The whoredoms of Aholah and Aholibah.
Ezekiel 23:1 The worde of the Lorde came vnto me, sayinge: Ezekiel 23:2 Thou sonne of man, there were two wemen, that had one mother: Ezekiel 23:3 these (when they were younge) beganne to playe the harlottes in Egipte. There were their brestes brosed, and the pappes of their mayden head destroyed. Ezekiel 23:4 The eldest of them was called Oholah and her youngest syster Oholibah. These two were myne, & bare sonnes and doughters. Their names were, Samaria, and that was Oholah: and Ierusalem, that was Oholibah. Ezekiel 23:5 As for Oholah she beganne to go a whorynge, when I had taken her to me. She was set on fyre vpon her louers the Assirians, Ezekiel 23:6 whiche had to do with her: euen the princes & lordes, þt were deckte in costly araye: fayre younge men, lusty riders of horses. Ezekiel 23:7 Thus thorowe her whordome she cleued vnto all the younge men of Assiria. Yea she was made vpon them, and defyled her self with al their Idols. Ezekiel 23:8 Neyther ceassed she from the fornicacyon, that she vsed wyth the Egyptians, for in her youth they laye wt her, they brosed the brestes of her maydenheade, and poored their whordome vpon her. Ezekiel 23:9 Wherfore I deliuered her into the handes of her louers euen the Assirians, whom she so loued. Ezekiel 23:10 These discouered her shame, toke her sonnes and doughters, and slue her with the swerde. An euyll name gat she of all people, and they punyshed her. Ezekiel 23:11 Her sister Oholibah sawe this, & destroyed her selfe with inordinate loue, more then she, & exceaded her syster in whordome: Ezekiel 23:12 she loued the Assirians (which also lay wt her) namelye the princes & greate lordes, that were clothed with all maner of gorgyous apparell, all lustye horsemen and faire younge personnes. Ezekiel 23:13 Then I sawe, that they bothe were defiled a like. Ezekiel 23:14 But she increased still in whordome: for when she sawe men paynted vpon the wall, the ymages of the Caldees set forthe wyth freshe colours, Ezekiel 23:15 with fayre gyrdles aboute them and goodly bonnettes vpon their heades, lokinge all like Princes (after the maner of the Babilonians and Caldees in their owne lande where they be borne) Ezekiel 23:16 immediatly, as sone as she sawe them, she brent in loue vpon them, & sent messaungers for them into the lande of the Caldees. Ezekiel 23:17 Now when the Babilonians came to her they laye with her, and defiled her with their whordome, and so was she polluted wyth them. And when her lust was abated from them: Ezekiel 23:18 her whordome and shame was dyscouered & sene: then my herte forsoke her, lyke as my herte was gone from her syster also. Ezekiel 23:19 Neuerthelesse she vsed her whordome euer þe longer the more, and remembred the dayes of her youth, wherin she hath played the harlot in the lande of Egipte: Ezekiel 23:20 she brent in lust vpon them, whose flesh was like the fleshe of Asses & their sede like the sede of horses. Ezekiel 23:21 Thus thou hast renued the filthinesse of thy youth, when thy louers brosed thy pappes, & marred thy brestes in Egipte.
Aholibah is to be plagued by her lovers.
