New International Version
"When your people ask you, 'Won't you tell us what you mean by this?'
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?
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?
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?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Son of man, take thee one stick - The two sticks mentioned in this symbolical transaction represented, as the text declares the two kingdoms of Israel and Judah, which were formed in the days of Rehoboam, and continued distinct till the time of the captivity. The kingdom of Judah was composed of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, with the Levites; all the rest went off in the schism with Jeroboam, and formed the kingdom of Israel. Though some out of those tribes did rejoin themselves to Judah, yet no whole tribe ever returned to that kingdom. Common sufferings in their captivity became the means of reviving a kinder feeling; and to encourage this, God promises that he will reunite them, and restore them to their own land; and that there shall no more be any divisions or feuds among them. To represent this in such a way as would make it a subject of thought, reflection, and inquiry, the prophet is ordered to take the two sticks mentioned above, to write on them the distinguishing names of the divided kingdoms, and then by a notch, dovetail, glue, or some such method, to unite them both before the people. He did so, and on their inquiry, showed them the full meaning of this symbolical action.
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"Son of man, did not the Israelites, that rebellious people, ask you, 'What are you doing?'
"Say to this rebellious people, 'Do you not know what these things mean?' Say to them: 'The king of Babylon went to Jerusalem and carried off her king and her nobles, bringing them back with him to Babylon.
Then I said, "Sovereign LORD, they are saying of me, 'Isn't he just telling parables?'"
Then the people asked me, "Won't you tell us what these things have to do with us? Why are you acting like this?"
"Son of man, speak to your people and say to them: 'When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman,
say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph--which is in Ephraim's hand--and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah's stick. I will make them into a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.'
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