"Therefore, son of man, speak to the people of Israel and say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: In this also your fathers1 blasphemed2 me by forsaking me:328
When I brought them into the land4 I had sworn to give them and they saw any high hill or any leafy tree, there they offered their sacrifices, made offerings that provoked me to anger, presented their fragrant incense and poured out their drink offerings.529
Then I said to them: What is this high place6 you go to?' " (It is called Bamaha to this day.)
"Therefore say to the house of Israel: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Will you defile yourselves7 the way your fathers did and lust after their vile images?831
When you offer your gifts--the sacrifice of your sons9 inb the fire--you continue to defile yourselves with all your idols to this day. Am I to let you inquire of me, O house of Israel? As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I will not let you inquire of me.1032
" 'You say, "We want to be like the nations, like the peoples of the world, who serve wood and stone." But what you have in mind will never happen.
As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I will rule over you with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm11 and with outpoured wrath.1234
I will bring you from the nations13 and gather14 you from the countries where you have been scattered--with a mighty hand15 and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath.1635
I will bring you into the desert17 of the nations and there, face to face, I will execute judgment18 upon you.
As I judged your fathers in the desert of the land of Egypt, so I will judge you, declares the Sovereign LORD.1937
I will take note of you as you pass under my rod,20 and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant.21