Ezekiel 16

God’s Grace to Unfaithful Jerusalem

1Then the word of the  Lord came to me, saying, 2Son of man, a  make known to Jerusalem her abominations 3and say, ‘Thus says the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord , and so throughout the ch
 God to Jerusalem, “Your origin and your birth are from the land of the Canaanite, your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite.
4As for your birth, c  on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water for cleansing; you were not rubbed with salt or even wrapped in cloths. 5No eye looked with pity on you to do any of these things for you, to have compassion on you. Rather you were thrown out into the
Lit surface
e  open field,
Lit in the loathing of your soul
for you were abhorred on the day you were born.

6When I passed by you and saw you squirming in your blood, I said to you while you were in your blood, ‘Live!’ Yes, I said to you while you were in your blood, ‘Live!’ 7“I g  made you
Lit a myriad
numerous like plants of the field. Then you grew up, became tall and reached the age for fine ornaments; your breasts were formed and your hair had grown. Yet you were naked and bare.

8Then I passed by you and saw you, and behold,
Lit your time was
you were at the time for love; so I j  spread My skirt over you and covered your nakedness. I also k  swore to you and l  entered into a covenant with you so that you m  became Mine,” declares the Lord  God.
9Then I bathed you with water, washed off your blood from you and n  anointed you with oil. 10I also clothed you with o  embroidered cloth and put sandals of porpoise skin on your feet; and I wrapped you with fine linen and covered you with silk. 11I adorned you with ornaments, put p  bracelets on your hands and a q  necklace around your neck. 12I also put a r  ring in your nostril, earrings in your ears and a s  beautiful crown on your head. 13Thus you were adorned with t  gold and silver, and your dress was of fine linen, silk and embroidered cloth. You ate fine flour, honey and oil; so you were exceedingly beautiful and advanced to u  royalty. 14“Then your v  fame went forth among the nations on account of your beauty, for it was w  perfect because of My splendor which I bestowed on you,” declares the Lord  God.

15“But you x  trusted in your beauty and y  played the harlot because of your fame, and you poured out your harlotries on every passer-by
Lit to whom it might be
who might be willing.
16You took some of your clothes, made for yourself high places of various colors and played the harlot on them,
Lit things which had not happened nor will it be
which should never come about nor happen.
17You also took your beautiful
Lit articles of beauty
ac  jewels made of My gold and of My silver, which I had given you, and made for yourself male images that you might play the harlot with them.
18Then you took your embroidered cloth and covered them, and offered My oil and My incense before them. 19“Also ad  My bread which I gave you, fine flour, oil and honey with which I fed you,
Lit and you...offer it
you would offer before them for a soothing aroma; so it happened,” declares the Lord  God.
20Moreover, you took your sons and daughters whom you had borne to af  Me and ag  sacrificed them to
Lit them
idols to be devoured. Were your harlotries so small a matter?
21You slaughtered ai  My children and offered them up to
Lit them
idols by ak  causing them to pass through the fire.
22Besides all your abominations and harlotries you did not remember the days of al  your youth, when you were naked and bare and squirming in your blood.

23Then it came about after all your wickedness (‘Woe, woe to you!’ declares the Lord  God), 24that you built yourself a am  shrine and made yourself a an  high place in every square. 25You built yourself a high place at the top of ao  every street and made your beauty abominable, and you spread your legs to every passer-by to multiply your harlotry. 26You also played the harlot with the Egyptians, your
Lit great of flesh
lustful neighbors, and multiplied your harlotry to aq  make Me angry.
27Behold now, I have stretched out My hand against you and diminished your rations. And I delivered you up to the desire of those who hate you, the ar  daughters of the Philistines, who are ashamed of your lewd conduct. 28Moreover, you played the harlot with the as  Assyrians because you were not satisfied; you played the harlot with them and still were not satisfied. 29You also multiplied your harlotry with the land of merchants, Chaldea, yet even with this you were not satisfied.”’”

30How at  languishing is your heart,” declares the Lord  God, “while you do all these things, the actions of a
Lit domineering
av  bold-faced harlot.
31When you built your shrine at the beginning of every street and made your high place in every square, in aw  disdaining money, you were not like a harlot. 32You adulteress wife, who takes strangers instead of her husband! 33
Lit They
Men give gifts to all harlots, but you ay  give your gifts to all your lovers to bribe them to come to you from every direction for your harlotries.
34Thus you are different from those women in your harlotries, in that no one plays the harlot
Lit after you
as you do, because you give money and no money is given you; thus you are different.”

