Matthew Bible

Ezekiel 16

Under the similitude of a wretched infant is shewed the natural state of Jerusalem.

Ezekiel 16:1 Agayne, the worde of the Lorde spake vnto me, sayinge: Ezekiel 16:2 Thou sonne of man, shewe the citie of Ierusalem theyr abhominacions Ezekiel 16:3 & saye: Thus sayth the Lorde God vnto Ierusalem: Thy progeny & kinred came oute of the lande of Canaan, thy father was an Amoryte, thy mother a Cethyte. Ezekiel 16:4 In the daye of thy byrthe, when thou waste borne, the strynge of thy nauel was not cut of: thou wast not bathed in water to make the cleane: Thou wast neyther robbed with salt, nor swedled in cloutes: Ezekiel 16:5 No man regarded the so muche, as to do any of these thinges for the or to shewe the suche fauoure, but thou waste vtterlye cast oute vpon the felde, yea despised wast thou in the daye of thy byrthe.

God's extraordinary love towards her.

Ezekiel 16:6 Then came I by the, and sawe the troden doune in thyne owne bloude, and sayde vnto the: thou shalte be pourged from thyne owne bloude, from thyne owne bloude (I say) shalt thou be clensed. Ezekiel 16:7 So I planted the, as the blossome of thy felde: thou arte growen vp, and waxen greate: thou haste gotten a maruelous pleasaunt beutie, thy brestes are come vp, thy heare is goodly growen, where as thou wast naked and bare afore. Ezekiel 16:8 Now when I wente by the, & loked vpon the: beholde, thy tyme was come, yea euen the tyme to vowe the. Then spred I my clothes ouer the, to couer thy dishonesty: yea I made an othe vnto the, and maryed my selfe wyth the (sayeth the Lorde God) and so thou becameste myne owne. Ezekiel 16:9 Then washed I the wyth water, and pourged thy bloude from the. I anoynted the wyth oyle, Ezekiel 16:10 I gaue the chaunge of raymentes, I made the shues of Tarus lether: I gyrthed the about with whyte sylcke, I clothed the with kerchues, Ezekiel 16:11 I decked þe wyth costly apparell, I put rynges vpon thy fyngers: a chayne aboute thy necke, Ezekiel 16:12 spanges vpon thy fore head, eare rynges vpon thyne eares, and set a beutyfull croune vpon thyne heade. Ezekiel 16:13 Thus waste thou deckte with syluer & golde, and thy rayment was of fyne whyte sylke, of nedle worke & of dyuerse colours. Thou dyddest eate nothynge but symnels, hony and oyle: maruelous goodly wast thou & beutiful, yea euen a very Quene wast thou: Ezekiel 16:14 In so muche, that thy beutye was spoken of amonge the Heythen, for thou waste excellent in my beuty, which I put vpon the, sayeth the Lorde God.

Her monstrous whoredom.

Ezekiel 16:15 But thou haste put confidence in thyne owne beutye, & played the harlot, when thou haddest gotten the a name. Thou haste commytted whordome, wyth all that wente by the, & hast fulfilled theyr desyres: Ezekiel 16:16 yea thou hast taken thy garmentes of dyuerse colours, & deckte thyne aulters therwith, where vpon thou myghtest fulfyll thyne whoredome, of suche a fashyon, as neuer was done, nor shalbe. Ezekiel 16:17 The goodly ornamentes & Iewels whiche I gaue the of myne owne golde and syluer, hast thou taken, and made the mens ymages thereof, and commytted whordome with al. Ezekiel 16:18 Thy garmentes of dyuerse coloures haste thou taken, and deckte them ther wyth: myne oyle and incense hast thou set before them. Ezekiel 16:19 My meate whiche I gaue the, as symnels, oyle & honye (to fede the withall) that haste thou set before them, for a swete sauoure. And thys came also to passe, saieth the Lord God. Ezekiel 16:20 Thou haste taken thyne owne sonnes & doughters, whom thou hast begotten vnto me, and these haste thou offered vp vnto them, to be theyr meate. Is this but a smal whordome of thine (thinckest thou) Ezekiel 16:21 that thou slayest my children and geuest them ouer, to be brent vnto them? Ezekiel 16:22 And yet in all thy abhominacyons & whordome, thou hast not remembred the dayes of thy youth, howe naked and bare thou wast at that tyme, and troden doune in thyne owne bloude. Ezekiel 16:23 After all these thy wickednesses (wo wo vnto þe, sayeth the Lord) Ezekiel 16:24 thou hast buylded thy stewes and brodel houses in euery place: yea at the heade of euery strete Ezekiel 16:25 hast thou builded the an aulter. Thou hast made thy beuty to be abhorred, thou hast laied out thy legges to euery one that came by, and multiplyed thine whoredom. Ezekiel 16:26 Thou hast committed fornicacyon with the Egipcians thy neyghbours whiche had muche flesh, and thus haste thou vsed thyne whoredome, to anger me. Ezekiel 16:27 Beholde, I will stretch out mine hande ouer the, and will minishe the stoare of fode, & deliuer the ouer into the willes of the Philistines thine enemies, whiche are ashamed of thy abhominable waye. Ezekiel 16:28 Thou hast plaied the whore also with the Assirians, whyche might not satisfye the: Yea thou haste played the harlot, and not had ynough. Ezekiel 16:29 Thus hast thou stil committed thy fornicacyon from the lande of Canaan vnto the Caldees, and yet thy lust not satisfyed. Ezekiel 16:30 How shoulde I circumcyse thine herte (sayeth the Lorde God) seynge thou doest all these thinges, thou precyous whore: Ezekiel 16:31 buyldinge thy stewes at þe head of euerye strete, and thy brodell houses in all places? Thou hast not ben as another whore that maketh boost of her winninge, Ezekiel 16:32 but as a wyfe that breaketh wedlock, and taketh other in steade of her husbande. Ezekiel 16:33 Gyftes are geuen to al other whores, but thou geuest rewardes vnto all thy louers: and offrest them gyftes, to come vnto the out of all places, and to committe fornicacyon wt the. Ezekiel 16:34 It is come to passe wyth the in thy whordomes contrarye to the vse of other women, yea there had no such fornicacion bene committed after the, seyng that thou proferest gyftes vnto other, and no rewarde is geuen the: thys is a contrarie thing.

