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Ezekiel 16

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

Ezekiel 16:1 And the word of Yahweh came unto me, saying: Ezekiel 16:2 Son of man, Let Jerusalem know her abominations, Ezekiel 16:3 Therefore shalt thou say—Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh, To Jerusalem, Thine origin and thy birth, were of the land of the Canaanite,—Thy father, was the Amorite, And, thy mother, a Hittite, Ezekiel 16:4 And, as for thy birth, in the day thou wast born, Thy navel-cord was not cut, And, in water, wast thou not bathed, to cleanse thee,—And, as for being salted, thou was not salted, And, as for being bandaged, thou wast not bandaged. Ezekiel 16:5 No eye, threw a shield over thee, by doing for thee one of these things, taking pity on thee,—But thou wast cast out, on the face of the field, Because thy person, was abhorred, in the day thou wast born.

God's extraordinary love towards her.

Ezekiel 16:6 And I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, thrusting about thee in thy blood, And said to thee—Despite thy blood, live! Yea I said to thee—Despite thy blood, live! Ezekiel 16:7 Into myriads—like the bud of the field, made I thee, And thou didst increase, and become well-grown, and didst attain to most excellent adornments,—Thy breasts, were well-formed, And, thy hair, was grown, But, thou thyself, wast utterly naked. Ezekiel 16:8 And I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, and lo! thy time, was the time for endearments, So I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy shame,—And took an oath to thee, And entered into covenant with thee, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh, And thou didst become mine. Ezekiel 16:9 And I bathed thee in water, and rinsed thy blood from off thee, And anointed thee with oil; Ezekiel 16:10 And clothed thee with an embroidered dress, And sandalled thee in red leather,—And wrapped thee about with fine linen, And put over thee a mantle of silk. Ezekiel 16:11 Then decked I thee with ornaments,—And put bracelets upon thy hands, And a neckchain upon thy throat; Ezekiel 16:12 And put a nose-jewel upon thy nose, And earrings in thine ears,—And a crown of adorning, upon thy head. Ezekiel 16:13 Thus wast thou adorned with gold and silver, And, thy raiment, was of fine linen and silk, and embroidered work, Fine flour and honey and oil, didst thou eat,—And so thou becamest exceedingly, beautiful, And didst attain unto royalty. Ezekiel 16:14 Then went forth thy fame among the nations, for thy beauty,—For, perfect, it was—in my splendour which I had put upon thee, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh.

Her monstrous whoredom.

Ezekiel 16:15 Then didst thou trust in thy beauty, And become unchaste, because of thy fame,—And didst pour out thine unchastity upon every passer-by, his, it was! Ezekiel 16:16 Yea thou didst take of thy raiment and madest thee high places of hangings, And didst commit unchastity thereon,—Which ought not to have befallen, And not to have come to pass. Ezekiel 16:17 But thou didst take thine adorning, jewels, Of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, And didst make thee, images of the male,—And didst act unchastely with them; Ezekiel 16:18 And thou didst take thine embroidered raiment, and cover them,—And, mine oil and mine incense, didst thou set before them; Ezekiel 16:19 And my food, which I had given thee, Fine flour and oil and honey wherewith I fed thee, And didst set it before them for a satisfying, odour, Yea so it was,—Saith My Lord, Yahweh. Ezekiel 16:20 And thou didst take thy sons and thy daughters, Whom thou hadst borne unto me, And didst sacrifice them unto them, to be devoured,—Is this, of thine unchastity, a light thing? Ezekiel 16:21 Yea thou didst slay my children,—And didst deliver them up, that they should be caused to pass through [the fire] unto them. Ezekiel 16:22 And, in all thine abominations, and thine unchaste ways, thou rememberedst not the days of thy youth,—When thou wast utterly naked. When thou wast, thrusting about thee in thy blood! Ezekiel 16:23 And it came to pass, after all thy wickedness, Woe! Woe! to thee, Exclaimeth My Lord, Yahweh; Ezekiel 16:24 That thou didst build thee a brothel,—and didst make thee a height, in every broadway: Ezekiel 16:25 At the head of every road, didst thou build thy height, And bring thy beauty into disgust, And open thy feet to every passer-by, So didst thou make thine unchaste ways to abound. Ezekiel 16:26 Then didst thou extend thine unchaste acts unto the sons of Egypt—thy neighbour, great of flesh,—And caused thine unchaste ways to abound, provoking me to anger. Ezekiel 16:27 Lo! therefore, I have stretched out my hand against thee, And diminished thine allotted portion,—And have delivered thee up unto the desire of them who hate thee, The daughters of the Philistines, who are ashamed of thy lewd way. Ezekiel 16:28 Thou didst also extend thine unchastity unto the sons of Assyria, because thou wast insatiable. Yet, though thou didst behave unchastely with them, yet, even so, couldst thou not be satisfied, Ezekiel 16:29 Thou didst therefore cause thine unchaste ways to abound unto the land of Canaan, as towards Chaldea. Yet, even herewith, wast thou not satisfied. Ezekiel 16:30 How weak was thy heart! Exclaimeth My Lord, Yahweh,—That thou couldst have done all these things, The doing of a lewd woman, without shame: Ezekiel 16:31 That thou couldst have built thy brothel at the head of every road, And, thy height, couldst have made in every broadway,—Yet becamest not as a harlot, to lay claim to a harlot's hire. Ezekiel 16:32 A wife who committeth adultery, instead of her husband, accepteth strangers. Ezekiel 16:33 To all harlots, they give a present,—But, thou, didst give thy, presents to all thy lovers, And didst bribe them, to come in unto thee from every side, in thine unchastity! Ezekiel 16:34 And so there came about, in thee, the reverse of women, in thine unchastity, In that they, did not follow thee, for purposes of lewdness,—And in that thou, gavest a present, while, no present, was given to thee, So didst thou become, the reverse.