Ezekiel 23:22 Therfore (O Oholibah) thus sayeth þe lord God. I will raise vp thy louers (with whom thou hast satisfied thy lust) against the, and gather them together rounde aboute the: Ezekiel 23:23 namely, the Babilonians, & all the Caldees: Perod, Schoa and Coa, with al the Assirians: al younge and fayre louers: prynces and lordes knightes and gentlemen, whiche be all good horsmen: Ezekiel 23:24 These shal come vpon the with horses, charrettes, and a great multitude of people: whiche shalbe harnessed about the on euery side, with brestplates, sheldes and helmettes. I will punishe the before them, yea they them selues shal punish the, accordinge to their owne iudgement. Ezekiel 23:25 I will put my gelousy vpon the, so that they shall deale cruelly with the. They shall cut of thine nose and thyne eares, and the remnaunte shall fall thorow the swerde. They shall carie awaye thy sonnes and doughters, and the residue shalbe brent in the fyre. Ezekiel 23:26 They shall stripe the oute of thy clothes, and cary the costly Iewels away with them. Ezekiel 23:27 Thus wil I make an ende of thy filthinesse and whordome, whiche thou haste broughte oute of the lande of Egipte: so that thou shalt turne thyne eyes no more after them, and cast thy minde no more vpon Egipte. Ezekiel 23:28 For thus sayeth the Lorde: behold, I wil deliuer the into the handes of them, whom thou hatest: yea euen into the handes of them, wt whom thou hast fulfilled thy lust, Ezekiel 23:29 whiche shall deale cruellye with the: Al thy laboure shall they take with them, and leaue the naked & bare, & thus the shame of thy filthy whordome shal come to light. Ezekiel 23:30 All these thynges shall happen vnto the, because of thy whordome, whyche thou hast vsed amonge the Gentiles wyth whose Idoles thou hast defiled thy selfe. Ezekiel 23:31 Thou hast walcked in the waye of thy syster, therefore will I geue the her cuppe in thy hande. Ezekiel 23:32 Thus sayeth the Lorde God: Thou shalte dryncke vp thy sisters cuppe, how depe and farre soeuer it be to the botome. Thou shalte be laughed to scorne, and had as greatlye in derysyon, as is possible. Ezekiel 23:33 Thou shalte be full of dronckennes and sorowe, for the cuppe of thy sister Samaria is a cuppe of destruccyon and wastynge: Ezekiel 23:34 the same shalt thou dryncke, & suppe it oute euen to the dregges, yea thou shalt eate vp the broken peces of it, and so feare thine owne brestes: For euen I haue spoken it, sayeth the Lorde God. Ezekiel 23:35 Therfore thus sayeth the Lorde God: For so muche as thou hast forgotten me, & cast me aside, so beare now thyne owne fylthynesse & whordome.
The prophet reproveth the adulteries of them both,
Ezekiel 23:36 The Lord sayde moreouer vnto me: Thou sonne of man wilt thou not reproue Oholah and Oholibah? Shewe them their abhominacyons: Ezekiel 23:37 namelye, that they haue broken their wedlocke, and stayned their handes with bloud: yea euen with their ydoles haue they committed aduoutry, & offered them their owne children (to be deuoured) whom they had borne vnto me. Ezekiel 23:38 Yea, and this haue they done vnto me: also, they haue defiled my Sanctuary in that same daye, & haue vnhalowed my Sabboth. Ezekiel 23:39 For when they haue slayne their children for their Idoles, they came the same daye into my Sanctuary to defile it. Lo, thys haue they done in my house. Ezekiel 23:40 Beside all thys, thou hast sent thy messaungers for men oute of farre countreyes: and when they came, thou hast bated, trimmed and set forth thy selfe of the best fashion: Ezekiel 23:41 thou sattest vpon a goodlye bed, & a table spred before the: whervpon thou hast set mine incense and myne oyle. Ezekiel 23:42 Then was there greate cheare with her, & the men that were sent from farre countreyes ouer the desert, vnto these they gaue bracelettes vpon their handes, and set glorious crounes vpon their heades: Ezekiel 23:43 then thought I: no doute, these will vse their harlotry also wyth yonder old whore. Ezekiel 23:44 And they wente into her, as vnto a comen harlot: Euen so wente they also to Oholah & Oholibah those fylthy wemen.
and sheweth their judgments.
Ezekiel 23:45 O ye all that loue vertu & ryghteousnes, iudge them, punish them, as aduoutrers and murtherers ought to be iudged & punished. For they are breakers of wedlocke, and the bloude is in their handes. Ezekiel 23:46 Wherfore thus sayeth the Lorde God: bringe a great multitude of people vpon them, & make them be scatred and spoyled: Ezekiel 23:47 these shall stone them, & gore them with their swerdes. They shall slaye their sonnes and doughters and burne vp their houses with fyre. Ezekiel 23:48 Thus will I destroye all such filthynes out of the land: that al wemen may learne, not to do after your vnclennesse. Ezekiel 23:49 And so they shal lay your filthinesse vpon your owne selues, & ye shalbe punished for the sinnes, that ye haue committed with your Idols, & ye shall know that I am the Lorde.