Ezek 20:11-24

11I gave them my statutes and showed them my ordinances, by whose observance everyone shall live.12Moreover I gave them my sabbaths, as a sign between me and them, so that they might know that I the Lord sanctify them.13But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness; they did not observe my statutes but rejected my ordinances, by whose observance everyone shall live; and my sabbaths they greatly profaned. Then I thought I would pour out my wrath upon them in the wilderness, to make an end of them.14But I acted for the sake of my name, so that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I had brought them out.15Moreover I swore to them in the wilderness that I would not bring them into the land that I had given them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the most glorious of all lands,16because they rejected my ordinances and did not observe my statutes, and profaned my sabbaths; for their heart went after their idols.17Nevertheless my eye spared them, and I did not destroy them or make an end of them in the wilderness.18I said to their children in the wilderness, Do not follow the statutes of your parents, nor observe their ordinances, nor defile yourselves with their idols.19I the Lord am your God; follow my statutes, and be careful to observe my ordinances,20and hallow my sabbaths that they may be a sign between me and you, so that you may know that I the Lord am your God.21But the children rebelled against me; they did not follow my statutes, and were not careful to observe my ordinances, by whose observance everyone shall live; they profaned my sabbaths. Then I thought I would pour out my wrath upon them and spend my anger against them in the wilderness.22But I withheld my hand, and acted for the sake of my name, so that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I had brought them out.23Moreover I swore to them in the wilderness that I would scatter them among the nations and disperse them through the countries,24because they had not executed my ordinances, but had rejected my statutes and profaned my sabbaths, and their eyes were set on their ancestors' idols.