" 'But the children rebelled against me: They did not follow my decrees, they were not careful to keep my laws1--although the man who obeys them will live by them--and they desecrated my Sabbaths. So I said I would pour out my wrath on them and spend my anger2 against them in the desert.322
But I withheld4 my hand, and for the sake of my name5 I did what would keep it from being profaned in the eyes of the nations in whose sight I had brought them out.
Also with uplifted hand I swore to them in the desert that I would disperse them among the nations and scatter6 them through the countries,
because they had not obeyed my laws but had rejected my decrees7 and desecrated my Sabbaths,8 and their eyes [lusted] after9 their fathers' idols.10