Under the similitude of a wretched infant is shewed the natural state of Jerusalem.
Ezekiel 16:1 Againe the worde of the LORD came vnto me, saying; Ezekiel 16:2 Son of man, cause Ierusalem to know her abominations, Ezekiel 16:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD vnto Ierusalem; Thy birth and thy natiuitie [is] of the land of Canaan, thy father [was] an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite. Ezekiel 16:4 And as for thy natiuity in the day thou wast borne, thy nauell was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee: thou wast not salted at all, nor swadled at all. Ezekiel 16:5 None eye pitied thee to doe any of these vnto thee, to haue compassion vpon thee, but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast borne.
God's extraordinary love towards her.
Ezekiel 16:6 And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine owne blood, I said vnto thee [when thou wast] in thy blood, Liue: yea I said vnto thee [when thou wast] in thy blood, Liue. Ezekiel 16:7 I haue caused thee to multiply as the bud of the field, and thou hast increased and waxen great, and thou art come to excellent ornaments: [thy] breasts are fashioned, and thine haire is growen, whereas thou [wast] naked and bare. Ezekiel 16:8 Now when I passed by thee, and looked vpon thee, behold, thy time [was] the time of loue, and I spread my skirt ouer thee, and couered thy nakednesse: yea, I sware vnto thee, and entred into a couenant with thee, sayth the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine. Ezekiel 16:9 Then washed I thee with water: yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oyle. Ezekiel 16:10 I clothed thee also with broidred worke, & shod thee with badgers skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I couered thee with silke. Ezekiel 16:11 I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets vpon thine hands, and a chaine on thy necke. Ezekiel 16:12 And I put a iewell on thy forehead, and eare-rings in thine eares, and a beautifull crowne vpon thine head. Ezekiel 16:13 Thus wast thou decked with gold and siluer, and thy raiment [was] of fine linen & silke, and broidered worke, thou didst eate fine floure and honie and oyle, and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdome. Ezekiel 16:14 And thy renowme went foorth among the heathen for thy beautie: for it [was] perfect through my comelinesse which I had put vpon thee, sayth the Lord GOD.
Her monstrous whoredom.
Ezekiel 16:15 But thou diddest trust in thine owne beauty, and playedst the harlot, because of thy renowne, and powredst out thy fornications on euery one that passed by; his it was. Ezekiel 16:16 And of thy garments thou diddest take, and deckedst thy high places with diuers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: [the like] things shall not come, neither shall it be [so]. Ezekiel 16:17 Thou hast also taken thy faire iewels of my gold and of my siluer, which I had giuen thee, and madest to thy selfe images of men, and diddest commit whoredome with them, Ezekiel 16:18 And tookest thy broidered garments and coueredst them: and thou hast set mine oyle and mine incense before them. Ezekiel 16:19 My meate also which I gaue thee, fine flowre, and oyle, and honie [wherewith] I fed thee, thou hast euen set it before them for a sweete sauour: and [thus] it was, saith the Lord GOD. Ezekiel 16:20 Moreouer thou hast taken thy sonnes and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne vnto me, and these hast thou sacrificed vnto them to be deuoured: [is this] of thy whoredomes a small matter, Ezekiel 16:21 That thou hast slaine my children, and deliuered them to cause them to passe through [the fire] for them? Ezekiel 16:22 And in all thine abominations and thy whooredomes, thou hast not remembred the dayes of thy youth, when thou wast naked and bare, [and] wast polluted in thy blood. Ezekiel 16:23 And it came to passe after all thy wickednesse (woe, woe vnto thee, saith the Lord GOD.) Ezekiel 16:24 [That] thou hast also built vnto thee an eminent place, and hast made thee an high place in euery streete. Ezekiel 16:25 Thou hast built thy high place at euery head of the way, and hast made thy beauty to be abhorred, and hast opened thy feete to euery one that passed by, and multiplied thy whooredomes. Ezekiel 16:26 Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours great of flesh, & hast increased thy whooredomes, to prouoke me to anger. Ezekiel 16:27 Behold therefore, I haue stretched out my hand ouer thee, and haue diminished thine ordinarie [foode], and deliuered thee vnto the will of them that hate thee, the daughters of the Philistines, which are ashamed of thy lewd way. Ezekiel 16:28 Thou hast played the whoore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast vnsatiable: yea thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied. Ezekiel 16:29 Thou hast moreouer multiplied thy fornication in the land of Canaan vnto Caldea, and yet thou wast not satisfied heerewith. Ezekiel 16:30 How weake is thine heart, saith the Lord GOD, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman? Ezekiel 16:31 In that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head of euery way, and makest thine high place in euery streete, and hast not beene as an harlot, in that thou scornest hire: Ezekiel 16:32 [But as] a wife that committeth adulterie, [which] taketh strangers in steede of her husband. Ezekiel 16:33 They giue gifts to all whores, but thou giuest thy gifts to all thy louers, and hyrest them, that they may come vnto thee on euery side for thy whoredome. Ezekiel 16:34 And the contrary is in thee from [other] women in thy whoredomes, whereas none followeth thee to commit whoredomes: and in that thou giuest a reward, and no reward is giuen vnto thee: therefore thou art contrary.
