20:30 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Will you defile yourselves like your fathers 1 and engage in prostitution with detestable idols? 20:31 When you present your sacrifices 2 – when you make your sons pass through the fire – you defile yourselves with all your idols to this very day. Will I allow you to seek me, 3 O house of Israel? As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, I will not allow you to seek me! 4
20:32 “‘What you plan 5 will never happen. You say, “We will be 6 like the nations, like the clans of the lands, who serve gods of wood and stone.” 7 20:33 As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, with a powerful hand and an outstretched arm, 8 and with an outpouring of rage, I will be king over you. 20:34 I will bring you out from the nations, and will gather you from the lands where you are scattered, with a powerful hand and an outstretched arm and with an outpouring of rage! 20:35 I will bring you into the wilderness of the nations, and there I will enter into judgment with you face to face. 20:36 Just 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 sovereign Lord. 20:37 I will make you pass under 9 the shepherd’s staff, 10 and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant. 20:38 I will eliminate from among you the rebels and those who revolt 11 against me. I will bring them out from the land where they have been residing, but they will not come to the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord.