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Ezekiel 20:16-26 (New International Version)

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16 because they rejected my laws1 and did not follow my decrees and desecrated my Sabbaths. For their hearts2 were devoted to their idols.3 17 Yet I looked on them with pity and did not destroy4 them or put an end to them in the desert. 18 I said to their children in the desert, "Do not follow the statutes of your fathers5 or keep their laws or defile yourselves6 with their idols. 19 I am the LORD your God;7 follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.8 20 Keep my Sabbaths9 holy, that they may be a sign10 between us. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.11" 21 " 'But the children rebelled against me: They did not follow my decrees, they were not careful to keep my laws12--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 anger13 against them in the desert.14 22 But I withheld15 my hand, and for the sake of my name16 I did what would keep it from being profaned in the eyes of the nations in whose sight I had brought them out. 23 Also with uplifted hand I swore to them in the desert that I would disperse them among the nations and scatter17 them through the countries, 24 because they had not obeyed my laws but had rejected my decrees18 and desecrated my Sabbaths,19 and their eyes [lusted] after20 their fathers' idols.21 25 I also gave them over22 to statutes that were not good and laws they could not live by;23 26 I let them become defiled through their gifts--the sacrifice24 of every firstborna--that I might fill them with horror so they would know that I am the LORD.25'
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