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You are to tell them the following.

This is what the Lord God says. On the day when I chose Israel, when I swore with an uplifted hand to the descendants[a] of the house of Jacob, when I made myself known to them in the land of Egypt, then I lifted up my hand to them in an oath. I said, “I am the Lord, your God.” On that day I swore to them with an uplifted hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt to a land that I had searched out for them, a land flowing with milk and honey. It was the most glorious of all the lands. I said to them, “Each man must throw away the loathsome things he sets his eyes on. You must not defile yourselves with the filthy idols[b] of Egypt. I am the Lord, your God.”

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Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 20:5 Literally seed
  2. Ezekiel 20:7 More literally manure gods. See the note at 6:4.

and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On the day I chose(A) Israel, I swore with uplifted hand(B) to the descendants of Jacob and revealed myself to them in Egypt. With uplifted hand I said to them, “I am the Lord your God.(C) On that day I swore(D) to them that I would bring them out of Egypt into a land I had searched out for them, a land flowing with milk and honey,(E) the most beautiful of all lands.(F) And I said to them, “Each of you, get rid of the vile images(G) you have set your eyes on, and do not defile yourselves with the idols(H) of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.(I)

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