39-43 “‘But you, people of Israel, this is the Message of God, the Master, to you: Go ahead, serve your no-god idols! But later, you’ll think better of it and quit throwing filth and mud on me with your pagan offerings and no-god idols. For on my holy mountain, the high mountain of Israel, I, God, the Master, tell you that the entire people of Israel will worship me. I’ll receive them there with open arms. I’ll demand your best gifts and offerings, all your holy sacrifices. What’s more, I’ll receive you as the best kind of offerings when I bring you back from all the lands and countries in which you’ve been scattered. I’ll demonstrate in the eyes of the world that I am The Holy. When I return you to the land of Israel, the land that I solemnly promised with upraised arm to give to your parents, you’ll realize that I am God. Then and there you’ll remember all that you’ve done, the way you’ve lived that has made you so filthy—and you’ll loathe yourselves.

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40 For on my holy mountain, the high mountain of Israel,(A) declares the Sovereign Lord, there in the land all the people of Israel will serve me, and there I will accept them. There I will require your offerings(B) and your choice gifts,[a] along with all your holy sacrifices.(C) 41 I will accept you as fragrant incense(D) when I bring you out from the nations and gather(E) you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will be proved holy(F) through you in the sight of the nations.(G) 42 Then you will know that I am the Lord,(H) when I bring you into the land of Israel,(I) the land I had sworn with uplifted hand to give to your ancestors.(J)

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Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 20:40 Or and the gifts of your firstfruits

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