Ezekiel 20:1-32

God's Dealings with Israel Rehearsed

1 Now in the seventh year, in the fifth month, on the tenth of the month, certain of the 1elders of Israel came to inquire of the LORD, and sat before me.
2 And the word of the LORD came to me saying,
3 "Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Do you come to inquire of Me? As I live," declares the Lord GOD, "2I will not be inquired of by you."'
4 "Will you judge them, will you judge them, son of man? 3Make them know the abominations of their fathers;
5 and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "On the day when I 4chose Israel and swore * to the descendants of the house of Jacob and made Myself known to them in the land of Egypt, when I swore * to them, saying, 5I am the LORD your God,
6 on that day I swore * to them, 6to bring them out from the land of Egypt into a land that I had selected for them, 7flowing with milk and honey, which is 8the glory of all lands.
7 "I said to them, '9Cast away, each of you, the detestable things of his eyes, and 10do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt; 11I am the LORD your God.'
8 "But they 12rebelled against Me and were not willing to listen to Me; they did not cast away the detestable things of their eyes, nor did they forsake the 13idols of Egypt. Then I resolved to 14pour out My wrath on them, to accomplish My anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.
9 "But I acted 15for the sake of My name, that it should 16not be profaned in the sight of the nations among whom they lived, in whose sight I made Myself known to them by bringing them out of the land of Egypt.
10 "So I took them out of the land of Egypt and brought them into the 17wilderness.
11 "I gave them My 18statutes and informed them of My ordinances, by 19which, if a man observes them, he will live.
12 "Also I gave them My sabbaths to be a 20sign between Me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD who sanctifies them.
13 "But the house of Israel 21rebelled against Me in the wilderness. They did not walk in My statutes and they rejected My ordinances, 22by which, if a man observes them, he will live; and My 23sabbaths they greatly profaned. Then I resolved to 24pour out My wrath on them in the wilderness, to annihilate them.
14 "But I acted for the sake of My name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, before whose sight I had brought them out.
15 "Also 25I swore * to them in the wilderness that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands,
16 because they rejected My ordinances, and as for My statutes, they did not walk in them; they even profaned My sabbaths, for their 26heart continually went after their idols.
17 "Yet My eye spared them rather than destroying them, and I did not cause their 27annihilation in the wilderness.
18 "I said to their 28children in the wilderness, '29Do not walk in the statutes of your fathers or keep their ordinances or defile yourselves with their idols.
19 '30I am the LORD your God; 31walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and observe them.
20 '32Sanctify My sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the LORD your God.'
21 "But the 33children rebelled against Me; they did not walk in My statutes, nor were they careful to observe My ordinances, by which, if a man observes them, he will live; they profaned My sabbaths. So I resolved to pour out My wrath on them, to accomplish My anger against them in the wilderness.
22 "But I 34withdrew My hand and acted 35for the sake of My name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations in whose sight I had brought them out.
23 "Also I swore * to them in the wilderness that I would 36scatter them among the nations and disperse them among the lands,
24 because they had not observed My ordinances, but had rejected My statutes and had profaned My sabbaths, and 37their eyes were on the idols of their fathers.
25 "I also gave them statutes that were 38not good and ordinances by which they could not live;
26 and I pronounced them 39unclean because of their gifts, in that they 40caused all their firstborn to pass through the fire so that I might make them desolate, in order that they might 41know that I am the LORD."'
27 "Therefore, son of man, 42speak to the house of Israel and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Yet in this your fathers have 43blasphemed Me by 44acting treacherously against Me.
28 "When I had 45brought them into the land which I swore * to give to them, then they saw every 46high hill and every leafy tree, and they offered there their sacrifices and there they presented the provocation of their offering. There also they made their soothing aroma and there they poured out their drink offerings.
29 "Then I said to them, 'What is the high place to which you go?' So its name is called Bamah to this day."'
30 "Therefore, say to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Will you defile yourselves after the manner of your 47fathers and play the harlot after their detestable things?
31 "When you offer your gifts, when you 48cause your sons to pass through the fire, you are defiling yourselves with all your idols to this day. And shall I be inquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live," declares the Lord GOD, "I will not be inquired of by you.
32 "What 49comes into your mind will not come about, when you say: 'We will be like the nations, like the tribes of the lands, 50serving wood and stone.'