God’s Dealings with Israel Rehearsed1 Now in the seventh year, in the fifth month, on the tenth of the month ▼
▼ Lit mencertain of the b elders of Israel came to inquire of the Lord, and sat before me. 2 And the word of the Lord came to me saying, 3 “Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord ▼
▼ Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord , and so throughout the chGod, “Do you come to inquire of Me? As I live,” declares the Lord God, d “I will not be inquired of by you.”’ 4 “Will you judge them, will you judge them, son of man? e Make them know the abominations of their fathers; 5 and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “On the day when I f chose Israel and ▼
▼ Lit lifted up My hand, and so throughout the chswore to the ▼
▼ Lit seeddescendants of the house of Jacob and made Myself known to them in the land of Egypt, when I ▼
▼ Lit lifted up My hand, and so throughout the chswore to them, saying j I am the Lord your God, 6 on that day I swore to them, k to bring them out from the land of Egypt into a land that I had ▼
▼ Lit spied outselected for them, m flowing with milk and honey, which is n the glory of all lands. 7 “I said to them, ‘ o Cast away, each of you, the detestable things of his eyes, and p do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt; q I am the Lord your God.’ 8 “But they r rebelled against Me and were not willing to listen to Me; ▼
▼ Lit each onethey did not cast away the detestable things of their eyes, nor did they forsake the t idols of Egypt. Then I ▼ resolved to v pour out My wrath on them, to accomplish My anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt. 9 “But I acted w for the sake of My name, that it should x not be profaned in the sight of the nations among whom they lived, in whose sight I made Myself known to them by bringing them out of the land of Egypt. 10 “So I took them out of the land of Egypt and brought them into the y wilderness. 11 “I gave them My z statutes and informed them of My ordinances, by aa which, if a man ▼
▼ Lit doesobserves them, he will live. 12 “Also I gave them My sabbaths to be a ac sign between Me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them. 13 “But the house of Israel ad rebelled against Me in the wilderness. They did not walk in My statutes and they rejected My ordinances, ae by which, if a man ▼
▼ Lit doesobserves them, he will live; and My ag sabbaths they greatly profaned. Then I ▼ resolved to ai pour out My wrath on them in the wilderness, to annihilate them. 14 “But I acted for the sake of My name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, before whose sight I had brought them out. 15 “Also aj I swore to them in the wilderness that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands, 16 because they rejected My ordinances, and as for My statutes, they did not walk in them; they even profaned My sabbaths, for their ak heart continually went after their idols. 17 “Yet My eye spared them rather than destroying them, and I did not cause their al annihilation in the wilderness. 18 “I said to their ▼
▼ Lit sons, an children in the wilderness, ‘ ao Do not walk in the statutes of your fathers or keep their ordinances or defile yourselves with their idols. 19 ‘ ap I am the Lord your God; aq walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and ▼
▼ Lit doobserve them. 20 ‘ as Sanctify My sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the Lord your God.’ 21 “But the at children rebelled against Me; they did not walk in My statutes, nor were they careful to observe My ordinances, by which, if a man observes them, he will live; they profaned My sabbaths. So I ▼ resolved to pour out My wrath on them, to accomplish My anger against them in the wilderness. 22 “But I av withdrew My hand and acted aw for the sake of My name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations in whose sight I had brought them out. 23 “Also I swore to them in the wilderness that I would ax scatter them among the nations and disperse them among the lands, 24 because they had not observed My ordinances, but had rejected My statutes and had profaned My sabbaths, and ay their eyes were ▼
▼ Lit afteron the idols of their fathers. 25 “I also gave them statutes that were ba not good and ordinances by which they could not live; 26 and I pronounced them bb unclean because of their gifts, in that they bc caused all ▼
▼ Lit that which opens the wombtheir firstborn to pass through the fire so that I might make them desolate, in order that they might be know that I am the Lord.”’ 27 “Therefore, son of man, bf speak to the house of Israel and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Yet in this your fathers have bg blasphemed Me by bh acting treacherously against Me. 28 “When I had bi brought them into the land which I swore to give to them, then they saw every bj high hill and every leafy tree, and they offered there their sacrifices and there they presented the provocation of their offering. There also they made their soothing aroma and there they poured out their drink offerings. 29 “Then I said to them, ‘What is the high place to which you go?’ So its name is called ▼
▼ Or High PlaceBamah to this day.”’ 30 “Therefore, say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Will you defile yourselves ▼
▼ Lit in the way ofafter the manner of your bm fathers and play the harlot after their detestable things? 31 ▼
▼ Lit In your lifting up“When you offer your gifts, when you bo cause your sons to pass through the fire, you are defiling yourselves with all your idols to this day. And shall I be inquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live,” declares the Lord God, “I will not be inquired of by you. 32 “What bp comes ▼
▼ Lit upon your spiritinto your mind will not come about, when you say: ‘We will be like the nations, like the tribes of the lands, br serving wood and stone.’
God Will Restore Israel to Her Land33 “As I live,” declares the Lord God, “surely with a mighty hand and with an bs outstretched arm and with wrath poured out, I shall be bt king over you. 34 “I will bu bring you out from the peoples and gather you from the lands where you are scattered, with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm and with bv wrath poured out; 35 and I will bring you into the bw wilderness of the peoples, and there I will enter into judgment with you face to face. 36 “As I bx entered into judgment with your fathers in the by wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will enter into judgment with you,” declares the Lord God. 37 “I will make you bz pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant; 38 and I will ca purge from you the rebels and those who transgress against Me; I will bring them out of the land where they sojourn, but they will cb not enter the ▼
▼ Lit ground or soilland of Israel. Thus you will know that I am the Lord. 39 “As for you, O house of Israel,” thus says the Lord God, cd “Go, serve everyone his idols; ▼
▼ Or and afterwards, if you will not listen to Me, butbut later you will surely listen to Me, and My holy name you will cf profane no longer with your gifts and with your idols. 40 “For on My holy mountain, on the high mountain of Israel,” declares the Lord God, “there the whole house of Israel, cg all of them, will serve Me in the land; there I will ch accept them and there I will ▼
▼ Or requireseek your contributions and the choicest of your gifts, with all your holy things. 41 ▼
▼ Lit With“As a soothing aroma I will accept you when I ck bring you out from the peoples and gather you from the lands where you are scattered; and I will prove Myself cl holy among you in the sight of the nations. 42 “And cm you will know that I am the Lord, cn when I bring you into the land of Israel, into the co land which I swore to give to your forefathers. 43 “There you will cp remember your ways and all your deeds with which you have defiled yourselves; and you will cq loathe yourselves in your own ▼
▼ Lit facessight for all the evil things that you have done. 44 “Then cs you will know that I am the Lord when I have dealt with you ct for My name’s sake, not according to your evil ways or according to your corrupt deeds, O house of Israel,” declares the Lord God.’” 45 ▼
▼ Ch 21:1 in HebNow the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 46 “Son of man, set your face toward ▼
▼ Or the SouthTeman, and speak out against the cw south and cx prophesy against the cy forest ▼
▼ Lit of the fieldland of the Negev, 47 and say to the forest of the Negev, ‘Hear the word of the Lord: thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am about to da kindle a fire in you, and it will consume every ▼
▼ Lit moistgreen tree in you, as well as every dry tree; the blazing flame will not be quenched and ▼
▼ Or all the faces, dd the whole surface from south to north will be burned by it. 48 “All flesh will see that I, the Lord, have kindled it; it shall de not be quenched.”’” 49 Then I said, “Ah Lord God! They are saying of me, ‘Is he not just speaking df parables?’”
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