Ezekiel 20:17-27 NIV

17 Yet I looked on them with pity and did not destroy1 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 fathers2 or keep their laws or defile yourselves3 with their idols.

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19 I am the LORD your God;4 follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.5

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20 Keep my Sabbaths6 holy, that they may be a sign7 between us. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.8"

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21 " 'But the children rebelled against me: They did not follow my decrees, they were not careful to keep my laws9--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 anger10 against them in the desert.11

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22 But I withheld12 my hand, and for the sake of my name13 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 scatter14 them through the countries,

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24 because they had not obeyed my laws but had rejected my decrees15 and desecrated my Sabbaths,16 and their eyes [lusted] after17 their fathers' idols.18

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      25 I also gave them over19 to statutes that were not good and laws they could not live by;20

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      26 I let them become defiled through their gifts--the sacrifice21 of every firstborna--that I might fill them with horror so they would know that I am the LORD.22'

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        • a 20:26 - Or "--making every firstborn pass through [the fire]"
          27 "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 fathers23 blasphemed24 me by forsaking me:25

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