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Ezekiel 23

The whoredoms of Aholah and Aholibah.

Ezekiel 23:1 And the word of Yahweh came unto me, saying: Ezekiel 23:2 Son of man, Two women, daughters of one mother, there were; Ezekiel 23:3 And they became unchaste in Egypt, In their youth, became they unchaste, There, were handled their breasts, And, there, were pressed their virgin bosoms. Ezekiel 23:4 And their names were Oholah—the elder, And Oholibah—her sister, And they became mine, and bare sons and daughters,—And as for their names, Samaria, was Oholah, And, Jerusalem, was Oholibah. Ezekiel 23:5 Then became Oholah unchaste, after she had become mine,—And lusted after her lovers, For Assyrians, so warlike, Ezekiel 23:6 Clothed in blue, Governors and deputies, Attractive young men, all of them,—Horsemen, riding on horses. Ezekiel 23:7 So she bestowed her unchastities upon them, The choicest men of Assyria, all, of them,—And, with whomsoever she lusted after—with all their manufactured gods, she defiled herself. Ezekiel 23:8 And, her unchaste doings from the time she was in Egypt, had she not forsaken, For, with her, had they lain in her youth, Yea, they, had pressed her virgin bosoms,—and had poured out their unchastity upon her. Ezekiel 23:9 Therefore, did I deliver her into the hand of her lovers,—Into the hand of the sons of Assyria, after whom she lusted: Ezekiel 23:10 They, disclosed her shame, Her sons and her daughters, took they away, And, herself—with the sword, they slew,—Thus became she a by-word among women, when, judgments, they had executed upon her. Ezekiel 23:11 And, though her sister Oholibah saw, Yet became she more corrupt in her lust than the other,—And, her unchaste doings, exceeded the unchaste doings of her sister. Ezekiel 23:12 After the sons of Assyria, she lusted, Governors and deputies so warlike. Clothed in splendid array, Horsemen, riding on horses,—Attractive young men, all, of them. Ezekiel 23:13 So I saw, that she defiled herself,—One way, had they both. Ezekiel 23:14 Yet did she add, unto her unchaste doings,—when she saw men portrayed upon the wall, likenesses of Chaldeans, Portrayed with vermilion: Ezekiel 23:15 Girded with waistcloths upon their loins, With overhanging high turbans upon their heads, In appearance, knights, all, of them,—The likeness of the sons of Babylon of Chaldea, the land of their birth. Ezekiel 23:16 Then lusted she after them, as soon as her eyes beheld them,—And she sent messengers unto them, to Chaldea. Ezekiel 23:17 Then, came in unto her, the sons of Babylon, into the bed of endearments, and defiled her with their unchaste doings,—And she, defiled herself with them, And then was her soul torn from them. Ezekiel 23:18 Thus disclosed she her unchaste desires, And disclosed, her shame,—So my soul was torn from her, Just as my soul had been torn from her sister. Ezekiel 23:19 Yea she multiplied her unchaste desires,—calling to mind the days of her youth, when she was unchaste in the land of Egypt; Ezekiel 23:20 So she lusted after their courtiers,—Whose flesh was, the flesh of asses, and, Whose issue was, the issue of horses. Ezekiel 23:21 Yea thou didst look about for the lewdness of thy youth,—When were pressed, by the Egyptians, thy bosoms, When they handled thy youthful breasts.

Aholibah is to be plagued by her lovers.

