Under the similitude of a wretched infant is shewed the natural state of Jerusalem.
Ezekiel 16:1 Agayne, the worde of þe Lorde spake vnto me, sayinge: Ezekiel 16:2 Thou sonne of man, shewe the cytie of Ierusalem their abhominacions, Ezekiel 16:3 & saye: thus sayeth þe Lord God vnto Ierusalem: Thy progeny and kynred came out of the lande of Canaan thy father was an Amoryte, thy mother a Cethyte, thus was the maner of thy byrth. Ezekiel 16:4 In þe daye of thy byrth when thou wast borne, þe stringe of thy nauell was not cut of: þu wast not bathed in water to make the clene: Thou wast nether rubbed wt salt, ner swadled in cloutes: Ezekiel 16:5 No man regarded þe so moch, as to do any of these thinges for the, or to shewe the soch fauoure, but þu wast vtterly cast out vpon þe felde, yee, despised wast þu in þe daye of thy birth
God's extraordinary love towards her.
Ezekiel 16:6 Then came I by the, and sawe þe troden downe in thyne awne bloude, & sayde vnto the: Lyue, although thou be defyled in thyne awne bloude, ye euen I (I tell the) sayde vnto þe lyue, although thou be defyled in thyne awne bloude. Ezekiel 16:7 So I planted þe as þe blossome of the felde: þu art growen vp, & waxen greate: þu hast gotten a maruelous pleasaunt beutie, thy breastes are come vp, thy hearre is goodly growen, where as þu wast naked & bare afore. Ezekiel 16:8 Nowe whan I wente by the, & loked vpon the: beholde, thy tyme was come, yee, euen the tyme to wowe the. Then spred I my clothes ouer þe, to couer thy dishonestye: yee, I made an othe vnto the, & maried my selfe with the (sayeth the Lord God) and so thou becamest myne awne. Ezekiel 16:9 Then washed I the with water, and pourged thy bloude from the. I anoynted the with oyle, Ezekiel 16:10 I gaue the chaunge of raymentes, I made the shues of Taxus lether: I gyrded þe aboute with white sylcke I clothed the with kerchefes, Ezekiel 16:11 I decked the wt costly apparell, I put rynges vpon thy fyngers: a chayne aboute thy necke, Ezekiel 16:12 spanges vpon thy fore heade, eare rynges vpon thyne eares, and set a bewtifull crowne vpon thyne head. Ezekiel 16:13 Thus wast thou deckte with syluer & golde, & thy rayment was of fyne white sylke of nedle worke & of diuerse coloures. Thou dyddest eate nothinge but symnels, honny & oyle: maruelous goodly wast thou & beutyfull, yee euen a very Quene wast þu Ezekiel 16:14 In so moch, that thy beuty was spoken of amonge the Heythen, for thou wast excellent in my beuty, which I put vpon the sayeth the Lorde God.
Her monstrous whoredom.
