Ezekiel 20:16-26 NIV

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

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17 Yet I looked on them with pity and did not destroy4 them or put an end to them in the desert.

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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.

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19 I am the LORD your God;7 follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.8

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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"

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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

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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.

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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,

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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

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      25 I also gave them over22 to statutes that were not good and laws they could not live by;23

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      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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        • a 20:26 - Or "--making every firstborn pass through [the fire]"