g[See ver. 4 above]
aj[See ver. 13 above]
au[See ver. 15 above]
bb[See ver. 15 above]
bh[See ver. 33 above]
by[See ver. 40 above]
da[See ver. 53 above]
dc[See ver. 53 above]

Ezekiel 16

The  Lord’s Faithless Bride

1Again the word of the  Lord came to me: 2 aSon of man bmake known to Jerusalem her abominations, 3and say, Thus says the Lord  God to Jerusalem: Your origin and your birth are of the land of the Canaanites; your father was an cAmorite and your mother a dHittite. 4And as for your birth, eon the day you were born your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to cleanse you, nor rubbed with salt, nor wrapped in swaddling cloths. 5No eye pitied you, to do any of these things to you out of compassion for you, fbut you were cast out on the open field, for you were abhorred gon the day that you were born.

6“And when I passed by you and saw you wallowing hin your blood, I said to you iin your blood, ‘Live!’ I said to you jin your blood, ‘Live!’ 7 kI made you flourish like a plant of the field. And you grew up and became tall land arrived at full adornment. Your breasts were formed, and your hair had grown; yet myou were naked and bare.

8“When I passed by you again and saw you, behold, you were at the age for love, and nI spread the corner of my garment over you and covered your nakedness; I made my vow to you oand entered into a covenant with you, declares the Lord  God pand you became mine. 9Then I bathed you with water and washed off your blood from you and qanointed you with oil. 10 rI clothed you also with embroidered cloth and shod you with fine leather. I wrapped you in fine linen and covered you with silk.
Or with rich fabric
11 tAnd I adorned you with ornaments and uput bracelets on your wrists and a chain on your neck. 12And I put a ring on your nose and earrings in your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. 13Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was of fine linen and silk and embroidered cloth. vYou ate fine flour and honey and oil. wYou grew exceedingly beautiful and advanced to royalty. 14And xyour renown went forth among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through the splendor that I had bestowed on you, declares the Lord  God.

15 y“But you trusted in your beauty zand played the whore
Or were unfaithful; also verses 16, 17, 26, 28
because of your renown aband lavished your whorings
Or unfaithfulness; also verses 20, 22, 25, 26, 29, 33, 34, 36
on any passerby; your beauty
Hebrew it
became his.
16You took some of your garments and made for yourself colorful shrines, and on them played the whore. The like has never been, nor ever shall be.
The meaning of this Hebrew sentence is uncertain
17You also took afyour beautiful jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given you, and agmade for yourself images of men, and with them played the whore. 18And you took your embroidered garments to cover them, ahand set my oil and my incense before them. 19 aiAlso my bread that I gave you— ajI fed you with fine flour and oil and honey—you set before them for aka pleasing aroma; and so it was, declares the Lord  God. 20 alAnd you took your sons and your daughters, whom you had borne to me, and amthese you sacrificed to them to be devoured. Were your whorings so small a matter 21that you slaughtered my children and delivered them up as an offering by fire to them? 22And in all your abominations and your whorings you did not remember anthe days of your youth, aowhen you were naked and bare, wallowing in your blood.

23“And after all your wickedness (woe, woe to you! declares the Lord  God), 24you built yourself apa vaulted chamber and made yourself a lofty place in every square. 25At the head of every street aqyou built your lofty place and made aryour beauty an abomination, asoffering yourself
Hebrew spreading your legs
to any passerby and multiplying your whoring.
26 auYou also played the whore avwith the Egyptians, your lustful neighbors awmultiplying your whoring axto provoke me to anger. 27Behold, therefore, I stretched out my hand against you ayand diminished your allotted portion azand delivered you to the greed of your enemies bathe daughters of the Philistines, who were ashamed of your lewd behavior. 28 bbYou played the whore also bcwith the Assyrians, because you were not satisfied; yes, you played the whore with them, and still you were not satisfied. 29You multiplied your whoring also with the trading land bdof Chaldea, and even with this you were not satisfied.

30How sick is your heart
Revocalization yields  How I am filled with anger against you
declares the Lord  God, because you did all these things, the deeds of a brazen prostitute,
31building your vaulted chamber at the head of every street, and making your lofty place in every square. Yet you were not like a prostitute bfbecause you scorned payment. 32Adulterous wife, who receives strangers instead of her husband! 33Men give gifts to all prostitutes, bgbut you gave your gifts to all your lovers, bribing them to come to you from every side with your whorings. 34So you were different from other women in your whorings. No one solicited you to play the whore, and bhyou gave payment, while no payment was given to you; therefore you were different.

