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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.

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