|Ezekiel 23 |
1 The word of the LORD came to me again, saying,
2 "Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother;
3 And they committed whoredoms in Egypt. They committed whoredoms in their youth; their breasts were handled there, and their virgin bosom was fondled.
4 And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister, and they were mine, and they bore sons and daughters. These were their names: Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem is Aholibah.
5 And Aholah [Samaria] played the harlot when she was mine, and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbors,
6 Who were clothed with blue, captains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses.
7 She committed her whoredoms with them, with all those who were the chosen men of Assyria, and on whomever she doted, with all their idols she defiled herself.
8 Neither has she given up her whoredoms brought from Egypt, for in her youth they lay with her and fondled her virginal breasts, and poured their lust on her.
9 Therefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians on whom she doted.
10 These uncovered her nakedness, took her sons and her daughters and slew her with the sword, and she became a byword among women when judgment was executed upon her.
11 And although her sister Aholibah [Jerusalem] saw this, she became more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and her whoredoms were more than the whoredoms of her sister.
12 She doted upon the Assyrians her neighbors, captains and rulers clothed most gorgeously, horsemen riding upon horses, all of them desirable young men.
13 Then I saw that she was defiled, that they both took the same way,
14 And that she increased her whoredoms, for when she saw men portrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans portrayed in red,
15 Girded with belts upon their waists, and flowing turbans upon their heads, all of them looking like princes, like the Babylonians of Chaldea, the land of their nativity,
16 As soon as she saw them with her eyes, she doted upon them and sent messengers to them in Chaldea.
17 And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love and they defiled her with their whoredom, and when she was defiled by them, she became alienated from them.
18 So she uncovered her whoredoms and exposed her nakedness; then I was alienated from her, like I was alienated from her sister.
19 Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, in remembering the days of her youth in which she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt.
20 For she doted on their paramours, whose lust is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.
21 Thus you fondly remembered the lewdness of your youth, when the Egyptians fondled your bosom because of your youthful breasts.
22 Therefore, O Aholibah [Jerusalem], thus says the Lord GOD: 'Behold, I will raise up your lovers against you, from whom you are alienated, and I will bring them against you on every side:
23 The Babylonians, and all the Chaldeans, Pekod, Shoa, Koa, and all the Assyrians with them, all of them desirable young men, captains and rulers, great and renown lords, all of them riding upon horses.
24 And they shall come against you with chariots, wagons, and wheels, and with an multitude of people who will set against you with buckler, shield, and helmet all around; and I will delegate judgment to them, and they shall judge you according to their judgments.
25 And I will set my jealousy against you, and they shall deal furiously with you; they shall take away your nose and your ears, and your remnant shall fall by the sword; they shall take your sons and your daughters, and your remnant shall be devoured by the fire.
26 They shall also strip you of your clothes and take away your fair jewels.
27 Thus I will stop your lewdness and your whoredom brought from the land of Egypt, so that you will not lift up your eyes to them nor remember Egypt any more.'
28 For thus says the Lord GOD: 'Behold, I will deliver you into the hand of those whom you hate, into the hand of those from whom your mind is alienated.
29 And they will deal with you hatefully and take away all you have worked for and leave you naked and bare, and the nakedness of your whoredoms shall be uncovered, both your lewdness and your whoredoms.
30 I will do these things to you because you have gone as a whore after the heathen and because you are defiled with their idols.
31 You have walked in the way of your sister; therefore I will give her cup into your hand.'
32 Thus says the Lord GOD: 'You shall drink deep and large of your sister's cup; you shall be laughed to scorn and held in derision, for her cup contains much.
33 You shall be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, with the cup of astonishment and desolation, with the cup of your sister Samaria.
34 You shall drink it and drain it out, and you shall break the shards of it and tear at your own breasts, for I have spoken it, says the Lord GOD.'
35 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: 'Because you have forgotten me and cast me behind your back, therefore you shall bear the punishment for your lewdness and your whoredoms.'"
36 The LORD said moreover to me: "Son of man, will you judge Aholah and Aholibah? Then show them their abominations,
37 That they have committed adultery and blood is on their hands, that they have they committed adultery with their idols. They have also caused their sons, whom they bore to me, to be sacrificed by passing through the fire that devoured them.
38 Moreover they have done this to me: they have defiled my sanctuary on the same day and have profaned my sabbaths.
39 For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it! Behold, they have done this in the midst of my house.
40 And furthermore, you have even sent messengers for men to come from afar, and lo, they came; for whom you washed yourself, painted your eyes and decked yourself with ornaments,
41 And sat upon a stately bed with a table prepared before it, upon which you have set my incense and my oil.
42 And the sound of a multitude who were at ease was with her, and Sabeans were brought from the wilderness with men of the common sort, who put bracelets on their hands and beautiful crowns on their heads.
43 Then I said about the one who was old in adulteries, 'Will they now commit whoredoms with her, and she with them?'
44 Yet they went in to her as they go in to a woman who plays the harlot; so went they in to Aholah and to Aholibah, the lewd women.
45 And the righteous men will judge them after the manner of adulteresses, women who shed blood, because they are adulteresses, and blood is on their hands.
46 For thus says the Lord GOD: 'I will bring up a company upon them and will give them up to be removed and plundered.
47 And the company shall stone them with stones and dispatch them with their swords; they shall slay their sons and their daughters, and burn up their houses with fire.
48 Thus I will cause lewdness to cease out of the land, that all women may be taught not to practice your lewdness.
49 And they shall recompense your lewdness upon you and you shall bear the sins of your idolatry; and you shall know that I am the Lord GOD.'"
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