Ezekiel 14:1-11 (New American Standard)

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Idolatrous Elders Condemned

1 Then some 1elders of Israel came to me and 2sat down before me. 2 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 3 "Son of man, these men have 3set up their idols in their hearts and have 4put right before their faces the stumbling block of their iniquity. Should I be 5consulted by them at all? 4 "Therefore speak to them and tell them, 'Thus says the Lord aGOD, "Any man of the house of Israel who sets up his idols in his heart, puts right before his face the stumbling block of his iniquity, and then comes to the prophet, I the LORD will be brought to give him an answer in bthe matter in view of the 6multitude of his idols, 5 in order to lay hold of c7the hearts of the house of Israel who are d8estranged from Me through all their idols."' 6 "Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "9Repent and turn away from your idols and turn your faces away from all your 10abominations. 7 "For anyone of the house of Israel or of the 11immigrants who stay in Israel who separates himself from Me, sets up his idols in his heart, puts right before his face the stumbling block of his iniquity, and then comes to the prophet to inquire of Me for himself, 12I the LORD will be brought to answer him in My own person. 8 "I will 13set My face against that man and make him a 14sign and ea proverb, and I will cut him off from among My people. So you will know that I am the LORD. 9 "But if the prophet is fprevailed upon to speak a word, it is I, the LORD, who have gprevailed upon that prophet, and I will stretch out My hand against him and 15destroy him from among My people Israel. 10 "They will bear the punishment of their iniquity; as the iniquity of the inquirer is, so the iniquity of the prophet will be, 11 in order that the house of Israel may no longer 16stray from Me and no longer 17defile themselves with all their transgressions. Thus they will be 18My people, and I shall be their God,"' declares the Lord GOD."
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