Her grievous judgment.

Ezekiel 16:35 Therefore, O harlot, hear thou the word of Yahweh; Ezekiel 16:36 Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh,—Because thy money, was poured out, and thy shame, was uncovered, in thine unchastity, unto thy lovers,—and unto all thine abominable manufactured gods, even as the blood of thy children, whom thou didst deliver up unto them, Ezekiel 16:37 Therefore, behold me! gathering together all thy lovers, unto whom thou didst make thyself pleasant, Even all whom thou lovedst, With all whom thou hatedst,—Yea I will gather them, together unto thee from every side, And will uncover thy shame unto them, And they shall see all thy shame. Ezekiel 16:38 So will I judge thee, with the judgments meted out to adulteresses and shedders of blood,—And will repay thee with the blood of indignation and jealousy; Ezekiel 16:39 And will deliver thee, into their hand, And they shall pull down thy brothel, And break in pieces thy heights, And strip thee of thy raiment, And take away thine adorning, jewels,—And leave thee utterly naked. Ezekiel 16:40 Then will they bring up against thee a gathered host, And they will stone thee with stones,—And cut thee to pieces with their swords; Ezekiel 16:41 And burn up thy houses with fire, And execute upon thee judgments, before the eyes of many women,—So will I cause thee to cease from acting unchastely, Moreover also, a present, shalt thou not give any more. Ezekiel 16:42 So will I let mine indignation find rest in thee, And my jealousy shall depart, from thee,—And I will be quiet, and not be provoked any more. Ezekiel 16:43 Because thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, But hast enraged me with all these things, Therefore also, behold! I, thy way, upon thine own head, will place, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh, And thou shalt not commit a crime above all thine abominations!

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

Ezekiel 16:44 Lo! every one who useth proverbs, against thee, shall use a proverb, saying,—Like the mother, [so] her daughter! Ezekiel 16:45 The daughter of thy mother, thou art! One abhorring her own husband, and her own children,—Yea, the sister of thy sisters, thou art, Who abhorred their own husbands, and their own children, Your mother, was a Hittite, And, your father, an Amorite. Ezekiel 16:46 And, thine elder sister, was Samaria, she and her daughters, dwelling on thy left hand,—And, thy sister younger than thou, dwelling on thy right hand, was Sodom, and her daughters. Ezekiel 16:47 Yet, not in their ways, didst thou walk, nor, according to their abominations, didst thou do,—As though that were quite too little, thou didst corrupt thyself beyond them, in all thy ways. Ezekiel 16:48 As I live, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh, Very! Sodom thy sister had not done, neither she nor her daughters,—as, thou and thy daughters, have done. Ezekiel 16:49 Lo! this, became the iniquity of Sodom thy sister,—Pride, fulness of bread, and careless security, came to her and to her daughters, And, the hand of the oppressed and the needy, she strengthened not. Ezekiel 16:50 So then they became haughty, and committed abomination before me,—And I took them away, when I saw [it], Ezekiel 16:51 Nor did, Samaria, commit, one-half thy sins,—But thou didst multiply thine abominations more than they, And didst cause thy sisters to appear righteous, by all the abominations which thou didst commit. Ezekiel 16:52 Thou also, bear thine own reproach, which thou didst adjudge to thy sisters, by thy sins, in which thou wast more abominable than they, thou didst make them appear more righteous than thou,—Thou also, therefore, turn thou pale, and bear thine own reproach, for making thy sisters appear righteous! Ezekiel 16:53 When therefore I bring back their captivity, The captivity of Sodom and her daughters, And the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, Then will I bring back thy captivities in their midst: Ezekiel 16:54 That thou mayest bear thine own reproach, And take to thyself reproach, because of all that thou didst in comforting them. Ezekiel 16:55 When thy sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall return to their former estate, And Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate, Then, thou and thy daughters, shall return to your former estate. Ezekiel 16:56 And Sodom thy sister was never heard in thy mouth,—In the day of thy pride: Ezekiel 16:57 Before thy wickedness was discovered, As, now, [thou art] the reproach of the daughters of Syria, and all round about her, the daughters of the Philistines,—who are despising thee, on every side. Ezekiel 16:58 As for thy crime, and thine abominations, thou thyself, dost bear them,—Declareth Yahweh. Ezekiel 16:59 For, Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh, Therefore will I deal with thee, just as thou hast dealt,—In that thou didst despise an oath, by breaking a covenant.

Mercy is promised her in the end.

Ezekiel 16:60 Therefore will, I, remember my covenant with thee, in the days of thy youth,—And will establish for thee, a covenant age-abiding. Ezekiel 16:61 Thou shalt therefore remember thy ways, and take to thyself reproach, by receiving thy sisters, The older than thou, And the younger than thou,—And I will give them unto thee for daughters, Though not by thine own covenant. Ezekiel 16:62 But, I myself, will establish my covenant with, thee—And thou shalt know, that, I, am Yahweh: Ezekiel 16:63 To the end thou mayest remember, and turn pale, and there be to thee, no more, an opening of mouth, because of thy reproach,—In that I have accepted a propitiatory covering for thee, as to all that thou hast done, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh.

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