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Israel’s leaders ask Ezekiel for a word from God, and he says ‘No’; Judgement will come on Israel, described in her sin as a prostitute and adulterer; Judgement for the Negev and the Ammonites: Ezekiel 20–23

Jerusalem’s leaders must have been desperate to ask Ezekiel for a word from God. Perhaps Jeremiah’s prophecies were too much, and they were hoping for something more to their liking.

They didn’t get what they wanted, with God instructing Ezekiel to tell them:

Ezekiel 20:30-31 … Do you plan to pollute yourselves just as your ancestors did? Do you intend to keep prostituting yourselves by worshiping vile images? For when you offer gifts to them and give your little children to be burned as sacrifices, you continue to pollute yourselves with idols to this day. Should I allow you to ask for a message from me, O people of Israel? As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, I will tell you nothing.