Ezekiel 20

CHAPTER 20

Ezekiel Speaks to the Elders

And it came to pass in the [2year 1seventh], in the fifth month, tenth of the month, there came men from the elders of the house of Israel to ask of the  lord. And they sat before my face. And [3came 1the word 2of the  lord] to me, saying, O son of man, speak to the elders of Israel! and you shall say to them, Thus says Adonai the  lord; Are [3to ask 4me 1you 2come]? As I live, I shall not be answering to you, says Adonai the  lord. Shall I punish them with punishment, O son of man? [3of the 4lawless deeds 5of their fathers 1Testify 2to them]! And you shall say to them, Thus says the  lord; From which day I took up the house of Israel, and made known to the seed of the house of Jacob, and was known by them in the land of Egypt, and took hold of [2with my hand 1them], saying, I am the  lord your God. In that day I took hold of them by my hand, to lead them from out of the land of Egypt, into the land which I prepared for them; a land flowing milk and honey, the honeycomb is beyond every land. And I said to them, Let each [2the 3abominations 4of his eyes 1throw away]! and in the practices of Egypt be not defiled! I am the  lord your God. And they revolted from me, and wanted not to listen to me. Each [2the 3abominations 4of their eyes 1threw not away], and the practices of Egypt they abandoned not. And I spoke to pour out my rage upon them; to complete my anger among them in the midst of Egypt. And I acted so that my name should not be thoroughly profaned before the nations which they are in the midst of them, to the ones whom I made known to them of their presence, to lead them from out of the land of Egypt. 10 And I led them from the land of Egypt, and I led them into the wilderness. 11 And I gave them my orders, and [2my ordinances 1I made known] to them; how if [2should do 3them 1a man] then he shall live by them. 12 And my Sabbaths I gave to them, to be for a sign between me and between them, for them to know that I am the  lord, the one sanctifying them. 13 And [4greatly embittered 5me 1the 2house 3of Israel] in the wilderness. In my orders they did not go, and my ordinances they thrust away, which [2shall do 3them 1a man] and shall live by them. And [2my Sabbaths 1they profaned] exceedingly. And I spoke to pour out my rage upon them in the wilderness, to completely consume them. 14 And I acted so that my name should not be thoroughly profaned before the nations which I led them out before their eyes. 15 And I lifted my hand against them in the wilderness, the thorough one, to not bring them into the land which I gave to them, a land flowing milk and honey; (the honeycomb is beyond all the land). 16 Because [2my ordinances 1they thrusted away], and in my orders they went not by them; and [2my Sabbaths 1they profaned], and [2after 3the 4thoughts 5of their hearts 1they went]. 17 And [2spared 3them 1my eye] to not wipe them away, and I did not commit them unto consumption in the wilderness. 18 And I said to their children in the wilderness, [2in 3the 4laws 5of your fathers 1Do not go], and [3their ordinances 1do not 2keep], and [3in 4their practices 1do not 2intermingle], and be not defiled! 19 I am the  lord your God; [2by 3my orders 1go], and [2my ordinances 1keep], and do them! 20 And my Sabbaths -- sanctify them! and it will be for a sign between me and you, to know that I am the  lord your God. 21 And they rebelled against me. And their children [2by 3my orders 1went not]. And my ordinances they guarded not to do them, which [2does 1if a man] then he shall live by them. And my Sabbaths they profaned. And I spoke to pour out my rage upon them, and to complete my anger against them in the wilderness. 22 And I turned my hand against them, and I acted because of myself, so that my name [3thoroughly 1should not 2be] profaned before the nations; from whom I led them out before their eyes. 23 And I lifted up my hand against them in the wilderness, to disperse them among the nations, and to scatter them in the places; 24 because [3my ordinances 1they did not 2observe], and [2my orders 1they thrusted away], and [2my Sabbaths 1profaned], and [3after 4the 5thoughts 6of their fathers 2were 1their eyes]. 25 And I gave them up to orders that were not good, and ordinances in which they shall not live by them. 26 And I will defile them in their decrees in my traveling by every one opening wide the womb, so that I should obliterate them, that thay shall know that I am the  lord. 27 On account of this, speak to the house of Israel, O son of man! And you shall say to them, Thus says Adonai the  lord; Until this time [2provoked me to anger 1your fathers] in their transgressions, in which they fell against me. 28 And I brought them into the land which I lifted up my hand to give it to them. And they beheld every [2hill 1high], and every [2tree 1shady]. And they sacrificed there to their gods. And they arranged there the wrath of the gift offerings. And they arranged there a scent of their pleasant aroma offering. And they offered a libation there of their libation offerings. 29 And I said to them, What is Abama, that you enter there? And they called upon its name, Abama, until today's day.

