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Ezekiel 20:25 - Does this say God gave Israel laws which were not good?
  1. This verse cannot be referring to God’s law. The law is holy and the commandment holy, and just and good (Rom. 7:12). “The law of the Lord is perfect; converting the soul…the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart…” (Ps. 19:7).

  2. Then what are these statutes? They are man’s laws and statutes. Speaking about the same situation, God says in Psalm 81:11-12: “But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me. So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust, and they walked in their own counsels.”

In other words, since the Israelites would not follow God’s laws and statutes, He gave them over to their own laws and statutes, which were not good – which ended in death (Prov. 14:12). The actual translation of Ezekiel 20:25 is better rendered “gave them over to statutes that were not good

God did not give Israel or any other nation laws that were bad. God’s righteous law was Israel’s wisdom and understanding in the sight of all nations (Deut. 4:5-8). He commanded Israel to keep His laws for their good always (Deut. 6:24).

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