Ezekiel 44:12
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New International Version
But because they served them in the presence of their idols and made the people of Israel fall into sin, therefore I have sworn with uplifted hand that they must bear the consequences of their sin, declares the Sovereign LORD.

King James Bible
Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore have I lifted up mine hand against them, saith the Lord GOD, and they shall bear their iniquity.

Darby Bible Translation
Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and were unto the house of Israel a stumbling-block of iniquity; therefore have I lifted up my hand against them, saith the Lord Jehovah, that they shall bear their iniquity.

World English Bible
Because they ministered to them before their idols, and became a stumbling block of iniquity to the house of Israel; therefore have I lifted up my hand against them, says the Lord Yahweh, and they shall bear their iniquity.

Young's Literal Translation
Because that they serve them before their idols, and have been to the house of Israel for a stumbling-block of iniquity, therefore I have lifted up my hand against them -- an affirmation of the Lord Jehovah -- and they have borne their iniquity.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

And the Levites that are gone away far from me - This refers to the schism of Jeroboam, who, when he set up a new worship, got as many of the priests and Levites to join him in his idolatry as he could. These, on the return from the captivity, should not be permitted to perform the functions of priests in the new temple; but they might be continued as keepers of all the charge of the house - be treasurers, guards of the temple, porters, etc.; see Ezekiel 44:11-15. The whole of these passages refer to the period of time when the second temple was built.

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they ministered

1 Samuel 2:29,30 Why kick you at my sacrifice and at my offering, which I have commanded in my habitation; and honor your sons above me...

2 Kings 16:10-16 And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and saw an altar that was at Damascus...

Isaiah 9:16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you...

Hosea 5:1 Hear you this, O priests; and listen, you house of Israel; and give you ear, O house of the king; for judgment is toward you...

Malachi 2:8,9 But you are departed out of the way; you have caused many to stumble at the law; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi...

caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity. [heb] were for a stumbling block of iniquity unto

Ezekiel 14:3,4 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumbling block of their iniquity before their face...

therefore

Ezekiel 20:6,15,23,28 In the day that I lifted up my hand to them, to bring them forth of the land of Egypt into a land that I had espied for them...

Deuteronomy 32:40-42 For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever...

Psalm 106:26 Therefore he lifted up his hand against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness:

Amos 8:7 The LORD has sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works.

Revelation 10:5,6 And the angel which I saw stand on the sea and on the earth lifted up his hand to heaven...

and they shall

Ezekiel 44:10,13 And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols...

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That the Ruler Relax not his Care for the Things that are Within in his Occupation among the Things that are Without, nor Neglect to Provide
The ruler should not relax his care for the things that are within in his occupation among the things that are without, nor neglect to provide for the things that are without in his solicitude for the things that are within; lest either, given up to the things that are without, he fall away from his inmost concerns, or, occupied only with the things that are within bestow not on his neighbours outside himself what he owes them. For it is often the case that some, as if forgetting that they have
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

Ezekiel
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
2 Kings 16:10
Then King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria. He saw an altar in Damascus and sent to Uriah the priest a sketch of the altar, with detailed plans for its construction.

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 let them inquire of me at all?

Ezekiel 14:4
Therefore speak to them and tell them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: When any of the Israelites set up idols in their hearts and put a wicked stumbling block before their faces and then go to a prophet, I the LORD will answer them myself in keeping with their great idolatry.

Ezekiel 20:15
Also with uplifted hand I swore to them in the wilderness that I would not bring them into the land I had given them--a land flowing with milk and honey, the most beautiful of all lands--

Ezekiel 20:23
Also with uplifted hand I swore to them in the wilderness that I would disperse them among the nations and scatter them through the countries,

Ezekiel 44:10
"'The Levites who went far from me when Israel went astray and who wandered from me after their idols must bear the consequences of their sin.

Ezekiel 48:11
This will be for the consecrated priests, the Zadokites, who were faithful in serving me and did not go astray as the Levites did when the Israelites went astray.

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