Ezekiel 20:9-19 (New International Version)

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9 But for the sake of my name I did what would keep it from being profaned1 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.2 10 Therefore I led them out of Egypt and brought them into the desert.3 11 I gave them my decrees and made known to them my laws, for the man who obeys them will live by them.4 12 Also I gave them my Sabbaths5 as a sign6 between us,7 so they would know that I the LORD made them holy.8 13 " 'Yet the people of Israel rebelled9 against me in the desert. They did not follow my decrees but rejected my laws10--although the man who obeys them will live by them--and they utterly desecrated my Sabbaths.11 So I said I would pour out my wrath12 on them and destroy13 them in the desert.14 14 But for the sake of my name I did what would keep it from being profaned15 in the eyes of the nations in whose sight I had brought them out.16 15 Also with uplifted hand I swore17 to them in the desert that I would not bring them into the land I had given them--a land flowing with milk and honey, most beautiful of all lands18-- 16 because they rejected my laws19 and did not follow my decrees and desecrated my Sabbaths. For their hearts20 were devoted to their idols.21 17 Yet I looked on them with pity and did not destroy22 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 fathers23 or keep their laws or defile yourselves24 with their idols. 19 I am the LORD your God;25 follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.26
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