35Therefore, O harlot, hear the word of the  Lord. 36Thus says the Lord  God, “Because your lewdness was poured out and your nakedness uncovered through your harlotries with your lovers and with all your detestable ba  idols, and because of the blood of your sons which you gave to
Lit them
37therefore, behold, I will bc  gather all your lovers with whom you took pleasure, even all those whom you loved and all those whom you bd  hated. So I will gather them against you from every direction and be  expose your nakedness to them that they may see all your nakedness. 38“Thus I will bf  judge you like women who commit adultery or shed blood are judged; and I will bring on you the blood of bg  wrath and jealousy. 39I will also give you into
Lit their hands, and they
the hands of your lovers, and they will tear down your shrines, demolish your high places, bi  strip you of your clothing, take away your
Lit articles of beauty
jewels, and will leave you naked and bare.
40“They will
Lit bring up an assembly
incite a bl  crowd against you and they will stone you and cut you to pieces with their swords.
41“They will bm  burn your houses with fire and execute judgments on you in the sight of many women. Then I will bn  stop you from playing the harlot, and you will also no longer pay
Lit a harlot’s hire
your lovers.
42“So I bp  will calm My fury against you and My jealousy will depart from you, and I will be pacified and angry bq  no more. 43Because you have br  not remembered the days of your youth but
So with ancient versions; Heb are angry against
have bt  enraged Me by all these things, behold, I in turn will bu  bring your conduct down on your own head,” declares the Lord  God, “so that you will not commit this lewdness on top of all your other abominations.

44Behold, everyone who quotes bv  proverbs will quote this proverb concerning you, saying, ‘
Lit Her
Like mother,
Lit Her
like daughter.’
45You are the daughter of your mother, who loathed her husband and children. You are also the by  sister of your sisters, who bz  loathed their husbands and children. Your mother was a Hittite and your father an Amorite. 46“Now your ca  older sister is Samaria, who lives
Lit on your left
north of you with her
I.e. environs; so through v 55
daughters; and your younger sister, who lives
Lit from your right
south of you, is ce  Sodom with her
I.e. environs; so through v 55
47Yet you have not merely walked in their ways or done according to their abominations; but, as if that were cg  too little, you acted ch  more corruptly in all your conduct than they. 48As I live,” declares the Lord  God, “Sodom, your sister and her daughters have ci  not done as you and your daughters have done. 49Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had cj  arrogance, ck  abundant food and cl  careless ease, but she did not
Lit grasp the hand of
help the cn  poor and needy.
50Thus they were haughty and committed co  abominations before Me. Therefore I cp  removed them
Many ancient mss and versions read as you have seen
when I saw it.
51Furthermore, Samaria did not commit half of your sins, for you have multiplied your abominations more than they. Thus you have made your sisters appear cr  righteous by all your abominations which you have committed. 52Also bear your disgrace in that you have
Lit mediated for
made judgment favorable for your sisters. Because of your sins in which you acted ct  more abominably than they, they are more in the right than you. Yes, be also ashamed and bear your disgrace, in that you made your sisters appear righteous.

53Nevertheless, I will restore their captivity, the captivity of Sodom and her daughters, the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, and
Lit in their midst
along with them
Lit the captivity of your captivity
your own captivity,
54in order that you may bear your humiliation and feel cw  ashamed for all that you have done when you become cx  a consolation to them. 55Your sisters, Sodom with her daughters and Samaria with her daughters,
Heb includes will return...state after Sodom also
will return to their former state, and you with your daughters will also return to your former state.
56“As the name of your sister Sodom was not heard from your lips in your day of pride, 57before your cz  wickedness was uncovered
Lit as at the time of
so now you have become the db  reproach of the daughters of
So with many mss and one version; M.T. Aram
Edom and of all who are around her, of the daughters of the Philistinesthose surrounding you who despise you.
58“You have dd  borne the penalty of your lewdness and abominations,” the  Lord declares. 59For thus says the Lord  God, “I will also do with you as you have done, you who have de  despised the oath by breaking the covenant.

The Covenant Remembered

60Nevertheless, I will remember My covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an df  everlasting covenant with you. 61“Then you will dg  remember your ways and be ashamed when you receive your sisters, both your older and your younger; and I will give them to you as daughters, but not because of your covenant. 62“Thus I will dh  establish My covenant with you, and you shall di  know that I am the  Lord, 63so that you may dj  remember and be ashamed and dk  never open your mouth anymore because of your humiliation, when I have dl  forgiven you for all that you have done,” the Lord  God declares.
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