Judgment and Restoration

30 On account of this, say to the house of Israel! Thus says Adonai the  lord; Shall [3in 4the 5lawless deeds 6of your fathers 1you 2defile yourselves]? and [3after 4their abominations 1do you 2fornicate]? 31 And in the first-fruits of your gifts, and in your offerings, in the passing through your children in fire, you defiled yourselves in all your thoughts until today's day. And shall I answer you, O house of Israel, no. As I live, says Adonai the  lord, Shall I answer you, and shall [2ascend 3upon 4your spirit 1this thing], no. 32 And it will not be in which manner that you say, We will be as the nations, and as the tribes of the earth, to serve wood and stone idols. 33 On account of this, as I live, says Adonai the  lord, with [2hand 1a fortified] and with [2arm 1a high], and with rage being poured forth, I will reign over you. 34 And I will lead you from out of the peoples, and I will take you from out of the places of which you were dispersed in them, with [2hand 1a fortified] and with [2arm 1a high], and with rage being poured forth. 35 And I will lead you into the wilderness of the peoples, and I will litigate for you there face to face. 36 In which manner I litigated for your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I judge you, says Adonai the  lord. 37 And I will lead you by my rod, and I will bring you in by number. 38 And I shall choose from you the impious, and the ones revolting; because [3from out of 4their sojourning 1I will lead 2them], and [3into 4the 5land 6of Israel 1they shall not 2enter]. And you shall realize that I am the  lord. 39 And to you, O house of Israel, thus says Adonai the  lord; [2each 4his evil practices 1Let 3remove]! And after these things, if you listen to me, and [5name 3my 4holy 1shall not 2profane] any longer by your gifts, and by your practices, 40 that upon [3mountain 1my 2holy], upon [2mountain 1the high] of Israel, says Adonai the  lord, there [4shall serve 5to me 1all 2the house 3of Israel] unto the end upon the land. And there I will favorably receive them, and there I shall watch your first-fruits, and the first-fruits of your offerings in all your sanctified things. 41 In a scent of pleasant aroma I will favorably receive you, in my leading you from out of the peoples, and to take you from out of the places in which you were dispersed in them. And I shall be sanctified in you before the eyes of the peoples. 42 And you shall realize that I am the  lord, in my bringing you into the land of Israel, into which I lifted my hand to give it to your fathers. 43 And you shall remember [2there 1your ways], and your practices which you defiled yourselves by them. And you shall beat your faces over all your evils. 44 And you shall realize that I am the  lord in my doing thus to you, so that my name should not be profaned, not according to [3ways 1your 2evil], nor according to [3practices 1your 2corrupting], O house of Israel, says Adonai the  lord. 45 And [3came 1the word 2of the  lord] to me, saying, 46 O son of man, firmly fix your face against Teman, and look upon Daror, and prophesy against the grove leading to Negev! 47 And you shall say to the grove of Negev, Hear the word of the  lord! Thus says the  lord; Behold, I kindle in you a fire, and it shall devour in you every [2tree 1green], and every [2tree 1dry]. [4shall not 5be extinguished 1The 2flame 3being lit up], and [7shall be incinerated 8by 9it 1every 2face 3from 4the east wind 5unto 6the north]. 48 And [3shall realize 1all 2flesh] that I am the  lord. I kindled it, and it shall not be extinguished. 49 And I said, By no means, O  lord, O Lord, these shall say to me, [2not 4a parable 1Is 5being spoken 3this]?
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