join themselves[a] to the Lord
in a permanent covenant(C) that will never be forgotten.

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Footnotes

  1. 50:5 LXX; MT reads Come and join yourselves

The Reunification of Israel

15 The word of the Lord came to me: 16 “Son of man, take a single stick and write on it:(A) Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him. Then take another stick and write on it: Belonging to Joseph—the stick of Ephraim—and all the house of Israel associated with him.(B) 17 Then join them together into a single stick so that they become one in your hand.(C) 18 When your people ask you, ‘Won’t you explain to us what you mean by these things?’—(D) 19 tell them, ‘This is what the Lord God says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel associated with him, and put them together with the stick of Judah. I will make them into a single stick so that they become one in my hand.’

20 “When the sticks you have written on are in your hand and in full view of the people,(E) 21 tell them, ‘This is what the Lord God says: I am going to take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone.(F) I will gather them from all around and bring them into their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land,(G) on the mountains of Israel, and one king will rule over all of them.(H) They will no longer be two nations and will no longer be divided into two kingdoms.

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The Lord’s Love for Israel

11 When Israel was a child, I loved him,(A)
and out of Egypt I called my son.(B)

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