Ezekiel 20:25
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,

Berean Study Bible
I also gave them over to statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not live.

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;

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

Contemporary English Version
I gave them laws that bring punishment instead of life,

Good News Translation
"Then I gave them laws that are not good and commands that do not bring life.

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.

New Heart English Bible
Moreover also I gave them statutes that were not good, and ordinances in which they should 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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and ordinances whereby they should not live;

New American Standard 1977
“And I also gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances 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;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
So I gave them commandments that were not good, and ordinances in which 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.
Study Bible
Israel's Rebellion in the Wilderness
24For they did not practice My ordinances, but they rejected My statutes and profaned My Sabbaths, fixing their eyes on the idols of their fathers. 25I also gave them over to statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not live. 26And I pronounced them unclean through their gifts—the sacrifice of every firstborn in the fire—so that I might devastate them, in order that they would 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 they became futile in their thinking and darkened in their foolish hearts.

Romans 1:28
Furthermore, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, He gave them up to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.

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

Isaiah 66:4
So I will choose their punishment and I will bring terror upon them, because I called and no one answered, I spoke and no one listened. But they did what was evil in My sight and chose that in which I did not delight."

Treasury of Scripture

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

Romans 1:28
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Ezekiel 20:26,39
And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass through the fire all that openeth the womb, that I might make them desolate, to the end that they might know that I am the LORD…

Ezekiel 14:9-11
And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel…

Deuteronomy 4:27,28
And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you…







Lexicon
I
אֲנִי֙ (’ă·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 589: I

also
וְגַם־ (wə·ḡam-)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

gave
נָתַ֣תִּי (nā·ṯat·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set

them over
לָהֶ֔ם (lā·hem)
Preposition | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew

to statutes
חֻקִּ֖ים (ḥuq·qîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2706: Something prescribed or owed, a statute

that were not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

good
טוֹבִ֑ים (ṭō·w·ḇîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

and ordinances
וּמִ֨שְׁפָּטִ֔ים (ū·miš·pā·ṭîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style

by which
בָּהֶֽם׃ (bā·hem)
Preposition | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew

they could not
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

live.
יִֽחְי֖וּ (yiḥ·yū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2421: To live, to revive
(25) Statutes that were not good.--In this verse the general statement is made of which a particular instance is given in the next. The "statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live," cannot be the same with those described in Ezekiel 20:11 as "judgments which, if a man do, he shall even live in them." They are not, therefore, to be understood (as many of the fathers took them) of any part of the Mosaic law. Neither is it a sufficient explanation to say that God gave them what was intrinsically good, but it became evil to them through their sins; such a view of the law is emphatically discarded in Romans 7:13. The statutes of the Mosaic law are not intended here at all, as is plain from the particular instance of the consecration of children to Moloch in the next verse. These evil statutes and judgments were those adopted from the heathen whom they had suffered to dwell among them, and from the surrounding nations. But how can the Lord say that He gave these to them? In the same way that it is said in Isaiah 63:17, "O Lord, why hast thou made us to err from Thy ways, and hardened our heart from Thy fear?" So also St. Paul says of the heathen (Romans 1:21-28) that God "gave them up to uncleanness," "unto vile affections," "to a reprobate mind;" and of certain wicked persons (2Thessalonians 2:11-12) "God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believe not the truth." And St. Stephen says of these very Israelites at this very time, "God gave them up to worship the host of heaven" (Acts 7:42). It is part of that universal moral government of the world, to which Ezekiel so frequently refers, that the effect of disobedience and neglect of grace is to lead the sinner on to greater sin. The Israelites rebelled against the Divine government, and neglected the grace given them; the natural consequence was that they fell under the influence of the heathen. Comp. Note on Ezekiel 14:9.

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. 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.
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