Ezekiel 20:35
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New International Version
I will bring you into the wilderness of the nations and there, face to face, I will execute judgment upon you.

New Living Translation
I will bring you into the wilderness of the nations, and there I will judge you face to face.

English Standard Version
And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will enter into judgment with you face to face.

New American Standard Bible
and I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will enter into judgment with you face to face.

King James Bible
And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will lead you into the wilderness of the peoples and enter into judgment with you there face to face.

International Standard Version
I'll bring you into the wilderness of the nations. I'll judge you right there, face to face.

NET Bible
I will bring you into the wilderness of the nations, and there I will enter into judgment with you face to face.

New Heart English Bible
and I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there will I enter into judgment with you face to face.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will bring you into the desert of the nations. There I will put you on trial face to face.

JPS Tanakh 1917
and I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there will I plead with you face to face.

New American Standard 1977
and I shall bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I shall enter into judgment with you face to face.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I will bring you into the wilderness of peoples, and there I will litigate with you face to face.

King James 2000 Bible
And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I enter into judgment with you face to face.

American King James Version
And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face.

American Standard Version
and I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there will I enter into judgment with you face to face.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I will bring you into the wilderness of people, and there will I plead with you face to face.

Darby Bible Translation
and I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there will I enter into judgment with you face to face.

English Revised Version
and I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there will I plead with you face to face.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face.

World English Bible
and I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there will I enter into judgment with you face to face.

Young's Literal Translation
And I have brought you in unto the wilderness of the peoples, And have been judged with you there face to face.
Study Bible
Judgment and Restoration
34"I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you from the lands where you are scattered, with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm and with wrath poured out; 35and I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will enter into judgment with you face to face. 36"As I entered into judgment with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will enter into judgment with you," declares the Lord GOD.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 12:7
"So now, take your stand, that I may plead with you before the LORD concerning all the righteous acts of the LORD which He did for you and your fathers.

Psalm 74:22
Arise, O God, and plead Your own cause; Remember how the foolish man reproaches You all day long.

Isaiah 3:14
The LORD enters into judgment with the elders and princes of His people, "It is you who have devoured the vineyard; The plunder of the poor is in your houses.

Jeremiah 2:9
"Therefore I will yet contend with you," declares the LORD, "And with your sons' sons I will contend.

Jeremiah 25:31
'A clamor has come to the end of the earth, Because the LORD has a controversy with the nations. He is entering into judgment with all flesh; As for the wicked, He has given them to the sword,' declares the LORD."

Ezekiel 17:20
"I will spread My net over him, and he will be caught in My snare. Then I will bring him to Babylon and enter into judgment with him there regarding the unfaithful act which he has committed against Me.

Ezekiel 19:13
'And now it is planted in the wilderness, In a dry and thirsty land.

Ezekiel 20:36
"As I entered into judgment with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will enter into judgment with you," declares the Lord GOD.

Hosea 2:14
"Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Bring her into the wilderness And speak kindly to her.
Treasury of Scripture

And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face.

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Ezekiel 20:36 Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land …

Ezekiel 19:13 And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty ground.

Ezekiel 38:8 After many days you shall be visited: in the latter years you shall …

Hosea 2:14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, …

Micah 4:10 Be in pain, and labor to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a …

Micah 7:13-15 Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell …

Revelation 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she …

and there

Ezekiel 17:20 And I will spread my net on him, and he shall be taken in my snare, …

Ezekiel 38:22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and …

Jeremiah 2:9,35 Why I will yet plead with you, said the LORD, and with your children's …

Hosea 4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, you children of Israel: for the LORD has …

Micah 6:1,2 Hear you now what the LORD said; Arise, contend you before the mountains, …

