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Intheseventhyear, inthefifthmonth, thetenthdayofthemonth, some oftheeldersofIsraelcametoinquireofYahweh, andsatbeforeme.
Yahweh’s wordcametome, saying, “Sonofman, speaktotheeldersofIsrael, andtellthem, ‘TheLordYahwehsays: “Isittoinquireofmethatyouhavecome? AsIlive,” saystheLordYahweh, “Iwillnotbeinquiredofbyyou.” ’
“Willyoujudgethem, sonofman? Willyoujudgethem? Cause themtoknowtheabominationsoftheir fathers. Tellthem, ‘TheLordYahwehsays: “InthedaywhenIchoseIsrael, andsworetotheoffspringofthehouseofJacob, andmademyselfknowntotheminthe land ofEgypt, whenIsworetothem, saying, ‘IamYahwehyourGod;’ inthatdayIsworetothemtobringthemoutofthe land ofEgyptintoa land thatIhadsearchedoutforthem, flowingwithmilkandhoney, whichisthegloryofall lands. I said tothem, ‘Each ofyouthrowawaytheabominationsofhiseyes. Don’t defileyourselveswiththeidolsofEgypt. IamYahwehyourGod.’
“ ‘ “Buttheyrebelledagainstmeand wouldn’t listentome. They didn’t allthrowawaytheabominationsoftheireyes. Theyalso didn’t forsaketheidolsofEgypt. ThenIsaidI would pouroutmywrathonthem, toaccomplishmyangeragainsttheminthemiddleofthe land ofEgypt. ButIworkedformyname’s sake, thatitshouldnotbeprofanedinthesightofthenationsamongwhichtheywere, inwhosesightImademyselfknowntotheminbringingthemoutofthe land ofEgypt. 10 SoI caused themtogooutofthe land ofEgyptandbroughtthemintothewilderness. 11 Igavethemmystatutesandshowedthemmyordinances, which if amandoes, hewillliveinthem. 12 MoreoveralsoIgavethemmySabbaths, tobea sign betweenmeandthem, thattheymightknowthatIamYahwehwhosanctifiesthem.
13 “ ‘ “ButthehouseofIsraelrebelledagainstmeinthewilderness. They didn’t walkinmystatutesandtheyrejectedmyordinances, which if a man keeps, heshallliveinthem. TheygreatlyprofanedmySabbaths. ThenI said Iwouldpouroutmywrathontheminthewilderness, toconsumethem. 14 ButIworkedformyname’s sake, thatitshouldnotbeprofanedinthesightofthenations, inwhosesightIbroughtthemout. 15 MoreoveralsoIsworetotheminthewildernessthatIwouldnotbringthemintothe land whichIhadgiventhem, flowingwithmilkandhoney, whichisthegloryofall lands, 16 becausetheyrejectedmyordinances, and didn’t walkinmystatutes, andprofanedmySabbaths; fortheirheartwentaftertheiridols. 17 Nevertheless myeyesparedthem, andI didn’t destroythem. I didn’t makeafullendoftheminthewilderness. 18 I said totheirchildreninthewilderness, ‘Don’t walkinthestatutesofyour fathers. Don’t observetheirordinancesordefileyourselveswiththeiridols. 19 IamYahwehyourGod. Walkinmystatutes, keepmyordinances, anddothem. 20 MakemySabbathsholy. Theyshallbea sign betweenmeandyou, thatyoumayknowthatIamYahwehyourGod.’
