Ezekiel 20:37
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New International Version
I will take note of you as you pass under my rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant.

King James Bible
And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant:

Darby Bible Translation
And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant.

World English Bible
I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant;

Young's Literal Translation
And I have caused you to pass under the rod, And brought you into the bond of the covenant,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I will cause you to pass under the rod - This alludes to the custom of tithing the sheep. I take it from the rabbins. The sheep were all penned; and the shepherd stood at the door of the fold, where only one sheep could come out at once. He had in his hand a rod dipped in vermillion; and as they came out, he counted one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine; and as the tenth came out, he marked it with the rod, and said, "This is the tenth;" and that was set apart for the Lord.

I wilt bring you into the bond of the covenant - You shall be placed under the same obligations as before, and acknowledge your selves bound; ye shall feel your obligation, and live according to its nature.

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Ezekiel 34:17 And as for you, O my flock, thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the he goats.

Leviticus 27:32 And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatever passes under the rod, the tenth shall be holy to the LORD.

Jeremiah 33:13 In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the vale, and in the cities of the south, and in the land of Benjamin...

Matthew 25:32,33 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another...

I will

Ezekiel 16:59,60 For thus said the Lord GOD; I will even deal with you as you have done, which have despised the oath in breaking the covenant...

Leviticus 26:25 And I will bring a sword on you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when you are gathered together within your cities...

Psalm 89:30-32 If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments...

Amos 3:2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.

the bond. or, a delivering

Ten Reasons Demonstrating the Commandment of the Sabbath to be Moral.
1. Because all the reasons of this commandment are moral and perpetual; and God has bound us to the obedience of this commandment with more forcible reasons than to any of the rest--First, because he foresaw that irreligious men would either more carelessly neglect, or more boldly break this commandment than any other; secondly, because that in the practice of this commandment the keeping of all the other consists; which makes God so often complain that all his worship is neglected or overthrown,
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

There are few subjects on which the Lord's own people are more astray than on the subject of giving. They profess to take the Bible as their own rule of faith and practice, and yet in the matter of Christian finance, the vast majority have utterly ignored its plain teachings and have tried every substitute the carnal mind could devise; therefore it is no wonder that the majority of Christian enterprises in the world today are handicapped and crippled through the lack of funds. Is our giving to be
Arthur W. Pink—Tithing

To a modern taste, Ezekiel does not appeal anything like so powerfully as Isaiah or Jeremiah. He has neither the majesty of the one nor the tenderness and passion of the other. There is much in him that is fantastic, and much that is ritualistic. His imaginations border sometimes on the grotesque and sometimes on the mechanical. Yet he is a historical figure of the first importance; it was very largely from him that Judaism received the ecclesiastical impulse by which for centuries it was powerfully
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Leviticus 27:32
Every tithe of the herd and flock--every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd's rod--will be holy to the LORD.

Jeremiah 33:13
In the towns of the hill country, of the western foothills and of the Negev, in the territory of Benjamin, in the villages around Jerusalem and in the towns of Judah, flocks will again pass under the hand of the one who counts them,' says the LORD.

Ezekiel 16:62
So I will establish my covenant with you, and you will know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 34:25
"'I will make a covenant of peace with them and rid the land of savage beasts so that they may live in the wilderness and sleep in the forests in safety.

Ezekiel 37:26
I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever.

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