Bible: Ezekiel 11:14-21

11:14 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 11:15 Son of man, your brothers, 1  your relatives, 2  and the whole house of Israel, all of them are those to whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem 3  have said, ‘They have gone 4  far away from the Lord; to us this land has been given as a possession.’

11:16Therefore say: ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Although I have removed them far away among the nations and have dispersed them among the countries, I have been a little 5  sanctuary for them among the lands where they have gone.’

11:17Therefore say: ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: When I regather you from the peoples and assemble you from the lands where you have been dispersed, I will give you back the country of Israel.’

11:18When they return to it, they will remove from it all its detestable things and all its abominations. 11:19 I will give them one heart and I will put a new spirit within them; 6  I will remove the hearts of stone from their bodies 7  and I will give them tender hearts, 8  11:20 so that they may follow my statutes and observe my regulations and carry them out. Then they will be my people, and I will be their God. 9  11:21 But those whose hearts are devoted to detestable things and abominations, I hereby repay them for what they have done, 10  says the sovereign Lord.”

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