Ezekiel 20:16
New International Version
because they rejected my laws and did not follow my decrees and desecrated my Sabbaths. For their hearts were devoted to their idols.

New Living Translation
For they had rejected my regulations, refused to follow my decrees, and violated my Sabbath days. Their hearts were given to their idols.

English Standard Version
because they rejected my rules and did not walk in my statutes, and profaned my Sabbaths; for their heart went after their idols.

Berean Study Bible
because they kept rejecting My ordinances, refusing to walk in My statutes, and profaning My Sabbaths; for their hearts continually went after their idols.

King James Bible
Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols.

New King James Version
because they despised My judgments and did not walk in My statutes, but profaned My Sabbaths; for their heart went after their idols.

New American Standard Bible
because they rejected My ordinances, and as for My statutes, they did not walk in them; they also profaned My Sabbaths, because their heart continually followed their idols.

NASB 1995
because they rejected My ordinances, and as for My statutes, they did not walk in them; they even profaned My sabbaths, for their heart continually went after their idols.

NASB 1977
because they rejected My ordinances, and as for My statutes, they did not walk in them; they even profaned My sabbaths, for their heart continually went after their idols.

Amplified Bible
because they rejected My ordinances, and as for My statutes, they did not walk in them; they even profaned My Sabbaths, for their heart continually went after their [worthless] idols.

Christian Standard Bible
because they rejected my ordinances, profaned my Sabbaths, and did not follow my statutes. For their hearts went after their idols.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
because they rejected My ordinances, profaned My Sabbaths, and did not follow My statutes. For their hearts went after their idols.

American Standard Version
because they rejected mine ordinances, and walked not in my statutes, and profaned my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because they rejected my judgments and they have severely defiled my Sabbaths, and their heart goes after their idols

Brenton Septuagint Translation
because they rejected mine ordinances, and walked not in my commandments, but profaned my sabbaths, and went after the imaginations of their hearts.

Contemporary English Version
I said this because they had not only ignored my laws and teachings, but had disgraced my Sabbath and worshiped idols.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because they cast off my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, and violated my sabbaths: for their heart went after idols.

English Revised Version
because they rejected my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, and profaned my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols.

Good News Translation
I made the vow because they had rejected my commands, broken my laws, and profaned the Sabbath--they preferred to worship their idols.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They rejected my rules, and they didn't live by my laws. They dishonored the days to worship me, because their hearts chased disgusting idols.

International Standard Version
because they kept on rejecting my ordinances. They didn't live life consistent with my statutes, they profaned my Sabbaths, and their hearts followed their idols.

JPS Tanakh 1917
because they rejected Mine ordinances, and walked not in My statutes, and profaned My sabbaths--for their heart went after their idols.

Literal Standard Version
Because they kicked against My judgments, And they have not walked in My statutes, And they have defiled My Sabbaths, For their heart is going after their idols.

NET Bible
I did this because they rejected my regulations, did not follow my statutes, and desecrated my Sabbaths; for their hearts followed their idols.

New Heart English Bible
because they rejected my ordinances, and didn't walk in my statutes, and profaned my Sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols.

World English Bible
because they rejected my ordinances, and didn't walk in my statutes, and profaned my Sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols.

Young's Literal Translation
Because against My judgments they did kick, And in My statutes they have not walked, And My sabbaths they have polluted, For after their idols their heart is going.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Israel's Rebellion in Egypt
15Moreover, with an uplifted hand I swore to them in the wilderness that I would not bring them into the land that I had given them—a land flowing with milk and honey, the glory of all lands— 16because they kept rejecting My ordinances, refusing to walk in My statutes, and profaning My Sabbaths; for their hearts continually went after their idols. 17Yet I looked on them with pity and did not destroy them or bring them to an end in the wilderness.…

Cross References
Ezekiel 11:21
But as for those whose hearts pursue detestable things and abominations, I will bring their conduct down upon their own heads, declares the Lord GOD."

Ezekiel 14:3
"Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I consult with them in any way?

Ezekiel 20:8
But they rebelled against Me and refused to listen. None of them cast away the abominations before their eyes, and they did not forsake the idols of Egypt. So I resolved to pour out My wrath upon them and vent My anger against them in the land of Egypt.

Ezekiel 20:38
And I will purge you of those who rebel and transgress against Me. I will bring them out of the land in which they dwell, but they will not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD.


Treasury of Scripture

Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols.

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Ezekiel 20:13,14
But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them…

Ezekiel 20:8
But they rebelled against me, and would not hearken unto me: they did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt: then I said, I will pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.

Ezekiel 14:3,4
Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be inquired of at all by them? …

Ezekiel 23:8
Neither left she her whoredoms brought from Egypt: for in her youth they lay with her, and they bruised the breasts of her virginity, and poured their whoredom upon her.









Verse 16. - Their heart went after their idols. The words may point generally to the fact that the idolatrous tendencies of the people, though suppressed, were not really eradicated. The history of Baal-peor (Numbers 25:3-9) shows how ready they were to pass into act, and Amos 5:25, 26 implies a tradition of other like acts during the whole period of the wanderings in the wilderness.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
because
יַ֜עַן (ya·‘an)
Adverb
Strong's 3282: Heed, purpose, to indicate the reason, cause

they kept rejecting
מָאָ֗סוּ (mā·’ā·sū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 3988: To spurn, to disappear

My ordinances,
בְּמִשְׁפָּטַ֣י (bə·miš·pā·ṭay)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style

profaning
חִלֵּ֑לוּ (ḥil·lê·lū)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 2490: To bore, to wound, to dissolve, to profane, to break, to begin, to play

My Sabbaths,
שַׁבְּתוֹתַ֖י (šab·bə·ṯō·w·ṯay)
Noun - common plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 7676: Intermission, the Sabbath

and refusing
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

to walk
הָלְכ֣וּ (hā·lə·ḵū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

in My statutes.
חֻקּוֹתַי֙ (ḥuq·qō·w·ṯay)
Noun - feminine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 2708: Something prescribed, an enactment, statute

For
כִּ֛י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

their hearts
לִבָּ֥ם (lib·bām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

continually went
הֹלֵֽךְ׃ (hō·lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

after
אַחֲרֵ֥י (’a·ḥă·rê)
Preposition
Strong's 310: The hind or following part

their idols.
גִלּוּלֵיהֶ֖ם (ḡil·lū·lê·hem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 1544: A log, an idol


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