My sabbaths they greatly profaned; then I said I would pour out My fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them. 14But I wrought for My name's sake, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I brought them out. 15Yet also I lifted up My hand unto 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 beauty of all lands; 16because they rejected Mine ordinances, and walked not in My statutes, and profaned My sabbaths—for their heart went after their idols. 17Nevertheless Mine eye spared them from destroying them, neither did I make a full end of them in the wilderness. 18And I said unto their children in the wilderness: Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their ordinances, nor defile yourselves with their idols; 19I am the Lord your God; walk in My statutes, and keep Mine ordinances, and do them; 20and hallow My sabbaths, and they shall be a sign between Me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God. 21But the children rebelled against Me; they walked not in My statutes, neither kept Mine ordinances to do them, which if a man do, he shall live by them; they profaned My sabbaths; then I said I would pour out My fury upon them, to spend My anger upon them in the wilderness. 22Nevertheless I withdrew My hand, and wrought for My name's sake, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I brought them forth. 23I lifted up My hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the nations, and disperse them through the countries; 24because they had not executed Mine ordinances, but had rejected My statutes, and had profaned My sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers' idols. 25Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and ordinances whereby they should not live; 26and I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they set apart all that openeth the womb, that I might destroy them, to the end that they might know that I am the Lord. 27Therefore, son of man, speak unto the house of Israel, and say unto them: Thus saith the Lord God: In this moreover have your fathers blasphemed Me, in that they dealt treacherously with Me. 28For when I had brought them into the land, which I lifted up My hand to give unto them, then they saw every high hill, and every thick tree, and they offered there their sacrifices, and there they presented the provocation of their offering, there also they made their sweet savour, and there they poured out their drink-offerings. 29Then I said unto them: What meaneth the high place whereunto ye go? So the name thereof is called Bamah unto this day.
30Wherefore say unto the house of Israel: Thus saith the Lord God: When ye pollute yourselves after the manner of your fathers, and go after their abominations, 31and when, in offering your gifts, in making your sons to pass through the fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, unto this day; shall I then be inquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, saith