I declared them to be defiled because of their sacrifices 1 – they caused all their first born to pass through the fire 2 – so that I would devastate them, so that they will know that I am the Lord.’ 3
I let them become defiled through their gifts—the sacrifice of every firstborn— that I might fill them with horror so that they would know that I am the LORD.’
and I pronounced them unclean because of their gifts, in that they caused all their firstborn to pass through the fire so that I might make them desolate, in order that they might know that I am the LORD."’
I let them pollute themselves with the very gifts I had given them, and I allowed them to give their firstborn children as offerings to their gods––so I might devastate them and show them that I alone am the LORD.
I abandoned them. Filthy in the gutter, they perversely sacrificed their firstborn children in the fire. The very horror should have shocked them into recognizing that I am GOD.'
I made them unclean in the offerings they gave, causing them to make every first child go through the fire, so that I might put an end to them.
I defiled them through their very gifts, in their offering up all their firstborn, in order that I might horrify them, so that they might know that I am the LORD.
"and I pronounced them unclean because of their ritual gifts, in that they caused all their firstborn to pass through the fire , that I might make them desolate and that they might know that I am the LORD."’
And I polluted
them in their own gifts
in that they caused to pass through
[the fire] all that openeth
that I might make them desolate
to the end that they might know
that I [am] the LORD
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I declared them to be defiled
because of their sacrifices
– they caused
their first born
through the fire– so that
devastate them, so that
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1 tn Or “gifts.”
2 sn This act is prohibited in Deut 12:29-31 and Jer 7:31; 19:5; 32:35. See also 2 Kgs 21:6; 23:10. This custom indicates that the laws the Israelites were following were the disastrous laws of pagan nations (see Ezek 16:20-21).
3 sn God sometimes punishes sin by inciting the sinner to sin even more, as the biblical examples of divine hardening and deceit make clear. See Robert B. Chisholm, Jr., “Divine Hardening in the Old Testament,” BSac 153 (1996): 410-34; idem, “Does God Deceive?” BSac 155 (1998): 11-28. For other instances where the Lord causes individuals to act unwisely or even sinfully as punishment for sin, see 1 Sam 2:25; 2 Sam 17:14; 1 Kgs 12:15; 2 Chr 25:20.