Ezekiel 16:15 But thou hast put confidence in thyne awne beuty, & played the harlot, when thou haddest gotten the a name. Thou hast committed whordome, with all that wente by the, & hast fulfylled their desyres: Ezekiel 16:16 yee, thou hast taken thy garmentes of diuerse colours, & deckte thyne aulters therwith, where vpon þu myghtest fulfyll thyne whordome, & of soch a fashyon, as neuer was done, ner shalbe. Ezekiel 16:17 The goodly ornamentes & Iewels which I gaue the of myne awne golde and syluer, hast thou taken, and made the mens ymages therof, & commytted whordome withall. Ezekiel 16:18 Thy garmentes of diuerse coloures hast thou taken, and deckte them therwith: myne oyle & incense hast thou set before them. Ezekiel 16:19 My meate which I gaue the, as symnels, oyle & hony: (to fede the withall) that hast thou sett before them, for a swete sauoure. And thys came also to passe, sayeth the Lorde God: Ezekiel 16:20 Thou hast taken thine awne sonnes & daughters, whom thou haddest begotten vnto me: and these hast thou offred vp vnto them, to be their meate. Is this but a small whordome of thine (thinckest thou) Ezekiel 16:21 that thou slayest my chyldren, and geuest them ouer, to be brent vnto them? Ezekiel 16:22 And yet in all thy abhominacyons and whordome, thou hast not remembred the dayes of thy youth, howe naked & bare thou wast at þt tyme, and troden downe in thyne awne bloude. Ezekiel 16:23 After all these thy wyckednesses (wo wo vnto the, sayeth the Lorde) Ezekiel 16:24 Thou hast buylte hye places, yee at þe head of euery strete hast þu buylded þe an aulter. Ezekiel 16:25 Thou hast made thy beuty to be abhorred, þu hast layed out thy legges to euery one that came by, & multiplied thyne whoredome. Ezekiel 16:26 Thou hast commytted fornicacyon wt the Egypcyans thy neyghbours, which had moch fleshe: and thus hast þu encreased thine whordome, to anger me. Ezekiel 16:27 Beholde, I dyd stretch out myne hande ouer the, & dyd minishe thy stoare of fode, and delyuer the ouer in to the wylles of the Philistines thine enemyes, which are ashamed of thy abhominable waye. Ezekiel 16:28 Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast insatiable: Yee, thou hast (I saye) with them played the harlot, & yett haddest thou not ynough. Ezekiel 16:29 Thus hast þu forthermore commytted thy fornicacyon from the lande of Canaan vnto the Caldees, & yet thy lust not satisfyed. Ezekiel 16:30 Howe obstinate is thine herte (sayeth the Lorde God) seynge thou doest all these workes of an erraunt whore: Ezekiel 16:31 buyldinge thy stewes at þe head of euery strete, & thy brodell houses in all places? Thou hast not bene as an other whore, þt holdeth scorne of a small rewarde, Ezekiel 16:32 but a wife þt breaketh wedlocke, & taketh other in steade of her husbonde. Ezekiel 16:33 Gyftes are geuen to all other whores, but þu geuest rewardes vnto all thy louers: & offrest them gyftes, to come vnto þe out of all places, & to commytte fornicacyon wt the. Ezekiel 16:34 It is come to passe wt the in thy whordomes contrary to the vse of other women: yee, there hath no soch fornicacyon bene committed after þe, seynge that thou profrest gyftes vnto other, and no rewarde is geuen the: this is a contrary thinge.
Her grievous judgment.
Ezekiel 16:35 Therfore, heare the worde of the Lorde, O thou harlot: Ezekiel 16:36 thus sayeth the Lorde God: For so moch as þu hast sett forth thy youthe to whordome, & discouered thy shame, thorowe thy whordome wt all thy louers, and with all þe Idols of thy abhominacyons in þe bloude of thy chyldren, whom thou hast geuen them? Ezekiel 16:37 Beholde therfore, I will gather together all thy louers, vnto whom thou hast made thy selfe comen: yee, and all them whom thou fauourest, & euery one þt thou hatest: I wyll (I saye) gather them together rounde aboute the and will discouer thy shame before them, that they maye se all thy fylthynes. Ezekiel 16:38 Moreouer, I will iudge þe as a breaker of wedlocke and a murtherer, and recompence þe thyne awne bloude in wrath and gelousy. Ezekiel 16:39 I will geue þe ouer in to their power, þt shall breake downe thy stues, & destroye thy brodell houses: they shall strype þe out of thy clothes, all thy fayre & beutyfull Iewels shall they take from þe, & so let the syt naked & bare: Ezekiel 16:40 yee: they shall bringe þe comen people vpon þe, which shall stone the, & slaye þe downe wt their sweardes. Ezekiel 16:41 They shall burne vp thy houses, & punysh the in þe sight of many wemen. Thus will I make thy whordome to ceasse, so þt thou shalt geue out no more rewardes. Ezekiel 16:42 Shulde I make my wrath to be still, take my gelousy from the, be content, & no more to be displeased? Ezekiel 16:43 seynge thou remembrest not the dayes of thy youth, but hast prouoked me to wrath in all these thinges? Beholde therfore I wyll brynge thyne awne wayes vpon thyne heade, sayeth the Lorde God: howe be it, I neuer dyd vnto the, accordynge to thy wickednesse & all thy abhominacyons.
