God refuseth to be consulted by the elders of Israel.
Ezekiel 20:1 And it cometh to pass, in the seventh year, in the fifth [month], in the tenth of the month, come in have certain of the elders of Israel to seek Jehovah, and they sit before me; Ezekiel 20:2 and there is a word of Jehovah unto me, saying, Ezekiel 20:3 'Son of man, speak with the elders of Israel, and thou hast said unto them, Thus said the Lord Jehovah: To seek Me are ye coming in? I liveI am not sought by youan affirmation of the Lord Jehovah. Ezekiel 20:4 Dost thou judge them? Dost thou judge, son of man? The abominations of their fathers cause them to know,
He sheweth the story of their rebellions in Egypt,
Ezekiel 20:5 and thou hast said unto them: Thus said the Lord Jehovah: In the day of My fixing on Israel, I lift up My hand, To the seed of the house of Jacob, And am known to them in the land of Egypt, And I lift up My hand to them, Saying, I [am] Jehovah your God. Ezekiel 20:6 In that day I did lift up My hand to them, To bring them forth from the land of Egypt, Unto a land that I spied out for them, Flowing with milk and honey, A beauty it [is] to all the lands, Ezekiel 20:7 And I say unto them, Let each cast away the detestable things of his eyes, And with the idols of Egypt be not defiled, I [am] Jehovah your God. Ezekiel 20:8 Andthey rebel against Me, And have not been willing to hearken to Me, Each, the detestable things of their eyes, They have not cast away, And the idols of Egypt have not forsaken, And I sayto pour out My fury on them, To complete Mine anger against them, In the midst of the land of Egypt. Ezekiel 20:9 And I do [it] for My name's sake, Not to pollute [it] before the eyes of the nations, In whose midst they [are], Before whose eyes I became known to them, To bring them out from the land of Egypt.
in the wilderness,
Ezekiel 20:10 And I bring them out of the land of Egypt, And I bring them in unto the wilderness, Ezekiel 20:11 And I give to them My statutes, And my judgments I caused them to know, Which the man who dothliveth by them. Ezekiel 20:12 And also My sabbaths I have given to them, To be for a sign between Me and them, To know that I [am] Jehovah their sanctifier. Ezekiel 20:13 Andrebel against me do the house of Israel in the wilderness, In My statutes they have not walked, And My judgments they have despised, Which the man who dothliveth by them. And My sabbaths they have greatly polluted, And I say to pour out My fury on them in the wilderness, to consume them. Ezekiel 20:14 And I do [it] for My name's sake, Not to pollute [it] before the eyes of the nations, Before whose eyes I brought them forth. Ezekiel 20:15 And also, I, I have lifted up My hand to them in the wilderness, Not to bring them in to the land that I had given, Flowing with milk and honey, A beauty it [is] to all the lands, Ezekiel 20:16 Because against My judgments they did kick, And in My statutes they have not walked, And My sabbaths they have polluted, For after their idols their heart is going. Ezekiel 20:17 And Mine eye hath pity on themagainst destroying them, And I have not made of them an end in the wilderness. Ezekiel 20:18 And I say to their sons in the wilderness: In the statutes of your fathers ye walk not, And their judgments ye do not observe, And with their idols ye are not defiled. Ezekiel 20:19 I [am] Jehovah your God, in My statutes walk, And My judgments observe, and do them, Ezekiel 20:20 And My sabbaths sanctify, And they have been for a sign between Me and you, To know that I, Jehovah, [am] your God. Ezekiel 20:21 Andthe sons rebel against Me, In My statutes they have not walked, And My judgments they have not observedto do them, Which the man who dothliveth by them. My sabbaths they have polluted, And I say to pour out My fury upon them, To complete Mine anger against them in the wilderness. Ezekiel 20:22 And I have turned back My hand, And I do [it] for My name's sake, Not to pollute [it] before the eyes of the nations, Before whose eyes I brought them out. Ezekiel 20:23 I also, I have lifted up My hand to them in the wilderness, To scatter them among nations, And to spread them through lands. Ezekiel 20:24 Because My judgments they have not done, And My statutes they have despised, And My sabbaths they have polluted, And after idols of their fathers have their eyes been. Ezekiel 20:25 And I also, I have given to them statutes not good, And judgments by which they do not live. Ezekiel 20:26 And I defile them by their own gifts, By causing to pass away every opener of a womb, So that I make them desolate, So that they know that I [am] Jehovah.
and in the land.