Ezekiel 23:22 Therefore, O Oholibah, Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh, Behold me! rousing up thy lovers against thee, Even them from whom thy soul hath been torn,—And I will bring them against thee from every side: Ezekiel 23:23 The sons of Babylon and all Chaldeans, Pekod and Shoa and Koa, All the sons of Assyria, with them,—Attractive young men, Governors and deputies, all, of them. Knights and men of renown, Riders on horses, all, of them; Ezekiel 23:24 And they shall come upon thee—With battle-axe, chariot and wheel, And with a gathered host of peoples, Shield and buckler and helmet, will they array against thee, on every side,—And I will put before them, judgment, And they shall judge thee with their judgments; Ezekiel 23:25 When I set forth my jealousy against thee, Then will they deal with thee, in indignation, Thy nose and thine ears, will they remove, And, that which is left of thee, by the sword, shall fall,—They, will take away, thy sons and thy daughters, And, that which is left of thee, shall be devoured by the fire; Ezekiel 23:26 And they shall strip off thy raiment,—And take away thine adorning, jewels! Ezekiel 23:27 Thus will I cause thy lewdness to cease, from thee, Even thine unchastity [brought] from the land of Egypt,—So that thou shalt not lift up thine eyes unto them, And, Egypt, shalt thou not call to mind any more. Ezekiel 23:28 For, thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh, Behold me! delivering thee up, into the hand of them whom thou hatest,—Into the hand of them from whom thy soul hath been torn; Ezekiel 23:29 And they shall deal with thee in hatred, And take away all thy labour, And leave thee utterly naked,—And thine unchaste, shame, shall be disclosed, with thy lewdness and unchastities, Ezekiel 23:30 These things shall be done, to thee,—In that thou hast gone unchastely after the nations, Because thou hast defiled thyself with their manufactured gods. Ezekiel 23:31 In the way of thy sister, hast thou walked,—Therefore will I put her cup into thy hand. Ezekiel 23:32 Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh, The cup of thy sister, shalt thou drink, The [cup] deep and large, Thou shalt become a laughingstock and a derision, Much, doth it contain! Ezekiel 23:33 With drunkenness and grief, shalt thou be filled,—The cup of astonishment and desolation, The cup of thy sister Samaria; Ezekiel 23:34 Yea thou shalt drink it and drain it out, And the sherds thereof, shalt thou gnaw, And, thy breasts, shalt thou tear out,—For, I, have spoken, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh. Ezekiel 23:35 Therefore, Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh, Because thou hast forgotten me, and has cast me, behind thy back, Thou also thyself, bear thou thy lewdness, and thine unchaste doings.

The prophet reproveth the adulteries of them both,

Ezekiel 23:36 And Yahweh said unto me, Son of man, Wilt thou judge Oholah, and Oholibah? Then declare thou unto them, their abominations. Ezekiel 23:37 For they have committed adultery, And, blood, is one their hands, Yea, with their manufactured gods, have they committed adultery. And, even their own children whom they bare unto me, have they set apart for them, to be devoured. Ezekiel 23:38 Yet more, this, have they done to me,—They have defiled my sanctuary, on the same day, And, my sabbaths, have they profaned. Ezekiel 23:39 Yea, when they had slaughtered their children, to their manufactured gods, then entered they into my sanctuary, on the same day, to profane it,—And lo! thus, have they done, in the midst of mine own house. Ezekiel 23:40 Yea verily, that ye must needs send for men, ready to come in, from afar,—in that, a messenger, was sent unto them, and lo! they came, For whom thou didst bathe thyself, Paint thine eyes, And deck thyself with ornaments. Ezekiel 23:41 Then satest thou upon a glorious couch, With a table prepared, before it,—And, mine incense and mine oil, didst thou set thereon. Ezekiel 23:42 The noise of careless throng also, was with her, And, besides men out of the mass of mankind, there were brought in drunkards, out of the desert; And they put bracelets upon the hands of both women, And crowns of adorning upon their heads. Ezekiel 23:43 Then said I, of her that was worn out with adulteries, Will they, now, join in her unchaste doings, even hers? Ezekiel 23:44 Yet came they in unto her, as men go in unto a woman that is a harlot,—So, came they in unto Oholah, and unto Oholibah—the lewd, women!

and sheweth their judgments.

Ezekiel 23:45 But, righteous men, they, shall judge them, With the judgment of adulteresses, and, With the judgment of women that shed blood,—Because, adulteresses, they are, And, blood, is on their hands. Ezekiel 23:46 For, thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh,—There shall be brought up against them a gathered host, Then shall they be delivered up, for a terror and for a prey, Ezekiel 23:47 Yea a gathered host, shall stone them with stones, and dispatch them with their swords, Their sons and their daughters, shall they slay, And, their houses—in the fire, shall they consume. Ezekiel 23:48 So will I make an end of lewdness, out of the land,—And all women, shall be disciplined, and shall not do according to your lewdness. Ezekiel 23:49 Yea the judges shall set your lewdness upon you, And, your sins with manufactured gods, shall ye bear; So shall ye know, that, I, am The Lord, Yahweh.

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