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Ezekiel 16 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Jerusalem as an Adulterous Wife

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:1 - The word of the LORD came to me:
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:2 - “Son of man, confront Jerusalem with her detestable practices
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:3 - and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says to Jerusalem: Your ancestry and birth were in the land of the Canaanites; your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:4 - On the day you were born your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to make you clean, nor were you rubbed with salt or wrapped in cloths.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:5 - No one looked on you with pity or had compassion enough to do any of these things for you. Rather, you were thrown out into the open field, for on the day you were born you were despised.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:6 - “ ‘Then I passed by and saw you kicking about in your blood, and as you lay there in your blood I said to you, “Live!”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:7 - I made you grow like a plant of the field. You grew and developed and entered puberty. Your breasts had formed and your hair had grown, yet you were stark naked.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:8 - “ ‘Later I passed by, and when I looked at you and saw that you were old enough for love, I spread the corner of my garment over you and covered your naked body. I gave you my solemn oath and entered into a covenant with you, declares the Sovereign LORD, and you became mine.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:9 - “ ‘I bathed you with water and washed the blood from you and put ointments on you.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:10 - I clothed you with an embroidered dress and put sandals of fine leather on you. I dressed you in fine linen and covered you with costly garments.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:11 - I adorned you with jewelry: I put bracelets on your arms and a necklace around your neck,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:12 - and I put a ring on your nose, earrings on your ears and a beautiful crown on your head.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:13 - So you were adorned with gold and silver; your clothes were of fine linen and costly fabric and embroidered cloth. Your food was honey, olive oil and the finest flour. You became very beautiful and rose to be a queen.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:14 - And your fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, because the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:15 - “ ‘But you trusted in your beauty and used your fame to become a prostitute. You lavished your favors on anyone who passed by and your beauty became his.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:16 - You took some of your garments to make gaudy high places, where you carried on your prostitution. You went to him, and he possessed your beauty.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:17 - You also took the fine jewelry I gave you, the jewelry made of my gold and silver, and you made for yourself male idols and engaged in prostitution with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:18 - And you took your embroidered clothes to put on them, and you offered my oil and incense before them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:19 - Also the food I provided for you—the flour, olive oil and honey I gave you to eat—you offered as fragrant incense before them. That is what happened, declares the Sovereign LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:20 - “ ‘And you took your sons and daughters whom you bore to me and sacrificed them as food to the idols. Was your prostitution not enough?
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:21 - You slaughtered my children and sacrificed them to the idols.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:22 - In all your detestable practices and your prostitution you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, kicking about in your blood.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:23 - “ ‘Woe! Woe to you, declares the Sovereign LORD. In addition to all your other wickedness,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:24 - you built a mound for yourself and made a lofty shrine in every public square.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:25 - At every street corner you built your lofty shrines and degraded your beauty, spreading your legs with increasing promiscuity to anyone who passed by.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:26 - You engaged in prostitution with the Egyptians, your neighbors with large genitals, and aroused my anger with your increasing promiscuity.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:27 - So I stretched out my hand against you and reduced your territory; I gave you over to the greed of your enemies, the daughters of the Philistines, who were shocked by your lewd conduct.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:28 - You engaged in prostitution with the Assyrians too, because you were insatiable; and even after that, you still were not satisfied.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:29 - Then you increased your promiscuity to include Babylonia,[fn] a land of merchants, but even with this you were not satisfied.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:30 - “ ‘I am filled with fury against you,[fn] declares the Sovereign LORD, when you do all these things, acting like a brazen prostitute!
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:31 - When you built your mounds at every street corner and made your lofty shrines in every public square, you were unlike a prostitute, because you scorned payment.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:32 - “ ‘You adulterous wife! You prefer strangers to your own husband!
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:33 - All prostitutes receive gifts, but you give gifts to all your lovers, bribing them to come to you from everywhere for your illicit favors.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:34 - So in your prostitution you are the opposite of others; no one runs after you for your favors. You are the very opposite, for you give payment and none is given to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:35 - “ ‘Therefore, you prostitute, hear the word of the LORD!
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:36 - This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because you poured out your lust and exposed your naked body in your promiscuity with your lovers, and because of all your detestable idols, and because you gave them your children’s blood,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:37 - therefore I am going to gather all your lovers, with whom you found pleasure, those you loved as well as those you hated. I will gather them against you from all around and will strip you in front of them, and they will see you stark naked.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:38 - I will sentence you to the punishment of women who commit adultery and who shed blood; I will bring on you the blood vengeance of my wrath and jealous anger.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:39 - Then I will deliver you into the hands of your lovers, and they will tear down your mounds and destroy your lofty shrines. They will strip you of your clothes and take your fine jewelry and leave you stark naked.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:40 - They will bring a mob against you, who will stone you and hack you to pieces with their swords.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:41 - They will burn down your houses and inflict punishment on you in the sight of many women. I will put a stop to your prostitution, and you will no longer pay your lovers.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:42 - Then my wrath against you will subside and my jealous anger will turn away from you; I will be calm and no longer angry.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:43 - “ ‘Because you did not remember the days of your youth but enraged me with all these things, I will surely bring down on your head what you have done, declares the Sovereign LORD. Did you not add lewdness to all your other detestable practices?
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:44 - “ ‘Everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb about you: “Like mother, like daughter.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:45 - You are a true daughter of your mother, who despised her husband and her children; and you are a true sister of your sisters, who despised their husbands and their children. Your mother was a Hittite and your father an Amorite.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:46 - Your older sister was Samaria, who lived to the north of you with her daughters; and your younger sister, who lived to the south of you with her daughters, was Sodom.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:47 - You not only followed their ways and copied their detestable practices, but in all your ways you soon became more depraved than they.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:48 - As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, your sister Sodom and her daughters never did what you and your daughters have done.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:49 - “ ‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:50 - They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:51 - Samaria did not commit half the sins you did. You have done more detestable things than they, and have made your sisters seem righteous by all these things you have done.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:52 - Bear your disgrace, for you have furnished some justification for your sisters. Because your sins were more vile than theirs, they appear more righteous than you. So then, be ashamed and bear your disgrace, for you have made your sisters appear righteous.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:53 - “ ‘However, I will restore the fortunes of Sodom and her daughters and of Samaria and her daughters, and your fortunes along with them,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:54 - so that you may bear your disgrace and be ashamed of all you have done in giving them comfort.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:55 - And your sisters, Sodom with her daughters and Samaria with her daughters, will return to what they were before; and you and your daughters will return to what you were before.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:56 - You would not even mention your sister Sodom in the day of your pride,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:57 - before your wickedness was uncovered. Even so, you are now scorned by the daughters of Edom[fn] and all her neighbors and the daughters of the Philistines—all those around you who despise you.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:58 - You will bear the consequences of your lewdness and your detestable practices, declares the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:59 - “ ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will deal with you as you deserve, because you have despised my oath by breaking the covenant.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:60 - Yet I will remember the covenant I made with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:61 - Then you will remember your ways and be ashamed when you receive your sisters, both those who are older than you and those who are younger. I will give them to you as daughters, but not on the basis of my covenant with you.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:62 - So I will establish my covenant with you, and you will know that I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 16:63 - Then, when I make atonement for you for all you have done, you will remember and be ashamed and never again open your mouth because of your humiliation, declares the Sovereign LORD.’ ”
NIV Footnotes
A few Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts repeat and as you lay there in your blood I said to you, “Live!”
The meaning of the Hebrew for this sentence is uncertain.
Or Chaldea
Or How feverish is your heart,
Many Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Vulgate Aram

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