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Ezekiel 20:13

13 “ ‘Yet the people of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness. They did not follow my decrees but rejected my laws—by which the person who obeys them will live—and they utterly desecrated my Sabbaths. So I said I would pour out my wrath on them and destroy them in the wilderness.

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But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them.
But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness. They did not walk in my statutes but rejected my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live; and my Sabbaths they greatly profaned. "Then I said I would pour out my wrath upon them in the wilderness, to make a full end of them.
“But the people of Israel rebelled against me, and they refused to obey my decrees there in the wilderness. They wouldn’t obey my regulations even though obedience would have given them life. They also violated my Sabbath days. So I threatened to pour out my fury on them, and I made plans to utterly consume them in the wilderness.

What does Ezekiel 20:13 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ezekiel 20:13

But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness,
&c.] Where they were wholly at the mercy of God, entirely dependent upon him; and miracles were wrought every day for the sustaining and preservation of, them from famine, wild beasts, and enemies; yet they rebelled against the Lord; provoked him bitterly by their manifold transgressions, their ingratitude, unbelief, and idolatry; and this not a few of them only, but the whole body of the people, the house of Israel, the whole family, and that for the space of forty years, ( Psalms 95:9 Psalms 95:10 ) ; they walked not in my statutes;
did not make them the rule of their walk and conversation, and steer the course of their lives and actions by them, as they ought to have done: and they despised my judgments;
as not worthy their notice and regard, as useless and unprofitable; nay, had an aversion to them, and a loathing of them, as the word F8 signifies; such is the corrupt and wicked heart of man; it is enmity against God and his law, and all that is good: which [if] a man do, he shall even live in them;
(See Gill on Ezekiel 20:11); and my sabbaths they greatly polluted;
or "profaned", or "[made them] common" F9; that is, with other days; by going out for manna on them; by gathering sticks upon them; by doing their own work, speaking their own words, and seeking their own pleasure, and worshipping false deities: then I said, I would pour out, my fury upon them in the wilderness to
consume them;
that they should not enter into the land of Canaan; as the generation that came out of Egypt were consumed in the wilderness, excepting two; as the Lord threatened, ( Numbers 14:35 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F8 (woam) "abjeoerunt", Pagninus; "reprobaverunt", Montanus.
F9 (wllx) "prophanarunt", Vatablus, Piscator, Cocceius.
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