Her grievous judgment.
Ezekiel 16:35 Wherefore, O harlot, heare the word of the LORD. Ezekiel 16:36 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthinesse was powred out, and thy nakednesse discouered through thy whoredomes with thy louers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou diddest giue vnto them, Ezekiel 16:37 Behold therefore, I will gather all thy louers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loued, with all them that thou hast hated: I will euen gather them round about against thee, and will discouer thy nakednesse vnto them, that they may see all thy nakednesse. Ezekiel 16:38 And I will iudge thee, as women that breake wedlocke and shead blood are iudged, and I will giue thee blood in fury and iealousie. Ezekiel 16:39 And I will also giue thee into their hand, and they shal throw downe thine eminent place, and shall breake downe thy high places: they shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall take thy faire iewels, and leaue thee naked and bare. Ezekiel 16:40 They shall also bring vp a companie against thee, and they shall stone thee with stones, and thrust thee thorough with their swords. Ezekiel 16:41 And they shall burne thine houses with fire, and execute iudgements vpon thee in the sight of many women: and I wil cause thee to cease from playing the harlot, and thou also shalt giue no hire any more. Ezekiel 16:42 So will I make my fury towards thee to rest, and my iealousie shall depart from thee, and I will be quiet, and will be no more angry. Ezekiel 16:43 Because thou hast not remembred the dayes of thy youth, but hast fretted mee in all these things; behold therefore, I also will recompence thy way vpon [thine] head, saith the Lord GOD: and thou shalt not commit this lewdnesse, aboue all thine abominations.
Her sin, matching her mother, and exceeding her sisters, Sodom and Samaria, calleth for judgments.
Ezekiel 16:44 Behold, euery one that vseth prouerbs, shall vse [this] prouerbe against thee, saying, As [is] the mother, [so is] her daughter. Ezekiel 16:45 Thou [art] thy mothers daughter, that lotheth her husband and her children, and thou [art] the sister of thy sisters which lothed their husbands, and their children: your mother [was] an Hittite, and your father an Amorite. Ezekiel 16:46 And thine elder sister [is] Samaria, she and her daughters, that dwell at thy left hand: and thy younger sister that dwelleth at thy right hand, [is] Sodom and her daughters. Ezekiel 16:47 Yet hast thou not walked after their wayes, nor done after their abominations: but as [if that were] a very litle [thing], thou wast corrupted more then they in all thy wayes. Ezekiel 16:48 As I liue, saith the Lord GOD, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters. Ezekiel 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquitie of thy sister Sodom; Pride, fulnesse of bread, and aboundance of idlenesse was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poore and needy. Ezekiel 16:50 And they were hautie, and committed abomination before me: therefore I tooke them away, as I saw [good]. Ezekiel 16:51 Neither hath Samaria committed halfe of thy sinnes, but thou hast multiplied thine abominations more then they, and hast iustified thy sisters in all thine abominations, which thou hast done. Ezekiel 16:52 Thou also which hast iudged thy sisters, beare thine owne shame for thy sinnes, that thou hast committed more abominable then they: they are more righteous then thou: yea be thou confounded also, and beare thy shame, in that thou hast iustified thy sisters. Ezekiel 16:53 When I shall bring againe their captiuitie, the captiuitie of Sodom and her daughters, and the captiuitie of Samaria and her daughters, then [will I bring againe] the captiuity of thy captiues in the midst of them; Ezekiel 16:54 That thou mayest beare thine owne shame, and mayest be confounded in all that thou hast done, in that thou art a comfort vnto them. Ezekiel 16:55 When thy sisters, Sodom and her daughters shal returne to their former estate, and Samaria and her daughters shall returne to their former estate, then thou and thy daughters shall returne to your former estate. Ezekiel 16:56 For thy sister Sodom was not mentioned by thy mouth in the day of thy pride; Ezekiel 16:57 Before thy wickednesse was discouered, as at the time of thy reproch of the daughters of Syria, and all [that are] round about her, the daughters of the Philistines which despise thee round about. Ezekiel 16:58 Thou hast borne thy lewdnesse, and thine abominations, saith the LORD. Ezekiel 16:59 For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will euen deale with thee as thou hast done, which hast despised the oath in breaking the couenant.
Mercy is promised her in the end.
Ezekiel 16:60 Neuerthelesse I will remember my couenant with thee in the dayes of thy youth, and I will establish vnto thee an euerlasting couenant. Ezekiel 16:61 Then thou shalt remember thy wayes and be ashamed, when thou shalt receiue thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger, and I will giue them vnto thee for daughters, but not by thy couenant. Ezekiel 16:62 And I will establish my couenant with thee, and thou shalt know that I [am] the LORD: Ezekiel 16:63 That thou mayest remember, and bee confounded, and neuer open thy mouth any more: because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee, for all that thou hast done, sayeth the Lord GOD.