20:1 In the seventh year, in the fifth month, on the tenth of the month, 1 some of the elders 2 of Israel came to seek 3 the Lord, and they sat down in front of me. 20:2 The word of the Lord came to me: 20:3 “Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel, and tell them: ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Are you coming to seek me? As surely as I live, I will not allow you to seek me, 4 declares the sovereign Lord.’ 20:4 “Are you willing to pronounce judgment? 5 Are you willing to pronounce judgment, son of man? Then confront them with the abominable practices of their fathers, 20:5 and say to them:
“‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: On the day I chose Israel I swore 6 to the descendants 7 of the house of Jacob and made myself known to them in the land of Egypt. I swore 8 to them, “I am the Lord your God.” 20:6 On that day I swore 9 to bring them out of the land of Egypt to a land which I had picked out 10 for them, a land flowing with milk and honey, 11 the most beautiful of all lands. 20:7 I said to them, “Each of you must get rid of the detestable idols you keep before you, 12 and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.”
1 sn The date would be August 14th, 591
2 tn Heb “men from the elders.”
4 tn Or “I will not reveal myself to you.”
5 tn Heb “will you judge.” Here the imperfect form of the verb is probably used with a desiderative nuance. Addressed to the prophet, “judge” means to warn of or pronounce God’s impending judgment.
6 tn Heb “I lifted up my hand.”
7 tn Heb “seed.”
8 tn Heb “I lifted up my hand.”
9 tn Heb “I lifted up my hand to them.”
11 sn The phrase “a land flowing with milk and honey,” a figure of speech describing the land’s abundant fertility, occurs in v. 15 as well as Exod 3:8, 17; 13:5; 33:3; Lev 20:24; Num 13:27; Deut 6:3; 11:9; 26:9; 27:3; Josh 5:6; Jer 11:5; 32:23 (see also Deut 1:25; 8:7-9).