Ezekiel 20:21“ ‘But the children rebelled against me: They did not follow my decrees, they were not careful to keep my laws, of which I said, “The person who obeys them will live by them,” and they desecrated my Sabbaths. So I said I would pour out my wrath on them and spend my anger against them in the wilderness. 22But I withheld my hand, and for the sake of my name I did what would keep it from being profaned in the eyes of the nations in whose sight I had brought them out. 23Also with uplifted hand I swore to them in the wilderness that I would disperse them among the nations and scatter them through the countries, 24because they had not obeyed my laws but had rejected my decrees and desecrated my Sabbaths, and their eyes lusted after their parents’ idols. 25So I gave them other statutes that were not good and laws through which they could not live; 26I defiled them through their gifts—the sacrifice of every firstborn—that I might fill them with horror so they would know that I am the Lord.’
In this case, Berean Study Bible translation is better:
25 I also gave them over to statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not live. 26 And I pronounced them unclean through their gifts—the sacrifice of every firstborn in the fire—so that I might devastate them, in order that they would know that I am the LORD.
What were those no-good statues in Ezekiel 20:25?
An example of these is the sacrifice of every firstborn in the fire. These no-good statues were the heathen customs demanded by the local idol gods. They have nothing to do with Moses' laws.
Another instance of such rebellion is found in Romans 1:28
Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.
Why did God do that?
26 in order that they would know that I am the LORD.
So they would learn the difference between trusting God and trusting idols.
What were those no-good statutes in Ezekiel 20:25?
It is a shocking thought that God would "give " bad decrees, I found three translations (NIRV, GW, and NWT) that render the verse "I also allowed them". God allowed them to follow the practices of the Canaanites who were left behind in the land to test the Israelites.
Psalm 81:12 NIRV says: So I let them go their own stubborn way. I let them follow their own sinful plans.
Ezekiel 20:25 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
25 I also allowed them to follow laws that were no good and rules by which they could not live.
Ezekiel 20:25 (NIRV)
25 So I let them follow other rules. Those other rules were not good. I let them have laws they could not live by.
Ezekiel 20:25 (NWT)
25 I also allowed them to follow regulations that were not good and judicial decisions by which they could not have life.+ 26 I let them become defiled by their own
Ezekiel 20:25 New English Translation (NET Bible)
25 I also gave[ them decrees[b] that were not good and regulations by which they could not liv