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Christian Standard Bible

Ezekiel 20:11–29

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11 Then I gave them my statutes and explained my ordinances to them—the person who does them will live by them.k 12 I also gave them my Sabbaths to serve as a sign between me and them,l so that they would know that I am the Lord who consecrates them.

13 “ ‘But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness.m They did not follow my statutes and they rejected my ordinances—the person who does them will live by them.n They also completely profaned my Sabbaths.o So I considered pouring out my wrath on them in the wilderness to put an end to them.p 14 But I acted for the sake of my name, so that it would not be profaned in the eyes of the nations in whose sight I had brought them out. 15 However, I swore to themq in the wilderness that I would not bring them into the land I had given them—the most beautiful of all lands, flowing with milk and honey—16 because they rejected my ordinances, profaned my Sabbaths, and did not follow my statutes. For their hearts went after their idols.r 17 Yet I spared them from destruction and did not bring them to an end in the wilderness.s

18 “ ‘Then I said to their children in the wilderness, “Don’t follow the statutes of your fathers, defile yourselves with their idols, or keep their ordinances.t 19 I am the Lord your God. Follow my statutes, keep my ordinances, and practice them.u 20 Keep my Sabbaths holy,v and they will be a sign between me and you, so you may know that I am the Lord your God.”

21 “ ‘But the children rebelled against me.w They did not follow my statutes or carefully keep my ordinances—the person who does them will live by them. They also profaned my Sabbaths. So I considered pouring out my wrath on them and exhausting my anger against them in the wilderness. 22 But I withheld my hand and acted for the sake of my name, so that it would not be profaned in the eyes of the nations in whose sight I brought them out. 23 However, I swore to them in the wilderness that I would disperse them among the nations and scatter them among the countries.x 24 For they did not practice my ordinances but rejected my statutes and profaned my Sabbaths, and their eyes were fixedy on their fathers’ idols. 25 I also gave them statutes that were not good and ordinancesz they could not live by. 26 When they sacrificed every firstborn in the fire,E,aa I defiled them through their gifts in order to devastate them so they would know that I am the Lord.’ab

27 “Therefore, son of man, speak to the house of Israel, and tell them, ‘This is what the Lord God says: In this way also your fathers blasphemed me byac committing treachery against me: 28 When I brought them into the land that I swore to give them and they saw any high hill or leafy tree,ad they offered their sacrifices and presented their offensive offerings there. They also sent up their pleasing aromas and poured out their drink offerings there. 29 So I asked them, “What is this high place you are going to?” And it is still called BamahF today.’

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