Ezekiel 20:10-26 NIV

10 Therefore I led them out of Egypt and brought them into the desert.1

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11 I gave them my decrees and made known to them my laws, for the man who obeys them will live by them.2

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12 Also I gave them my Sabbaths3 as a sign4 between us,5 so they would know that I the LORD made them holy.6

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13 " 'Yet the people of Israel rebelled7 against me in the desert. They did not follow my decrees but rejected my laws8--although the man who obeys them will live by them--and they utterly desecrated my Sabbaths.9 So I said I would pour out my wrath10 on them and destroy11 them in the desert.12

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14 But for the sake of my name I did what would keep it from being profaned13 in the eyes of the nations in whose sight I had brought them out.14

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15 Also with uplifted hand I swore15 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 lands16--

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16 because they rejected my laws17 and did not follow my decrees and desecrated my Sabbaths. For their hearts18 were devoted to their idols.19

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17 Yet I looked on them with pity and did not destroy20 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 fathers21 or keep their laws or defile yourselves22 with their idols.

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19 I am the LORD your God;23 follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.24

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20 Keep my Sabbaths25 holy, that they may be a sign26 between us. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.27"

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21 " 'But the children rebelled against me: They did not follow my decrees, they were not careful to keep my laws28--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 anger29 against them in the desert.30

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22 But I withheld31 my hand, and for the sake of my name32 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 scatter33 them through the countries,

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24 because they had not obeyed my laws but had rejected my decrees34 and desecrated my Sabbaths,35 and their eyes [lusted] after36 their fathers' idols.37

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      25 I also gave them over38 to statutes that were not good and laws they could not live by;39

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      26 I let them become defiled through their gifts--the sacrifice40 of every firstborna--that I might fill them with horror so they would know that I am the LORD.41'

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