Some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat down in front of me.
Then the word of the Lord came to me:
"Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and have put sinful stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I be consulted by them at all?
"Therefore, speak to them and tell them: This is what the Lord God says: When anyone from the house of Israel sets up idols in his heart, puts a sinful stumbling block before his face, and then comes to the prophet, I, the Lord, will answer him appropriately.a [I will answer him] according to his many idols,
so that I may take hold of the house of Israel by their hearts, because they are all estranged from Me by their idols.
"Therefore, say to the house of Israel: This is what the Lord God says: Repent and turn away from your idols; turn your faces away from all your abominations.
For when anyone from the house of Israel or from the foreigners who reside in Israel separates himself from Me, setting up idols in his heart and putting a sinful stumbling block before his face, and then comes to the prophet to inquire of Me,b I, the Lord, will answer him Myself.
I will turn against that one and make him a sign and a proverb; I will cut him off from among My people. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
"But if the prophet is deceived and speaks a message, it was I, the Lord, who deceived that prophet. I will stretch out My hand against him and destroy him from among My people Israel.
They will bear their punishment-the punishment of the one who inquires will be the same as that of the prophet-
in order that the house of Israel may no longer stray from following Me and no longer defile themselves with all their transgressions. Then they will be My people and I will be their God."c [This is] the declaration of the Lord God .