35Therefore, O prostitute, hear the word of the  Lord: 36Thus says the Lord  God, Because your lust was poured out and your nakedness uncovered in your whorings with your lovers, and with all your abominable idols biand because of the blood of your children that you gave to them, 37therefore, behold bjI will gather all your lovers with whom you took pleasure, all those you loved and bkall those you hated. blI will gather them against you from every side bmand will uncover your nakedness to them, that bnthey may see all your nakedness. 38 boAnd I will judge you bpas women who commit adultery and bqshed blood are judged, and bring upon you the blood of wrath and jealousy. 39And I will give you into their hands, and they shall throw down your brvaulted chamber and break down bsyour lofty places. btThey shall strip you of your clothes and take buyour beautiful jewels and leave you bvnaked and bare. 40 bwThey shall bring up a crowd against you, bxand they shall stone you and cut you to pieces with their swords. 41 byAnd they shall bzburn your houses and caexecute judgments upon you in the sight of many women. cbI will make you stop playing the whore, and ccyou shall also give payment no more. 42 cdSo will I satisfy my wrath on you, and my jealousy shall depart from you. I will be calm and will no more be angry. 43Because you have not remembered cethe days of your youth, but have enraged me with all these things, therefore, behold cfI have returned your deeds upon your head, declares the Lord  God. Have you not cgcommitted lewdness in addition to all your abominations?

44Behold, everyone chwho uses proverbs will use this proverb about you: ‘Like mother, like daughter.’ 45You are the daughter of your mother, who loathed her husband and her children; and you are the sister of ciyour sisters, who loathed their husbands and their children. cjYour mother was a Hittite and ckyour father an Amorite. 46And clyour elder sister is Samaria, who lived with her daughters to the north of you; and cmyour younger sister, who lived to the south of you, is Sodom with her daughters. 47 cnNot only did you walk in their ways and do according to their abominations; within a very little time coyou were more corrupt than they in all your ways. 48 cpAs I live, declares the Lord  God, your sister cqSodom and her daughters have not done as you and your daughters have done. 49Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride crexcess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. 50They were haughty and csdid an abomination before me. So ctI removed them, when I saw it. 51 cuSamaria has not committed half your sins. You have committed more abominations than they, and cvhave made your sisters appear righteous by all the abominations that you have committed. 52 cwBear your disgrace, you also, for you have intervened on behalf of your sisters. Because of your sins in which you acted more abominably than they, they are more in the right than you. So be ashamed, you also, and bear your disgrace, for you have made your sisters appear righteous.

53 cx“I will restore their fortunes, both the fortunes of Sodom and her daughters, and the fortunes of Samaria and her daughters, and I will restore your own fortunes in their midst, 54that you may bear your disgrace cyand be ashamed of all that you have done czbecoming a consolation to them. 55As for your sisters, Sodom and her daughters shall return to their former state, daand Samaria and her daughters shall return dbto their former state, dcand you and your daughters shall return ddto your former state. 56Was not your sister Sodom a byword in your mouth dein the day of your pride, 57before your wickedness was uncovered? Now you have become dfan object of reproach for the daughters of Syria
Some manuscripts (compare Syriac)  of Edom
and all those around her, and for dhthe daughters of the Philistines dithose all around who despise you.
58 djYou bear the penalty of your lewdness and your abominations, declares the  Lord.

The  Lord’s Everlasting Covenant

59For thus says the Lord  God: I will deal with you as you have done, you dkwho have despised the oath in breaking the covenant, 60yet dlI will remember my covenant with you dmin the days of your youth, dnand I will establish for you an everlasting covenant. 61 doThen you will remember your ways dpand be ashamed when you take dqyour sisters, both your elder and your younger, and I give them to you dras daughters, but not on account of
Or  not apart from
the covenant with you.
62I will establish my covenant with you, dtand you shall know that I am the  Lord, 63that you may remember and be confounded, and dunever open your mouth again because of your shame, when I atone for you for all that you have done, declares the Lord  God.”

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