23 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 24 “Son of man, cthey who inhabit those druins in the land of Israel are saying, e‘Abraham was only one, and he inherited the land. fBut we are many; the land has been given to us as a gpossession.’
25 “Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: h“You eat meat with blood, you ilift up your eyes toward your idols, and jshed blood. Should you then possess the kland? 26 You rely on your sword, you commit abominations, and you ldefile one another’s wives. Should you then possess the land?” ’
27 “Say thus to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “As I live, surely mthose who are in the ruins shall fall by the sword, and the one who is in the open field nI will give to the beasts to be devoured, and those who are in the strongholds and ocaves shall die of the pestilence. 28 pFor I will make the land most desolate, 9her qarrogant strength shall cease, and rthe mountains of Israel shall be so desolate that no one will pass through. 29 Then they shall know that I am the Lord, when I have made the land most desolate because of all their abominations which they have committed.” ’
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