Ezekiel 20:29
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New International Version
Then I said to them: What is this high place you go to?'" (It is called Bamah to this day.)

New Living Translation
I said to them, 'What is this high place where you are going?' (This kind of pagan shrine has been called Bamah--'high place'--ever since.)

English Standard Version
(I said to them, ‘What is the high place to which you go?’ So its name is called Bamah to this day.)

Berean Study Bible
So I asked them: What is this high place to which you go?’ (And to this day it is called Bamah. )

New American Standard Bible
"Then I said to them, 'What is the high place to which you go?' So its name is called Bamah to this day."'

King James Bible
Then I said unto them, What is the high place whereunto ye go? And the name thereof is called Bamah unto this day.

Christian Standard Bible
So I asked them, "What is this high place you are going to?" And it is still called Bamah today.'

Contemporary English Version
I asked them where they went to worship those gods, and they answered, "At the local shrines." And those places of worship are still called shrines.

Good News Translation
I asked them: What are these high places where you go? So they have been called 'High Places' ever since.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So I asked them: What is this high place you are going to? And it is called High Place to this day."

International Standard Version
So I asked them, 'What is the high place to which you're going?' That's why the name of the place has been called Bamah to this day."'

NET Bible
So I said to them, What is this high place you go to?'" (So it is called "High Place" to this day.)

New Heart English Bible
Then I said to them, 'What does the high place where you go mean?' So its name is called Bamah to this day."'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then I asked them, "What is this worship site you're going to?' " (So it is still called 'worship site' today.)

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then I said unto them: What meaneth the high place whereunto ye go? So the name thereof is called Bamah unto this day.

New American Standard 1977
“Then I said to them, ‘What is the high place to which you go?’ So its name is called Bamah to this day.”’

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then I said unto them, What is the high place unto which ye go? And its name is called Bamah unto this day.

King James 2000 Bible
Then I said unto them, What is the high place to which you go? And its name is called Bamah unto this day.

American King James Version
Then I said to them, What is the high place whereunto you go? And the name whereof is called Bamah to this day.

American Standard Version
Then I said unto them, What meaneth the high place whereunto ye go? So the name thereof is called Bamah unto this day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I said to them: What meaneth the high place to which you go? and the name thereof was called High-place even to this day.

Darby Bible Translation
And I said unto them, What is the high place whither ye go? And the name thereof is called Bamah unto this day.

English Revised Version
Then I said unto them, What meaneth the high place whereunto ye go? So the name thereof is called Bamah unto this day.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then I said to them, What is the high place to which ye go? and its name is called Bamah to this day.

World English Bible
Then I said to them, What does the high place where you go mean? So its name is called Bamah to this day.

Young's Literal Translation
And I say unto them: What is the high place whither ye are going in? And its name is called 'high place' to this day.
Study Bible
Israel's Rebellion in the Land
28When I brought them into the land that I swore to give them and they saw any high hill or leafy tree, there they offered their sacrifices, presented offerings that provoked me, sent up their fragrant incense, and poured out their drink offerings. 29So I asked them: What is this high place to which you go?’ (And to this day it is called Bamah. 30Therefore tell the house of Israel that this is what the Lord GOD says: ‘Will you defile yourselves the way your fathers did, prostituting yourselves with their abominations?…
Cross References
Ezekiel 16:24
you built yourself a mound and made yourself a lofty shrine in every public square.

Ezekiel 20:28
When I brought them into the land that I swore to give them and they saw any high hill or leafy tree, there they offered their sacrifices, presented offerings that provoked me, sent up their fragrant incense, and poured out their drink offerings.

Ezekiel 20:30
Therefore tell the house of Israel that this is what the Lord GOD says: 'Will you defile yourselves the way your fathers did, prostituting yourselves with their abominations?

Treasury of Scripture

Then I said to them, What is the high place whereunto you go? And the name whereof is called Bamah to this day.

I said, or I told them what the high place was, or, Bamah
And the

Ezekiel 16:24,25,31 That you have also built to you an eminent place, and have made you …

(29) Is called Bamah.--Bamah itself means high place. Some have fancied that the word is derived from the two words "go" and "where," and therefore that it contains a play upon the question in the first part of the verse; but this etymology must be considered fanciful.

Verse 29. - What is the high place, etc.? Bamah, in the plural Bamoth, was the Hebrew for "high place." At first it was applied to the hill on which some local sanctuary stood (1 Samuel 9:12; 1 Kings 3:4), but was gradually extended, after the building of the temple as the one appointed sanctuary, to other places which were looked upon as sacred, and which became the scenes of an idolatrous and forbidden worship. Ezekiel emphasizes his scorn by a conjectural derivation of the word, as if derived from the two words ba ("go") and mah ("whither"); or, perhaps, What comes? (comp. Exodus 16:15 for a parallel derivation of the word marones). Taking the words in their ordinary sense, they seem to express only a slight degree of contempt. "What, then, is the place to which you go?" - what is the "whither" to which it leads? But I incline (with Ewald and Smend) to see in the word "go into" the meaning which it has in Genesis 16:2 and Genesis 19:31, and elsewhere, as a euphemism for sexual union. So later the word "Bamah" becomes a witness that those who worship in the high place go there (as in ver. 30) to commit whoredom literally and spiritually. Its name showed that it was what I have called "a chapel of prostitution" (ch. 16:24, 25). Then I said unto them,.... By his prophets that he sent unto them:

what is the high place where, unto you go? what is the name of it? what is the use of it? to what end do you go there? is there not an altar built by my order and command to sacrifice upon is this high place better than that? does it answer a better end and purpose?

and the name thereof is called Bamah unto this day; or a high place. The Septuagint also leaves the word untranslated, and calls it Abama; and the Arabic version Abbana; so they called their altars after the Gentiles, by whom they are called nor were they ashamed of it, but persisted in so calling them, from the first use of them to the present time. These are often called, Bamah and Bamot in the books of Kings. Jarchi says it is a term of reproach, as if it was said, Bamah----in what is it to be accounted of? 29. What is the high place whereunto ye go?—What is the meaning of this name? For My altar is not so called. What excellence do ye see in it, that ye go there, rather than to My temple, the only lawful place of sacrificing? The very name, "high place," convicts you of sinning, not from ignorance but perverse rebellion.

is called … unto this day—whereas this name ought to have been long since laid aside, along with the custom of sacrificing on high places which it represents, being borrowed from the heathen, who so called their places of sacrifice (the Greeks, for instance, called them by a cognate term, Bomoi), whereas I call mine Mizbeaach, "altar." The very name implies the place is not that sanctioned by Me, and therefore your sacrifices even to ME there (much more those you offer to idols) are only a "provocation" to Me (Eze 20:28; De 12:1-5). David and others, it is true, sacrificed to God on high places, but it was under exceptional circumstances, and before the altar was set up on Mount Moriah.20:27-32 The Jews persisted in rebellion after they settled in the land of Canaan. And these elders seem to have thought of uniting with the heathen. We make nothing by our profession if it be but a profession. There is nothing got by sinful compliances; and the carnal projects of hypocrites will stand them in no stead.
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