(35) Into the wilderness of the people.--As in the past there was a period of probation and discipline in the wilderness, so shall there be in the future. The similarity is insisted upon in Ezekiel 20:36, and the phrase "face to face" is taken from Deuteronomy 5:4, not to show that the Lord will interpose again with the same sensible manifestations, but will plead with them in ways equally adapted, in their more advanced condition, to show them His overruling hand. As this phrase is plainly to be understood according to its sense, and not according to the letter, so it is quite idle to attempt to locate "the wilderness of the people" as any material wilderness, as that of Arabia, or that between Babylonia and Palestine. The phrase must mean that wilderness condition of the people, scattered among the nations, in which the Lord will plead with them as He did with their fathers. This might refer, as some commentators think, to the state of the Jews in our own time, dispersed among all nations; but there is nothing in the connection to indicate so distant a future, and it may quite as well refer to the then approaching condition of the people. Already many thousands of them had been carried captive to Babylon; others (see Jeremiah 10:12; Jeremiah 43:5) had been scattered among all the surrounding nations; the mass of the ten tribes had long before been carried by the king of Assyria to other regions; and the large remnant still left in Juda, influenced by their own fears, soon afterwards went down to Egypt. In Ezekiel's own life-time, Israel was scattered widely among all the prominent nations of the earth, and thus brought into the "wilderness of the people."

And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people,.... Into Babylon, and into captivity there, which they thought to avoid by fleeing to other countries. Some think that those inhospitable nations are meant, Syro-media, Caspia, Hyrcania, Iberia, and others, into which many of the Jews were brought, who sought to live elsewhere than at Babylon; and others are of opinion that this respects the time of their return from Babylon to their own land, between which lay a wilderness, here referred to; but perhaps the prophecy respects the present state of the Jews, in which they have continued ever since their destruction by the Romans; through whom they have been brought among the several nations of the world, particularly the Roman empire, compared to a wilderness; and represented as a populous one, as it is, and in which the beast, or antichrist, now is; see Revelation 17:3 and there will I plead with you face to face; judge, condemn, and take vengeance, or inflict punishment on them in the most public manner, as he now does. The Targum is, "and I will take vengeance on you face to face". 35. wilderness of the people—rather, "peoples," the various peoples among whom they were to be scattered, and about whom God saith (Eze 20:34), "I will bring you out." In contrast to the literal "wilderness of Egypt" (Eze 20:36), "the wilderness of the peoples" is their spiritual wilderness period of trial, discipline, and purification while exiled among the nations. As the state when they are "brought into the wilderness of the peoples" and that when they were among the peoples "from" which God was to "bring them out" (Eze 20:34) are distinguished, the wilderness state probably answers partially to the transition period of discipline from the first decree for their restoration by Cyrus to the time of their complete settlement in their land, and the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the temple. But the full and final fulfilment is future; the wilderness state will comprise not only the transition period of their restoration, but the beginning of their occupancy of Palestine, a time in which they shall endure the sorest of all their chastisements, to "purge out the rebels" (Eze 20:38; Da 12:1); and then the remnant (Zec 13:8, 9; 14:2, 3) shall "all serve God in the land" (Eze 20:40). Thus the wilderness period does not denote locality, but their state intervening between their rejection and future restoration.

plead—bring the matter in debate between us to an issue. Image is from a plaintiff in a law court meeting the defendant "face to face." Appropriate, as God in His dealings acts not arbitrarily, but in most righteous justice (Jer 2:9; Mic 6:2).20:33-44 The wicked Israelites, notwithstanding they follow the sinful ways of other nations, shall not mingle with them in their prosperity, but shall be separated from them for destruction. There is no shaking off God's dominion; and those who will not yield to the power of his grace, shall sink under the power of his wrath. But not one of God's jewels shall be lost in the lumber of this world. He will bring the jews to the land of Israel again; and will give them true repentance. They will be overcome with his kindness: the more we know of God's holiness, the more we see the hateful nature of sin. Those who remain unaffected amidst means of grace, and would live without Christ, like the world around them, may be sure it is the way to destruction.
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