Ezekiel 20:25

Overview - Ezekiel 20
God refuses to be consulted by the elders of Israel.
He shews the story of their rebellions in Egypt,
10 in the wilderness,
27 and in the land.
33 He promises to gather them by the Gospel.
45 Under the name of a forest he shews the destruction of Jerusalem.
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Ezekiel 20:25  (King James Version)
Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live;

I gave
The simple meaning of this place is, that when the Israelites had rebelled against God, despised his statutes, and polluted his sabbaths, in effect cast him off, and given themselves up wholly to their idols, then He, in a just judgment for their disobedience, abandoned them, "gave them up to a reprobate mind," ( Romans 1:28, ,)and suffered them to walk after the idolatrous, cruel, and impious customs and ordinances of the heathen; by which they were ripened for the destruction which he intended to bring upon them, that they might learn to know God by his judgments, seeing they had despised his mercies. In the same sense God is said judicially to "send a strong delusion, that they should believe a lie," to those who "received not the love of the truth, but had pleasure in
unrighteousness." Ezekiel 20:26 Ezekiel 20:39 ; 14:9-11 Deuteronomy 4:27 Deuteronomy 4:28 ; 28:36 Psalms 81:12 ; Isaiah 66:4 ; Romans 1:21-28
2 Thessalonians 2:9-11