Ezekiel 20:25
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New International Version
So I gave them other statutes that were not good and laws through which they could not live;

New Living Translation
I gave them over to worthless decrees and regulations that would not lead to life.

English Standard Version
Moreover, I gave them statutes that were not good and rules by which they could not have life,

New American Standard Bible
"I also gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not live;

King James Bible
Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I also gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances they could not live by.

International Standard Version
So I gave them statutes that weren't good and ordinances by which they could not live.

NET Bible
I also gave them decrees which were not good and regulations by which they could not live.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I also allowed them to follow laws that were no good and rules by which they could not live.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For this reason I also gave them statutes that were not good and rights by which they could not live,

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments by which they should not live;

American King James Version
Why I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live;

American Standard Version
Moreover also I gave them statutes that were not good, and ordinances wherein they should not live;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore I also gave them statutes that were not good, and judgments, in which they shall not live.

Darby Bible Translation
And I also gave them statutes that were not good, and ordinances whereby they should not live;

English Revised Version
Moreover also I gave them statutes that were not good, and judgments wherein they should not live;

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments by which they should not live;

World English Bible
Moreover also I gave them statutes that were not good, and ordinances in which they should not live;

Young's Literal Translation
And I also, I have given to them statutes not good, And judgments by which they do not live.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

20:10-26. The history of Israel in the wilderness is referred to in the new Testament as well as in the Old, for warning. God did great things for them. He gave them the law, and revived the ancient keeping of the sabbath day. Sabbaths are privileges; they are signs of our being his people. If we do the duty of the day, we shall find, to our comfort, it is the Lord that makes us holy, that is, truly happy, here; and prepares us to be happy, that is, perfectly holy, hereafter. The Israelites rebelled, and were left to the judgments they brought upon themselves. God sometimes makes sin to be its own punishment, yet he is not the Author of sin: there needs no more to make men miserable, than to give them up to their own evil desires and passions.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 25. - I gave them also statutes that were not good, etc. The words have sometimes been understood as though Ezekiel applied these terms to the Law itself, either as speaking of what St. Paul calls its "weak and beggarly elements" (Galatians 4:9), or as unable to work out the righteousness which it commanded (Romans 3:20), and the language of Hebrews 7:19 and Hebrews 10:1 has been urged in support of this view. One who has studied Ezekiel with any care will not need many words to show that such a conclusion was not in his thoughts at all. For him the Law was "holy and just and good," and its statutes such that a man who should keep them should even live in them (vers. 13, 21). He is speaking of the time that followed on the second publication of that Law, and what he Says is that the people who rebelled against it were left, as it were, to a law of another kind. The baser, darker forms of idolatry are described by him, with a grave irony, as statutes and judgments of another kind, working, not life, but death. Sin became, by God's appointment, the punishment of sin, that it might be manifest as exceeding sinful. So Stephen says of Israel that "God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven" (Acts 7:42). So St. Paul paints the corruptions of the heathen world as the result of God's giving them up to "vile affections" (Romans 1:24, 25). So in God's future dealings with an apostate form of Christianity, the same apostle declares that "God shall send them strong delusions that they should believe a lie" (2 Thessalonians 2:11). Psalm 81:12 may have been in Ezekiel's thoughts as asserting the same general law.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good,.... Yea, were very bad; not the moral law, and the statutes of it; for that is holy, just, and good, though the killing letter and ministration of condemnation and death to the transgressors of it; indeed those laws were both good and bad to different persons, as Abendana observes; good to those that observed them, but not good to those that transgressed them, the issue of which was death: rather these were the statutes and rites of the ceremonial law, which were not in their own nature good; nor did they arise from the nature and holiness of God, but from his will; and though very good and useful under the legal dispensation, until the Messiah came, especially when attended to by faith, and with a view to him; yet had the sanction of death to many of them, that a man could not live by them: but it may be, the punishments inflicted on them for their sins, by the plague, by fire, and by serpents, are meant; which may be called "statutes" and "judgments", because ordered and appointed by the Lord, and according to justice: or, as many, both Jews and Christians, think, the idolatrous laws, usages, and customs of other nations, the traditions of their fathers, their wicked laws and statutes, and their own; which, being left to a reprobate mind, they were suffered to walk in, to their hurt and ruin; which is sometimes the sense of the word give; and so here, he "gave", that is, he permitted them to observe such statutes; and this sense is countenanced and confirmed by Ezekiel 20:26; to which agrees Jarchi's note,

"I delivered them into the hand of their imagination (or corrupt nature) to stumble at their iniquity;''

see Romans 1:28. Kimchi interprets them of laws, decrees, tribute, and taxes, imposed upon them by their enemies that conquered them. The Targum is,

"and I also, when they rebelled against my word, and would not obey my prophets, cast them far off, and delivered them into the hands of their enemies; and they went after their foolish imagination, and made decrees which were not right:''

and judgments, whereby they should not live; yea, which were deadly and destructive to them; which brought ruin, destruction, and death upon them; for more is designed than is expressed: this was the effect of following the customs of the nations, and of walking in the statutes of their fathers, and of their own; whereas, had they walked according to the judgments and statutes of God, moral and ceremonial, they had lived comfortably and prosperously.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

25. I gave them … statutes … not good—Since they would not follow My statutes that were good, "I gave them" their own (Eze 20:18) and their fathers' "which were not good"; statutes spiritually corrupting, and, finally, as the consequence, destroying them. Righteous retribution (Ps 81:12; Ho 8:11; Ro 1:24; 2Th 2:11). Eze 20:39 proves this view to be correct (compare Isa 63:17). Thus on the plains of Moab (Nu 25:1-18), in chastisement for the secret unfaithfulness to God in their hearts, He permitted Baal's worshippers to tempt them to idolatry (the ready success of the tempters, moreover, proving the inward unsoundness of the tempted); and this again ended necessarily in punitive judgments.

Ezekiel 20:25 Additional Commentaries
Context
Rebellion in the Desert
24because they had not observed My ordinances, but had rejected My statutes and had profaned My sabbaths, and their eyes were on the idols of their fathers. 25"I also gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not live; 26and I pronounced them unclean because of their gifts, in that they caused all their firstborn to pass through the fire so that I might make them desolate, in order that they might know that I am the LORD."'
Cross References
Romans 1:21
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

Romans 1:28
Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.

Psalm 81:12
So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.

Isaiah 66:4
so I also will choose harsh treatment for them and will bring on them what they dread. For when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, no one listened. They did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me."
Treasury of Scripture

Why I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live;

I gave The simple meaning of this place is, that when the Israelites had rebelled against God, despised his statutes, and polluted his sabbaths, in effect cast him off, and given themselves up wholly to their idols, then He, in a just judgment for their disobedience abandoned them, `gave them up to a reprobate mind,'

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God …

and suffered them to walk after the idolatrous, cruel, and impious customs and ordinances of the heathen; by which they were ripened for the destruction which he intended to bring upon them, that they might learn to know God by his judgments, seeing they had despised his mercies. In the same sense God is said judicially to `send a strong delusion, that they should believe a lie' to those who `received not the love of the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.'

Ezekiel 20:26,39 And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass …

Ezekiel 14:9-11 And if the prophet be deceived when he has spoken a thing, I the …

Deuteronomy 4:27,28 And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and you shall be …

Deuteronomy 28:36 The LORD shall bring you, and your king which you shall set over …

Psalm 81:12 So I gave them up to their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their …

Isaiah 66:4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears on …

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

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

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