“I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you.” Ezekiel 11:17 says Israel would come back to the land, which was part of the promise of the New Covenant (Jer. 31:8-33), and the gathering would in large part be due to the first resurrection, the Resurrection of the Righteous (cp. Ezek. 37:12-28). [For more on Israel and Judah being brought back to the Promised Land, see commentary on Jer. 32:37. For more on the two future resurrections, the Resurrection of the Righteous and the Resurrection of the Unrighteous, see commentary on Acts 24:15].
“the soil of Israel.” The Hebrew word usually translated “land” is not the more normal eretz, but adamah (#0127 אֲדָמָה) ground, soil, land. Although often translated “land,” it seemed appropriate in this context to catch the contrast in the Hebrew text and render the word as “soil.” The Israelites said the land (eretz) was theirs (Ezek. 11:15), but God said no, He would give the “soil” to the returning captives.