15The word of the LORD came again to me saying,16"And you, son of man, take for yourself (A)one stick and write on it, 'For (B)Judah and for the sons of Israel, his companions'; then take another stick and write on it, 'For (C)Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and all the house of Israel, his companions.' 17"Then (D)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 (E)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."' 20"The sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes. 21"Say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I will (F)take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and I will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; 22and I will make them (G)one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and (H)one king will be king for all of them; and they will no longer be two nations and no longer be divided into two kingdoms. 23"They will (I)no longer defile themselves with their idols, or with their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions; but (J)I will deliver them from all their [a]dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. And they will be My people, and I will be their God.
24"My servant (K)David will be king over them, and they will all have (L)one shepherd; and they will walk in My ordinances and keep My statutes and observe them.25"They will live on the land that I gave to Jacob My servant, in which your fathers lived; and they will live on it, they, and their sons and their sons' sons, forever; and (M)David My servant will be their prince forever. 26"I will make a (N)covenant of peace with them; it will be an (O)everlasting covenant with them And I will place them and (P)multiply them, and will set My (Q)sanctuary in their midst forever. 27"My (R)dwelling place also will be with them; and (S)I will be their God, and they will be My people. 28"And the nations will know that I am the LORD (T)who sanctifies Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forever."'" Footnotes:Ezekiel 37:23 Another reading is backslidings
1(A)What shall we say then? Are we to (B)continue in sin so that grace may increase?2(C)May it never be! How shall we who (D)died to sin still live in it? 3Or do you not know that all of us who have been (E)baptized into (F)Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4Therefore we have been (G)buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was (H)raised from the dead through the (I)glory of the Father, so we too might walk in (J)newness of life. 5For (K)if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6knowing this, that our (L)old self was (M)crucified with Him, in order that our (N)body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7for (O)he who has died is freed from sin. 8Now (P)if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9knowing that Christ, having been (Q)raised from the dead, is never to die again; (R)death no longer is master over Him. 10For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11Even so consider yourselves to be (S)dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12Therefore do not let sin (T)reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13and do not go on (U)presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but (V)present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14For (W)sin shall not (X)be master over you, for (Y)you are not under law but (Z)under grace. 15What then? (AA)Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? (AB)May it never be! 16Do you not (AC)know that when you present yourselves to someone as (AD)slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of (AE)sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? 17But (AF)thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that (AG)form of teaching to which you were committed, 18and having been (AH)freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19(AI)I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh For just (AJ)as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification. 20For (AK)when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21Therefore what (AL)benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is (AM)death. 22But now having been (AN)freed from sin and (AO)enslaved to God, you derive your (AP)benefit, resulting in sanctification, and (AQ)the outcome, eternal life. 23For the wages of (AR)sin is death, but the free gift of God is (AS)eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Cross references:Romans 6:1 : Rom 3:5 Romans 6:1 : Rom 3:8; 6:15 Romans 6:2 : Luke 20:16; Rom 6:15 Romans 6:2 : Rom 6:11; 7:4, 6; Gal 2:19; Col 2:20; 3:3; 1 Pet 2:24 Romans 6:3 : Matt 28:19 Romans 6:3 : Acts 2:38; 8:16; 19:5; Gal 3:27 Romans 6:4 : Col 2:12 Romans 6:4 : Acts 2:24; Rom 6:9 Romans 6:4 : John 11:40; 2 Cor 13:4 Romans 6:4 : Rom 7:6; 2 Cor 5:17; Gal 6:15; Eph 4:23; Col 3:10 Romans 6:5 : 2 Cor 4:10; Phil 3:10; Col 2:12; 3:1 Romans 6:6 : Eph 4:22; Col 3:9 Romans 6:6 : Gal 2:20; 5:24; 6:14 Romans 6:6 : Rom 7:24 Romans 6:7 : 1 Pet 4:1 Romans 6:8 : Rom 6:4; 2 Cor 4:10; 2 Tim 2:11 Romans 6:9 : Acts 2:24; Rom 6:4 Romans 6:9 : Rev 1:18 Romans 6:11 : Rom 6:2; 7:4, 6; Gal 2:19; Col 2:20; 3:3; 1 Pet 2:24 Romans 6:12 : Rom 6:14 Romans 6:13 : Rom 6:16, 19; 7:5; Col 3:5 Romans 6:13 : Rom 12:1; 2 Cor 5:14; 1 Pet 2:24 Romans 6:14 : Rom 8:2, 12 Romans 6:14 : Rom 6:12 Romans 6:14 : Rom 5:18; 7:4, 6; Gal 4:21 Romans 6:14 : Rom 5:17, 21 Romans 6:15 : Rom 6:1 Romans 6:15 : Luke 20:16; Rom 6:2 Romans 6:16 : Rom 11:2; 1 Cor 3:16; 5:6; 6:2, 3, 9, 15, 16, 19; 9:13, 24 Romans 6:16 : John 8:34; 2 Pet 2:19 Romans 6:16 : Rom 6:21, 23 Romans 6:17 : Rom 1:8; 2 Cor 2:14 Romans 6:17 : 2 Tim 1:13 Romans 6:18 : John 8:32; Rom 6:22; 8:2 Romans 6:19 : Rom 3:5 Romans 6:19 : Rom 6:13 Romans 6:20 : Matt 6:24; Rom 6:16 Romans 6:21 : Jer 12:13; Ezek 16:63; Rom 7:5 Romans 6:21 : Rom 1:32; 5:12; 6:16, 23; 8:6, 13; Gal 6:8 Romans 6:22 : John 8:32; Rom 6:18; 8:2 Romans 6:22 : 1 Cor 7:22; 1 Pet 2:16 Romans 6:22 : Rom 7:4 Romans 6:22 : 1 Pet 1:9 Romans 6:23 : Rom 1:32; 5:12; 6:16, 21; 8:6, 13; Gal 6:8 Romans 6:23 : Matt 25:46; Rom 5:21; 8:38, 39