Ezekiel 20:27 Therefore, speak unto the house of Israel, son of man, and thou hast said unto them, Thus said the Lord Jehovah: Still in this have your fathers reviled Me, In their committing against Me a trespass. Ezekiel 20:28 And I bring them in unto the land, That I did lift up My hand to give to them, And they see every high hill, and every thick tree, And they sacrifice there their sacrifices, And give there the provocation of their offering, And make there their sweet fragrance, And they pour out there their libations. Ezekiel 20:29 And I say unto them: What [is] the high place whither ye are going in? And its name is called 'high place' to this day. Ezekiel 20:30 Therefore, say unto the house of Israel: Thus said the Lord Jehovah: In the way of your fathers are ye defiled? And after their detestable things go a-whoring? Ezekiel 20:31 And in the offering of your gifts, In causing your sons to pass through fire, Ye are defiled by all your idols to this day, And I am sought by you, O house of Israel! I livean affirmation of the Lord Jehovah, I am not sought by you. Ezekiel 20:32 And that which is going up on your mind, It is not at allin that ye are saying: We will be as the nations, as the families of the lands, To serve wood and stone.
He promiseth to gather them by the Gospel.
Ezekiel 20:33 I livean affirmation of the Lord Jehovah, Do not I, with a strong hand, And with a stretched-out arm, And with fury poured outrule over you? Ezekiel 20:34 And I have brought you forth from the peoples, And assembled you from the lands In which ye have been scattered, With a strong hand and with a stretched-out arm, And with fury poured out. Ezekiel 20:35 And I have brought you in unto the wilderness of the peoples, And have been judged with you there face to face. Ezekiel 20:36 As I was judged with your fathers, In the wilderness of the land of Egypt, So I am judged with you, An affirmation of the Lord Jehovah. Ezekiel 20:37 And I have caused you to pass under the rod, And brought you into the bond of the covenant, Ezekiel 20:38 And cleared out from you the rebels, And them transgressing against Me, From the land of their sojournings I bring them out, And unto the land of Israel they come not, And ye have known that I [am] Jehovah. Ezekiel 20:39 And ye, O house of Israel, thus said the Lord Jehovah: Each his idolsgoserve ye, And, afterwards, if ye are not hearkening to me, And My holy name ye do not pollute any more by your gifts, and by your idols. Ezekiel 20:40 For, in My holy mountain, In the mountain of the height of Israel, An affirmation of the Lord Jehovah, There serve Me do all the house of Israel, All of it, in the landthere I accept them, And there I do seek your heave-offerings, And with the first-fruit of your gifts, With all your holy things. Ezekiel 20:41 With sweet fragrance I do accept you, In My bringing you out from the peoples, And I have assembled you from the lands In which ye have been scattered, And I have been sanctified in you Before the eyes of the nations. Ezekiel 20:42 And ye have known that I [am] Jehovah, In My bringing you to the ground of Israel, Unto the land that I did lift up My hand To give it to your fathers, Ezekiel 20:43 And ye have remembered there your ways, And all your doings, In which ye have been defiled, And ye have been loathsome in your own faces, For all your evils that ye have done. Ezekiel 20:44 And ye have known that I [am] Jehovah, In My dealing with you for My name's sake, Not according to your evil ways, And according to your corrupt doings, O house of Israel, An affirmation of the Lord Jehovah.'
Under the name of a forest he sheweth the destruction of Jerusalem.
Ezekiel 20:45 And there is a word of Jehovah unto me, saying, Ezekiel 20:46 Son of man, set thy face the way of Teman, and prophesy unto the south, and prophesy unto the forest of the fieldthe south; Ezekiel 20:47 and thou hast said to the forest of the south: Hear a word of Jehovah: Thus said the Lord Jehovah: Lo, I am kindling in thee a fire, And it hath devoured in thee every moist tree, and every dry tree, Not quenched is the glowing flames, And burnt by it have been all faces from south to north. Ezekiel 20:48 And seen have all flesh, that I, Jehovah, have kindled itit is not quenched.' Ezekiel 20:49 And I say, 'Ah, Lord Jehovah, They are saying of me, Is he not using similes?