Ezekiel 37:18
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New International Version
"When your people ask you, 'Won't you tell us what you mean by this?'

New Living Translation
When your people ask you what your actions mean,

English Standard Version
And when your people say to you, ‘Will you not tell us what you mean by these?’

New American Standard Bible
"When the sons of your people speak to you saying, 'Will you not declare to us what you mean by these?'

King James Bible
And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When your people ask you, 'Won't you explain to us what you mean by these things?'--

International Standard Version
When the descendants of your people ask you, 'Would you please explain to us what you mean by this?'

NET Bible
When your people say to you, 'Will you not tell us what these things mean?'

New Heart English Bible
When the children of your people shall speak to you, saying, 'Will you not show us what you mean by these?'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
'Tell us what you mean by this.'

JPS Tanakh 1917
And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying: Wilt thou not tell us what thou meanest by these?

New American Standard 1977
“And when the sons of your people speak to you saying, ‘Will you not declare to us what you mean by these?’

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when the sons of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not show us what thou meanest by these?

King James 2000 Bible
And when the children of your people shall speak unto you, saying, Will you not show us what you mean by these?

American King James Version
And when the children of your people shall speak to you, saying, Will you not show us what you mean by these?

American Standard Version
And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not show us what thou meanest by these?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when the children of thy people shall speak to thee, saying: Wilt thou not tell us what thou meanest by this?

Darby Bible Translation
And when the children of my people speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not declare unto us what thou meanest by these?

English Revised Version
And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?

Webster's Bible Translation
And when the children of thy people shall speak to thee, saying, Wilt thou not show us what thou meanest by these?

World English Bible
When the children of your people shall speak to you, saying, Will you not show us what you mean by these?

Young's Literal Translation
And when sons of thy people speak unto thee, saying, Dost thou not declare to us what these are to thee?
Study Bible
One Nation with One King
17"Then join them for yourself one to another into one stick, that they may become one in your hand. 18"When the sons of your people speak to you saying, 'Will you not declare to us what you mean by these?' 19say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will put them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand."'…
Cross References
Ezekiel 12:9
"Son of man, has not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said to you, 'What are you doing?'

Ezekiel 17:12
"Say now to the rebellious house, 'Do you not know what these things mean?' Say, 'Behold, the king of Babylon came to Jerusalem, took its king and princes and brought them to him in Babylon.

Ezekiel 20:49
Then I said, "Ah Lord GOD! They are saying of me, 'Is he not just speaking parables?'"

Ezekiel 24:19
The people said to me, "Will you not tell us what these things that you are doing mean for us?"

Ezekiel 33:2
"Son of man, speak to the sons of your people and say to them, 'If I bring a sword upon a land, and the people of the land take one man from among them and make him their watchman,

Ezekiel 37:19
say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will put them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand."'
Treasury of Scripture

And when the children of your people shall speak to you, saying, Will you not show us what you mean by these?

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Ezekiel 12:9 Son of man, has not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said …

Ezekiel 17:12 Say now to the rebellious house, Know you not what these things mean? …

Ezekiel 20:49 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Does he not speak parables?

Ezekiel 24:19 And the people said to me, Will you not tell us what these things …

Verses 18-20. - Wilt thou not show us what thou meanest by these? literally, what these (two pieces of wood) are to thee. The suggestion that such a request would be preferred to Ezekiel makes it clear he was meant to perform the symbolic action in public. That his countrymen should fail to understand this action accorded with their proverbial dullness of apprehension (comp. Ezekiel 12:9; Ezekiel 24:19). In explanation, the prophet was enjoined to say unto them, while holding the sticks in his hand, that just as he had made the sticks one in his hand, so would God make one in his hand the two kingdoms symbolized by the sticks. The union of the sticks was to be Ezekiel's work (ver. 17, "in thy hand"); the union of the kingdoms should be Jehovah's (ver. 19, "in my hand"). The separation of the kingdoms had been Ephraim's doing ("in the hand of Ephraim"); their combination should be God's ("in my hand"). Their severance had been effected, on the part of Ephraim, by an unlawful breaking off from the house of Judah, and the establishment of an independent kingdom; their unification should be brought about by the putting down of Ephraim, and the confirming of the crown rights of Judah. The translation, And will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, signifying "And will put the tribes of Israel with him." i.e. the tribe of Judah, supported by the LXX., and preferred by Ewald, Smend, and others, is superior to that of the Revised Version margin, "And will put them together with it, unto [or, ' to be'] the stick of Judah." Keil s rendering, "I will take the stick of Joseph... and the tribes of Israel his companions, which I put thereon [literally, 'and I put them,' viz. the tribes, 'upon it,' i.e. the stick of Joseph] with the stick of Judah," is too involved. And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying,.... The children of Israel and Judah in captivity, of which people Ezekiel was and to whom he was sent as a prophet; who seeing him take two sticks, and write on them, and then join them together, would naturally put such a question to him:

wilt thou not show us what thou meanest by these? for they concluded he had some meaning in it, and that it was not a mere childish diversion and amusement; and therefore would desire that he would let them know what it was: whether they would ask this seriously or in banter, out of curiosity or in contempt, as they sometimes did; it matters not, he was to give them an answer, as follows; though, by the manner of their putting the question, it looks as if they were doubtful whether he would or not; since they had treated him in a sneering way on such like occasions before. 18. God does not explain the symbolical prophecy until the Jews have been stimulated by the type to consult the prophet.37:15-28 This emblem was to show the people, that the Lord would unite Judah and Israel. Christ is the true David, Israel's King of old; and those whom he makes willing in the day of his power, he makes to walk in his judgments, and to keep his statutes. Events yet to come will further explain this prophecy. Nothing has more hindered the success of the gospel than divisions. Let us study to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace; let us seek for Divine grace to keep us from detestable things; and let us pray that all nations may be obedient and happy subjects of the Son of David, that the Lord may be our God, and we may be his people for evermore.
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