Ezekiel 20:35-45 (New International Version)

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35 I will bring you into the desert1 of the nations and there, face to face, I will execute judgment2 upon you. 36 As I judged your fathers in the desert of the land of Egypt, so I will judge you, declares the Sovereign LORD.3 37 I will take note of you as you pass under my rod,4 and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant.5 38 I will purge6 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.7 39 " 'As for you, O house of Israel, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Go and serve your idols,8 every one of you! But afterward you will surely listen to me and no longer profane my holy name9 with your gifts and idols.10 40 For on my holy mountain, the high mountain of Israel,11 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 offerings12 and your choice gifts,a along with all your holy sacrifices.13 41 I will accept you as fragrant incense14 when I bring you out from the nations and gather15 you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will show myself holy16 among you in the sight of the nations.17 42 Then you will know that I am the LORD,18 when I bring you into the land of Israel,19 the land I had sworn with uplifted hand to give to your fathers.20 43 There you will remember your conduct21 and all the actions by which you have defiled yourselves, and you will loathe yourselves22 for all the evil you have done.23 44 You will know that I am the LORD, when I deal with you for my name's sake24 and not according to your evil ways and your corrupt practices, O house of Israel, declares the Sovereign LORD.25' "

Prophecy Against the South

45 The word of the LORD came to me:
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