Ezekiel 14:5
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New International Version
I will do this to recapture the hearts of the people of Israel, who have all deserted me for their idols.'

New Living Translation
I will do this to capture the minds and hearts of all my people who have turned from me to worship their detestable idols.'

English Standard Version
that I may lay hold of the hearts of the house of Israel, who are all estranged from me through their idols.

New American Standard Bible
in order to lay hold of the hearts of the house of Israel who are estranged from Me through all their idols."'

King James Bible
That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that I may take hold of the house of Israel by their hearts. They are all estranged from Me because of their idols."

International Standard Version
I'll do this in order to capture the hearts of Israel's house who have become alienated from me due to all of their idols."'"

NET Bible
I will do this in order to capture the hearts of the house of Israel, who have alienated themselves from me on account of all their idols.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will do this to recapture the hearts of the nation of Israel. They have deserted me because of their disgusting idols.'

Jubilee Bible 2000
that I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

King James 2000 Bible
That I may seize the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

American King James Version
That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

American Standard Version
that I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That the house of Israel may be caught in their own heart, with which they have departed from me through all their idols.

Darby Bible Translation
that I may take the house of Israel by their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

English Revised Version
that I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

Webster's Bible Translation
That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

World English Bible
that I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

Young's Literal Translation
in order to catch the house of Israel by their heart, in that they have become estranged from off me by their idols -- all of them.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:1-11 No outward form or reformation can be acceptable to God, so long as any idol possesses the heart; yet how many prefer their own devices and their own righteousness, to the way of salvation! Men's corruptions are idols in their hearts, and are of their own setting up; God will let them take their course. Sin renders the sinner odious in the eyes of the pure and holy God; and in his own eyes also, whenever conscience is awakened. Let us seek to be cleansed from the guilt and pollution of sins, in that fountain which the Lord has opened.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - That I may take the house of Israel, etc. The words me a threat rather than a promise. The "double-hearted" shall be taken in the snare which they have made for themselves.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart,.... By which they are ensnared, and drawn aside to their ruin; being given up to strong delusions, to believe a lie, and worship idols; God threatening to answer them by righteous judgments, and thereby take the wickedness, the hypocrisy, and idolatry, that were in their hearts, and expose and make it manifest unto others; or, by punishing them, to draw out the corruption and sin that were in them, that it might be seen what a wicked people they were. The Targum interprets the text in another way,

"that I may bring near the house of Israel, and put repentance into their hearts;''

because they are all estranged from me through their idols; they grew shy of God and his worship, when they fell into idolatry. Alienation from God, from the life of God, from the law of God, from the worship of God, and of the affections from him, is owing to some idol or another set up in the heart, or before the eye; whatever is worshipped besides God, or gains the ascendant in the heart, alienates from him; and God will not admit of a rival, he cannot and will not bear it; and for this reason he inflicts punishment, or answers in a terrible way.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. That I may take—that is, unveil and overtake with punishment the dissimulation and impiety of Israel hid in their own heart. Or, rather, "That I may punish them by answering them after their own hearts"; corresponding to "according to the multitude of his idols" (see on [1037]Eze 14:4); an instance is given in Eze 14:9; Ro 1:28; 2Th 2:11, God giving them up in wrath to their own lie.

idols—though pretending to "inquire" of Me, "in their hearts" they are "estranged from Me," and love "idols."

Ezekiel 14:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Idolatrous Elders Condemned
4"Therefore speak to them and tell them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Any man of the house of Israel who sets up his idols in his heart, puts right before his face the stumbling block of his iniquity, and then comes to the prophet, I the LORD will be brought to give him an answer in the matter in view of the multitude of his idols, 5in order to lay hold of the hearts of the house of Israel who are estranged from Me through all their idols."' 6"Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Repent and turn away from your idols and turn your faces away from all your abominations.…
Cross References
Isaiah 1:4
Woe to the sinful nation, a people whose guilt is great, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him.

Jeremiah 2:11
Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols.

Jeremiah 17:10
"I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve."

Zechariah 7:12
They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the LORD Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the LORD Almighty was very angry.

Zechariah 11:8
In one month I got rid of the three shepherds. The flock detested me, and I grew weary of them
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That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

I may

Ezekiel 14:9,10 And if the prophet be deceived when he has spoken a thing, I the …

Hosea 10:2 Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall …

Zechariah 7:11-14 But they refused to listen, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped …

2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power …

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Deuteronomy 32:15,16 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: you are waxen fat, you are grown …

Isaiah 1:4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, …

Jeremiah 2:5,11-13,31,32 Thus said the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, …

Zechariah 11:8 Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul loathed …

Romans 1:21-23,28,30 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, …

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject …

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that …

Ephesians 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life …

Colossians 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by …

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