Her sin, matching her mother, and exceeding her sisters, Sodom and Samaria, calleth for judgments.
Ezekiel 16:44 Beholde, all they that vse comen prouerbes, shall vse thys prouerbe also agaynst the: soche a mother, soch a daughter. Ezekiel 16:45 Thou art euen thy mothers awne daughter, þt hath cast of hyr housbande & hyr chyldren: Yee, thou art the syster of thy systers, which forsoke their husbandes & their chyldren. Youre mother is a Cethyte, and youre father an Amoryte. Ezekiel 16:46 Thyne eldest syster is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell vpon thy left hande. But thy yongest syster that dwelleth on thy ryght hande, is Sodoma & her daughters. Ezekiel 16:47 Yet hast thou not walked after their wayes, ner done after their abhominacyons: but þu stodest a lytell & very small tyme, and in all thy wayes þu hast bene more corrupte then they. Ezekiel 16:48 As truly as I lyue, sayeth þe Lorde God: Sodoma thy syster wt her daughters, hath not done so euell, as þu and thy daughters. Ezekiel 16:49 Beholde, the synnes of thy syster Sodoma were these: Pryde, fulnesse of meate, aboundaunce & Idilnesse, these thynges had she & hir daughters. Besydes þt, they reached not their hande to the poore and nedy, Ezekiel 16:50 but were proude, and dyd abhominable thynges before me: therfore I toke them awaye, as pleased me. Ezekiel 16:51 Nether hath Samaria done half of thy synnes, yee, thou hast exceaded them in wickednesse: In so moch that in comparyson of all þe abhominacions which þu hast done, þu hast made thy systers good wemen. Ezekiel 16:52 Therfore thou (which dydest condempne thy syster) beare thyne awne shame, for thyne awne offences, that þu hast committed, more abhominable then they dyd, which in dead ar more ryghteous, then þu art, be thou (I seye) ashamed, and beare thy shamfull rebuke, seynge þt thou hast proued thy systers in comparyson of the ryghtwyse. Ezekiel 16:53 As for their captiuyte, namely þe captiuyte of Sodoma, & her daughters: þe captiuyte of Samaria & her daughters: I will bringe them agayne, so will I also bringe agayne thy captiuyte amonge them: Ezekiel 16:54 þt þu mayest take thyne awne confusion vpon þe, & be ashamed of all þt thou hast done, & to comforte them. Ezekiel 16:55 Thus thy systers (namely) Sodoma & her daughters: Samaria and her daughters, wt thy selfe, & thy daughters, shalbe brought agayne to youre olde estate. Ezekiel 16:56 When þu wast in thy pryde, Ezekiel 16:57 & before thy wickednesse came to lyght: thou woldest not heare speake of thy syster Sodoma, vntyll the tyme þt the Syrians with all their townes, & the Philistines with all that lye rounde aboute them, brought the to shame & confusyon: Ezekiel 16:58 þt þu myghtest beare thyne awne fylthynes & abhominacyon, sayeth þe Lorde. Ezekiel 16:59 For thus sayeth the Lorde God: I shulde (by right) deale with the, as thou hast done. Thou hast despysed the oth, and broken the couenaunte.
Mercy is promised her in the end.
Ezekiel 16:60 Neuerthelesse, I will remembre þe couenaunt that I made with the in thy youth in so moch that it shalbe an euerlastinge couenaunt: Ezekiel 16:61 so that þu also remembre thy wayes, & be ashamed of them: then shalt thou receaue of me thy elder & yonger systers, whom I wyll make thy daughters, and that besyde thy couenaunt. Ezekiel 16:62 And so will I renue my couenaunt with þe, that thou mayest knowe that I am the Lorde: Ezekiel 16:63 that thou mayest thincke vpon it, be ashamed, and excuse thyne awne confusyon nomore: when I haue forgeuen the, all that thou hast done, sayeth the Lorde God.