"Therefore say to the house of Israel: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Will you defile yourselves1 the way your fathers did and lust after their vile images?231
When you offer your gifts--the sacrifice of your sons3 ina 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.432
" '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 arm5 and with outpoured wrath.634
I will bring you from the nations7 and gather8 you from the countries where you have been scattered--with a mighty hand9 and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath.1035
I will bring you into the desert11 of the nations and there, face to face, I will execute judgment12 upon you.
As I judged your fathers in the desert of the land of Egypt, so I will judge you, declares the Sovereign LORD.1337
I will take note of you as you pass under my rod,14 and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant.1538
I will purge16 you of those who revolt and rebel against me. Although I will bring them out of the land where they are living, yet they will not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD.1739
" 'As for you, O house of Israel, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Go and serve your idols,18 every one of you! But afterward you will surely listen to me and no longer profane my holy name19 with your gifts and idols.2040
For on my holy mountain, the high mountain of Israel,21 declares the Sovereign LORD, there in the land the entire house of Israel will serve me, and there I will accept them. There I will require your offerings22 and your choice gifts,b along with all your holy sacrifices.2341
I will accept you as fragrant incense24 when I bring you out from the nations and gather25 you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will show myself holy26 among you in the sight of the nations.2742
Then you will know that I am the LORD,28 when I bring you into the land of Israel,29 the land I had sworn with uplifted hand to give to your fathers.3043
There you will remember your conduct31 and all the actions by which you have defiled yourselves, and you will loathe yourselves32 for all the evil you have done.3344
You will know that I am the LORD, when I deal with you for my name's sake34 and not according to your evil ways and your corrupt practices, O house of Israel, declares the Sovereign LORD.35' "