21 “ ‘ “Butthechildrenrebelledagainstme. They didn’t walkinmystatutes, and didn’t keepmyordinancestodothem, whichifamandoes, heshallliveinthem. TheyprofanedmySabbaths. ThenI said Iwouldpouroutmywrathonthem, toaccomplishmyangeragainsttheminthewilderness. 22 Nevertheless Iwithdrewmyhandandworkedformyname’s sake, thatitshouldnotbeprofanedinthesightofthenations, inwhosesightIbroughtthemout. 23 MoreoverIsworetotheminthewilderness, thatI would scatterthem among thenationsanddispersethemthroughthe countries, 24 becausetheyhadnotexecutedmyordinances, buthadrejectedmystatutes, andhadprofanedmySabbaths, andtheireyeswereaftertheir fathers’ idols. 25 MoreoveralsoIgavethemstatutesthatwerenotgood, andordinancesinwhichthey couldn’t live. 26 Ipollutedthemintheir own gifts, inthattheycausedallthat opens thewombtopassthroughthe fire, thatImightmakethemdesolate, totheendthattheymightknowthatIamYahweh.” ’
27 “Therefore, sonofman, speaktothehouseofIsrael, andtellthem, ‘TheLordYahwehsays: “Moreover, inthisyour fathers haveblasphemedme, inthattheyhavecommittedatrespassagainstme. 28 ForwhenIhadbroughtthemintothe land whichIsworetogivetothem, thentheysaweveryhighhillandeverythicktree, andtheyofferedtheretheirsacrifices, andtheretheypresentedtheprovocationoftheiroffering. Theretheyalsomadetheir pleasant aroma, andtheretheypouredouttheirdrinkofferings. 29 ThenIsaidtothem, ‘Whatdoesthehighplacewhereyou go mean?’ SoitsnameiscalledBamah“Bamah” means “High Place”.tothisday.” ’
30 “Therefore tell thehouseofIsrael, ‘TheLordYahwehsays: “Doyoupolluteyourselvesinthewayofyour fathers? Doyouplaytheprostituteaftertheirabominations? 31 Whenyouofferyourgifts, whenyoumakeyoursonspassthroughthe fire, doyoupolluteyourselveswithallyouridolstothisday? ShouldIbeinquiredofbyyou, houseofIsrael? AsIlive, saystheLordYahweh, Iwillnotbeinquiredofbyyou!
32 “ ‘ “Thatwhichcomesintoyourmindwillnotbeatall, inthatyou say, ‘We willbeasthenations, asthefamiliesofthe countries, toservewoodand stone.’ 33 AsIlive,” saystheLordYahweh, “surelywithamightyhand, withanoutstretchedarm, andwithwrathpouredout, Iwillbekingoveryou. 34 Iwillbringyououtfromthepeoples, andwillgatheryououtofthe countries inwhichyouarescatteredwithamightyhand, withanoutstretchedarm, andwithwrathpouredout. 35 Iwill bring youintothewildernessofthepeoples, andthereIwillenterintojudgmentwithyoufacetoface. 36 Just asIenteredintojudgmentwithyour fathers inthewildernessofthe land ofEgypt, soIwillenterintojudgmentwithyou,” saystheLordYahweh. 37 “Iwill cause youtopassundertherod, andIwillbringyouintothebondofthecovenant. 38 Iwillpurgeoutfromamongyoutherebelsandthosewho disobey me. Iwillbringthemoutofthe land wherethey live, buttheyshallnot enter intothe land ofIsrael. ThenyouwillknowthatIamYahweh.”
39 “ ‘Asforyou, houseofIsrael, theLordYahwehsays: “Go, everyone servehisidols, and hereafter also, if youwillnotlistentome; butyoushallnomoreprofanemyholynamewithyourgiftsandwithyouridols. 40 Forinmyholymountain, inthemountainoftheheightofIsrael,” saystheLordYahweh, “thereallthehouseofIsrael, allofthem, shallservemeinthe land. ThereIwillacceptthem, andthereIwillrequireyourofferingsandthefirstfruitsofyourofferings, withallyourholythings. 41 Iwillacceptyouasa pleasant aromawhenIbringyououtfromthepeoplesandgatheryououtofthe countries inwhichyouhavebeenscattered. Iwillbesanctifiedinyouinthesightofthenations. 42 YouwillknowthatIamYahwehwhenIbringyouintothe land ofIsrael, intothe country whichIsworetogivetoyour fathers. 43 Thereyouwillrememberyourways, andallyourdeedsinwhichyouhavepollutedyourselves. Thenyouwillloatheyourselvesinyourownsightforallyourevilsthatyouhavecommitted. 44 YouwillknowthatIamYahweh, whenIhavedealtwithyouformyname’s sake, not according toyourevilways, nor according toyourcorruptdoings, youhouseofIsrael,” saystheLordYahweh.’ ”
45 Yahweh’s word came to me, saying, 46 “Son of man, set your face toward the south, and preach toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the field in the south. 47 Tell the forest of the south, ‘Hear Yahweh’s word: The Lord Yahweh says, “Behold, I will kindle a fire in you, and it will devour every green tree in you, and every dry tree. The burning flame will not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north will be burned by it. 48 All flesh will see that I, Yahweh, have kindled it. It will not be quenched.” ’ ”
49 Then I said, “Ah Lord Yahweh! They say of me, ‘Isn’t he a speaker of parables?’ ”

20:29 “Bamah” means “High Place”.