The probation in the land of Canaan from their entry to the day of Ezekiel.
Yet in this - It was an aggravation of their guilt that they defiled with idolatry the land given them for their glory.
Bamah - The Hebrew word for “high place.” Another instance of the perversion of God‘s laws. When the Israelites first entered Canaan they were to set up the “tabernacle” on a “high place,” and upon this and upon no other they were to worship Yahweh (1 Samuel 9:12 ff; 1 Kings 3:4). But the Israelites followed the custom of the country, and set up idol-worship on every high hill, and the word “high place” (“Bannah,” plural “Bamoth”) became a by-word (compare “Bamoth-Baal,” Joshua 13:17). “Bamoth” occurs on the Moabitic stone, which records the erection of high places in honor of Chemosh. The name “Bamah” was thus a brand of the divine displeasure, and a memorial of the people‘s guilt.
Ezekiel 20:30, Ezekiel 20:31
The present state of the people. Those who came to inquire were the representatives of the whole people though belonging to the exiles.