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 much as thou hast spent thy moneye, and discouered thy shame, thorow thy whordome wyth all thy louers, and wyth all the Idols of thy abhominacions in the bloude of thy children, whom thou hast geuen them: Ezekiel 16:37 Beholde therfore, I wyll gather together all thy louers, vnto whome thou hast made thy selfe comen: yea and all them whom thou fauourest, and euery one that thou hatest: and wil discouer thy shame before them, that they al maye se thy fylthines. Ezekiel 16:38 Moreouer, I will iudge the as a breaker of wedlocke and a murtherer, & recompence the thyne owne bloud in wrath and gelousy. Ezekiel 16:39 I will geue the ouer into their power, that shal breake doune thy stewes, and destroye thy brodel houses, they shall stryppe the oute of thy clothes, al thy fayre and beutyfull Iewels shall they take from the, and so let þe syt naked and bare: Ezekiel 16:40 yea they shal bryng the comen people vpon the, whiche shall stone the, and slaye the doune with their sweardes. Ezekiel 16:41 They shall burne vp thy houses, & punish the in the syght of manye wemen. Thus wyll I make thy whordome to ceasse, so þt thou shalt geue out no mo rewardes. Ezekiel 16:42 Shoulde I make my wrath to be styl, take my gelousy from the, be content, and no more to be displeased? Ezekiel 16:43 seynge thou remembrest not the dayes of thy youth, but haste prouoked me to wrath in all these thinges? Behold therfore, I wyll brynge thyne owne wayes vpon thyne heade, sayeth the Lorde God: howe be it, I neuer dyd vnto the, accordynge to thy wyckednesse and all thy abhominacions.

Her sin, matching her mother, and exceeding her sisters, Sodom and Samaria, calleth for judgments.

Ezekiel 16:44 Beholde, al they that vse comen prouerbes, shall vse this prouerbe also against the: suche a mother, suche a doughter. Ezekiel 16:45 Thou art euen thy mothers owne doughter, that hast cast of her housbande & their children. Yea, thou art the syster of thy systers, whiche forsoke their husbandes and their children. Youre mother is a Cethite, and youre father an Amorite. Ezekiel 16:46 Thyne eldest syster is Samaria, she and her doughters that dwel vpon thy left hande. But thy youngest syster that dwelleth on thy ryght hand, is Sodoma & her doughters. Ezekiel 16:47 Yet hast thou not walked after their wayes, nor done after their abhomynacyons: but in all thy wayes thou hast bene more corrupte then they. Ezekiel 16:48 As truly as I lyue, sayeth the lorde God: Sodoma thy sister with her doughters hath not done so euyl, as thou and thy doughters. Ezekiel 16:49 Beholde, the sinnes of thy sister Sodoma were these: Pryde, fulnesse of meate, aboundaunce and Idelnesse: these thynges had she and her doughters. Besydes that, they reached not their hande to the pore and nedy, Ezekiel 16:50 but were proude, and dyd abhomynable thinges before me: therfore I toke them awaye, when I had sene it. Ezekiel 16:51 Neyther had Samaria done halfe of thy synnes, yea thou haste exceaded them in wyckednesse. In so muche that in comparyson of all the abhomynacions whyche thou haste done, thou haste made thy systers good wemen. Ezekiel 16:52 {Absent from this edition.} Ezekiel 16:53 As for their captyuite, namely the captyuite of Sodoma and her doughters: the captiuyte of Samaria and her doughters. I wyll brynge them agayne, so wyl I also brynge agayne thy captiuite amonge them: Ezekiel 16:54 that thou mayest take thyne owne confusion vpon the, and be ashamed of all that thou hast done, & to comforte them. Ezekiel 16:55 Thus thy sisters (namelye) Sodoma and her doughters: Samaria and her doughters with thy selfe and thy doughters, shalbe brought agayne to youre olde estate. Ezekiel 16:56 When thou wast in thy pryde, Ezekiel 16:57 and before the wyckednes came to lyght, thou wouldest not heare speake of thy sister Sodoma, vntill the tyme that the Sirians with all their townes, and the Philistines with all that lye rounde aboute them, brought the to shame & confusyon: Ezekiel 16:58 that thou myghtest beare thyne owne fylthines and abhomynacyon, sayeth the Lorde. Ezekiel 16:59 For thus sayeth the Lorde God: I shoulde (by ryght) deale with the, as thou hast done. Thou hast despysed the ooth, and broken the couenaunte.

Mercy is promised her in the end.

Ezekiel 16:60 Neuerthelesse, I wyll remembre the couenaunte, that I made wyth the in thy youth, in so much þt it shalbe an euerlastinge couenaunt: Ezekiel 16:61 so that thou also remembre thy wayes, & be ashamed of them: then shalte thou receyue of me thy elder and younger sisters, whome I will make thy doughters, and that besyde thy couenaunt. Ezekiel 16:62 And so will I renue my couenaunt with the, that thou mayest know that I am the Lorde: Ezekiel 16:63 that thou mayest thyncke vpon it, be ashamed, and excuse thine owne confusyon no more: when I haue forgeuen the, all that thou hast done, sayeth the Lorde God.

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