In the seventh year, in the fifth month on the tenth day, some of the elders of Israel came to inquire1 of the LORD, and they sat down in front of me.22
Then the word of the LORD came to me:
"Son of man, speak to the elders3 of Israel and say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Have you come to inquire4 of me? As surely as I live, I will not let you inquire of me, declares the Sovereign LORD.5'
"Will you judge them? Will you judge them, son of man? Then confront them with the detestable practices of their fathers65
and say to them: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: On the day I chose7 Israel, I swore with uplifted hand8 to the descendants of the house of Jacob and revealed myself to them in Egypt. With uplifted hand I said to them, "I am the LORD your God.9"
On that day I swore10 to them that I would bring them out of Egypt into a land I had searched out for them, a land flowing with milk and honey,11 the most beautiful of all lands.127
And I said to them, "Each of you, get rid of the vile images13 you have set your eyes on, and do not defile yourselves with the idols14 of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.15"
" 'But they rebelled against me and would not listen to me;16 they did not get rid of the vile images they had set their eyes on, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt.17 So I said I would pour out my wrath on them and spend my anger against them in Egypt.189
But for the sake of my name I did what would keep it from being profaned19 in the eyes of the nations they lived among and in whose sight I had revealed myself to the Israelites by bringing them out of Egypt.2010
Therefore I led them out of Egypt and brought them into the desert.21