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And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day when I chose Israel, and lifted up mine hand unto the seed of the house of Jacob, and made myself known unto them in the land of Egypt, when I lifted up mine hand unto them, saying, I am the LORD your God;

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

20:5 I chose Israel. God chose Israel, not vice versa, because of Abraham and Jacob, and his choice was unconditional and everlasting. Yet again and again and again, His people rebelled against Him—in Egypt, then in the wilderness, then repeatedly in the land of Israel, and God repeatedly forgave and restored them when they repented. Finally, their rebellions became so flagrant and pervasive that He sent them into captivity in Assyria and Babylon.

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