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16 I was then led into the temple’s inner courtyard, where I saw about twenty-five men standing near the entrance, between the porch and the altar. Their backs were to the Lord’s temple, and they were bowing down to the rising sun.

17 God said, “Ezekiel, it’s bad enough that the people of Judah are doing these disgusting things. But they have also spread violence and injustice everywhere in Israel and have made me very angry. They have disgraced and insulted me in the worst possible way.[a] 18 So in my fierce anger, I will punish them without mercy and refuse to help them when they cry out to me.”

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  1. 8.17 disgraced and insulted me. . . way: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

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