16 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying: 17 "Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, v they defiled it by their own ways and deeds; to Me their way was like w the uncleanness of a woman in her customary impurity. 18 "Therefore I poured out My fury on them x for the blood they had shed on the land, and for their idols with which they had defiled it. 19 "So I y scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed throughout the countries; I judged them z according to their ways and their deeds. 20 "When they came to the nations, wherever they went, they a profaned My holy name - when they said of them, 'These are the people of the LORD, and yet they have gone out of His land.' 21 "But I had concern b for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations wherever they went.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.