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Ezekiel 20 :: New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:1 - Now in the seventh year, in the fifth month, on the tenth of the month, [fn]certain of the elders of Israel came to inquire of the LORD, and sat before me.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:2 - And the word of the LORD came to me saying,

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:3 - “Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord [fn]GOD, “Do you come to inquire of Me? As I live,” declares the Lord GOD, “I will not be inquired of by you.”’

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:4 - “Will you judge them, will you judge them, son of man? Make them know the abominations of their fathers;

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:5 - and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “On the day when I chose Israel and [fn]swore to the [fn]descendants of the house of Jacob and made Myself known to them in the land of Egypt, when I [fn]swore to them, saying, I am the LORD your God,

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:6 - on that day I swore to them, to bring them out from the land of Egypt into a land that I had [fn]selected for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:7 - “I said to them, ‘Cast away, each of you, the detestable things of his eyes, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.’

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:8 - “But they rebelled against Me and were not willing to listen to Me; [fn]they did not cast away the detestable things of their eyes, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt. Then I [fn]resolved to pour out My wrath on them, to accomplish My anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:9 - “But I acted for the sake of My name, that it should not 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:10 - “So I took them out of the land of Egypt and brought them into the wilderness.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:11 - “I gave them My statutes and informed them of My ordinances, by which, if a man [fn]observes them, he will live.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:12 - “Also I gave them My sabbaths to be a sign between Me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD who sanctifies them.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:13 - “But the house of Israel rebelled against Me in the wilderness. They did not walk in My statutes and they rejected My ordinances, by which, if a man [fn]observes them, he will live; and My sabbaths they greatly profaned. Then I [fn]resolved to pour out My wrath on them in the wilderness, to annihilate them.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:14 - “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.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:15 - “Also I 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,

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:16 - because they rejected My ordinances, and as for My statutes, they did not walk in them; they even profaned My sabbaths, for their heart continually went after their idols.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:17 - “Yet My eye spared them rather than destroying them, and I did not cause their annihilation in the wilderness.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:18 - “I said to their [fn]children in the wilderness, ‘Do not walk in the statutes of your fathers or keep their ordinances or defile yourselves with their idols.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:19 - ‘I am the LORD your God; walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and [fn]observe them.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:20 - ‘Sanctify My sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the LORD your God.’

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:21 - “But the children 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 [fn]resolved to pour out My wrath on them, to accomplish My anger against them in the wilderness.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:22 - “But I withdrew My hand and acted for 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:23 - “Also I swore to them in the wilderness that I would scatter them among the nations and disperse them among the lands,

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:24 - because they had not observed My ordinances, but had rejected My statutes and had profaned My sabbaths, and their eyes were [fn]on the idols of their fathers.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:25 - “I also gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not live;

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:26 - and I pronounced them unclean because of their gifts, in that they caused all [fn]their firstborn to pass through the fire so that I might make them desolate, in order that they might know that I am the LORD.”’

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:27 - “Therefore, son of man, speak to the house of Israel and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Yet in this your fathers have blasphemed Me by acting treacherously against Me.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:28 - “When I had brought them into the land which I swore to give to them, then they saw every high 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:29 - “Then I said to them, ‘What is the high place to which you go?’ So its name is called [fn]Bamah to this day.”’

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:30 - “Therefore, say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Will you defile yourselves [fn]after the manner of your fathers and play the harlot after their detestable things?

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:31 - [fn]When you offer your gifts, when you cause 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:32 - “What comes [fn]into your mind will not come about, when you say: ‘We will be like the nations, like the tribes of the lands, serving wood and stone.’

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:33 - “As I live,” declares the Lord GOD, “surely with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm and with wrath poured out, I shall be king over you.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:34 - “I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you from the lands where you are scattered, with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm and with wrath poured out;

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:35 - and I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will enter into judgment with you face to face.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:36 - “As I entered into judgment with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will enter into judgment with you,” declares the Lord GOD.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:37 - “I will make you pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant;

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:38 - and I will purge from you the rebels and those who transgress against Me; I will bring them out of the land where they sojourn, but they will not enter the [fn]land of Israel. Thus you will know that I am the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:39 - “As for you, O house of Israel,” thus says the Lord GOD, “Go, serve everyone his idols; [fn]but later you will surely listen to Me, and My holy name you will profane no longer with your gifts and with your idols.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:40 - “For on My holy mountain, on the high mountain of Israel,” declares the Lord GOD, “there the whole house of Israel, all of them, will serve Me in the land; there I will accept them and there I will [fn]seek your contributions and the choicest of your gifts, with all your holy things.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:41 - [fn]As a soothing aroma I will accept you when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you from the lands where you are scattered; and I will prove Myself holy among you in the sight of the nations.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:42 - “And you will know that I am the LORD, when I bring you into the land of Israel, into the land which I swore to give to your forefathers.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:43 - “There you will remember your ways and all your deeds with which you have defiled yourselves; and you will loathe yourselves in your own [fn]sight for all the evil things that you have done.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:44 - “Then you will know that I am the LORD when I have dealt with you for My name’s sake, not according to your evil ways or according to your corrupt deeds, O house of Israel,” declares the Lord GOD.’”

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:45 - [fn]Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:46 - “Son of man, set your face toward [fn]Teman, and speak out against the south and prophesy against the forest [fn]land of the Negev,

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:47 - and say to the forest of the Negev, ‘Hear the word of the LORD: thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am about to kindle a fire in you, and it will consume every [fn]green tree in you, as well as every dry tree; the blazing flame will not be quenched and [fn]the whole surface from south to north will be burned by it.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:48 - “All flesh will see that I, the LORD, have kindled it; it shall not be quenched.”’”

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 20:49 - Then I said, “Ah Lord GOD! They are saying of me, ‘Is he not just speaking parables?’”
NASB Footnotes
Literally: men
Hebrew: YHWH, usually rendered LORD, and so throughout the chapter
Literally: lifted up My hand, and so throughout the chapter
Literally: seed
Literally: spied out
Literally: each one
Literally: said
Literally: does
Literally: does
Literally: said
Literally: sons
Literally: do
Literally: said
Literally: after
Literally: that which opens the womb
Or, High Place
Literally: in the way of
Literally: In your lifting up
Literally: upon your spirit
Literally: ground or soil
Or, and afterwards, if you will not listen to Me, but
Or, require
Literally: With
Literally: faces
Ch 21:1 in Heb
Or, the South
Literally: of the field
Literally: moist
Or, all the faces

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