15 They rejected his decrees and the covenant(A) he had made with their ancestors and the statutes he had warned them to keep. They followed worthless idols(B) and themselves became worthless.(C) They imitated the nations(D) around them although the Lord had ordered them, “Do not do as they do.”

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17 They refused to listen and failed to remember(A) the miracles(B) you performed among them. They became stiff-necked(C) and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery.(D) But you are a forgiving God,(E) gracious and compassionate,(F) slow to anger(G) and abounding in love.(H) Therefore you did not desert them,(I)

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10 They have returned to the sins of their ancestors,(A) who refused to listen to my words.(B) They have followed other gods(C) to serve them.(D) Both Israel and Judah have broken the covenant(E) I made with their ancestors.

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He said: “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me to this very day.(A)

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47 You not only followed their ways and copied their detestable practices, but in all your ways you soon became more depraved than they.(A) 48 As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign(B) Lord, your sister Sodom(C) and her daughters never did what you and your daughters have done.(D)

49 “‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom:(E) She and her daughters were arrogant,(F) overfed and unconcerned;(G) they did not help the poor and needy.(H) 50 They were haughty(I) and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.(J) 51 Samaria did not commit half the sins you did. You have done more detestable things than they, and have made your sisters seem righteous by all these things you have done.(K)

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11 “But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly(A) they turned their backs(B) and covered their ears.(C)

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