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And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land.
But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went.
Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.
And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

36:21 profaned among the heathen. God thus prophesied through Ezekiel that the Israelites would continue to reject Him during the time they were dispersed among the Gentiles (Ezekiel 36:19-20) just as they had in their own land. Nevertheless, He would finally bring them back, not because they had repented while among the heathen, but “for mine holy name’s sake” (Ezekiel 36:22), so that “the heathen shall know that I am the LORD” (Ezekiel 36:23). Their return—especially while still in unbelief—would be a great testimony to the world that God’s Word is true and that He will surely fulfill all His prophecies—both of promise and of judgment. And it is exactly that, today!

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