and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: 9On the day when I chose Israel, 10I sworea to the offspring of the house of Jacob, 11making myself known to them in the land of Egypt; 12I swore to them, saying, I am the LORD your God.
820But they rebelled against me and were not willing to listen to me. 21None of them cast away the detestable things their eyes feasted on, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt. "Then I said I would pour out my wrath upon them 22and spend my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.
923But I acted 24for the sake of my name, 25that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations among whom they lived, 26in whose sight I made myself known to them in bringing them out of the land of Egypt.
1332But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness. 33They did not walk in my statutes but rejected my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live; 34and my Sabbaths they greatly profaned. 35"Then I said I would pour out my wrath upon them in the wilderness, to make a full end of them.
2151But the children 52rebelled against me. 53They did not walk in my statutes and were not careful to obey my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live; they profaned my Sabbaths. 54"Then I said I would pour out my wrath upon them and spend my anger against them in the wilderness.
For when I had brought them into the land that 68I swore to give them, then wherever they saw 69any high hill or any leafy tree, there they offered their sacrifices and there they presented 70the provocation of their offering; there they sent up their pleasing aromas, and there they poured out their drink offerings.
When you present your gifts and 74offer up your children in fire,c you defile yourselves with all your idols to this day. And 75shall I be inquired of by you, O house of Israel? 76As I live, declares the Lord GOD, I will not be inquired of by you.
3889I will purge out the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against me. 90I will bring them out of the land where they sojourn, 91but they shall not enter the land of Israel. 92Then you will know that I am the LORD.
"As for you, O house of Israel, thus says the Lord GOD: 93Go serve every one of you his idols, now and hereafter, if you will not listen to me; 94but my holy name you shall no more profane with your gifts and your idols.
4095"For on my holy mountain, the mountain height of Israel, declares the Lord GOD, there 96all the house of Israel, all of them, shall serve me in the land. 97There I will accept them, and there I will require your contributions and the choicest of your gifts, with all your sacred offerings.
As a pleasing aroma I will accept you, when 98I bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you have been scattered. And 99I will manifest my holiness among you in the sight of the nations.
And you shall know that I am the LORD, 104when I deal with you for my name's sake, 105not according to your evil ways, nor according to your corrupt deeds, O house of Israel, declares the Lord GOD."
Say to the forest of the Negeb, Hear the word of the LORD: Thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, 109I will kindle a fire in you, and it shall devour every 110green tree in you and every 111dry tree. The blazing flame shall not be quenched, and 112all faces from south to north shall be scorched by it.