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Ezekiel 23 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:1 - The word of the LORD came again to me, saying:

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:2 - “Son of man, there were two women,
The daughters of one mother.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:3 - They committed harlotry in Egypt,
They committed harlotry in their youth;
Their breasts were there embraced,
Their virgin bosom was there pressed.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:4 - Their names: Oholah[fn] the elder and Oholibah[fn] her sister;
They were Mine,
And they bore sons and daughters.
As for their names,
Samaria is Oholah, and Jerusalem is Oholibah.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:5 - “Oholah played the harlot even though she was Mine;
And she lusted for her lovers, the neighboring Assyrians,

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:6 - Who were clothed in purple,
Captains and rulers,
All of them desirable young men,
Horsemen riding on horses.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:7 - Thus she committed her harlotry with them,
All of them choice men of Assyria;
And with all for whom she lusted,
With all their idols, she defiled herself.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:8 - She has never given up her harlotry brought from Egypt,
For in her youth they had lain with her,
Pressed her virgin bosom,
And poured out their immorality upon her.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:9 - “Therefore I have delivered her
Into the hand of her lovers,
Into the hand of the Assyrians,
For whom she lusted.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:10 - They uncovered her nakedness,
Took away her sons and daughters,
And slew her with the sword;
She became a byword among women,
For they had executed judgment on her.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:11 - “Now although her sister Oholibah saw this, she became more corrupt in her lust than she, and in her harlotry more corrupt than her sister’s harlotry.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:12 - “She lusted for the neighboring Assyrians,
Captains and rulers,
Clothed most gorgeously,
Horsemen riding on horses,
All of them desirable young men.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:13 - Then I saw that she was defiled;
Both took the same way.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:14 - But she increased her harlotry;
She looked at men portrayed on the wall,
Images of Chaldeans portrayed in vermilion,

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:15 - Girded with belts around their waists,
Flowing turbans on their heads,
All of them looking like captains,
In the manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea,
The land of their nativity.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:16 - As soon as her eyes saw them,
She lusted for them
And sent messengers to them in Chaldea.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:17 - “Then the Babylonians came to her, into the bed of love,
And they defiled her with their immorality;
So she was defiled by them, and alienated herself from them.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:18 - She revealed her harlotry and uncovered her nakedness.
Then I alienated Myself from her,
As I had alienated Myself from her sister.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:19 - “Yet she multiplied her harlotry
In calling to remembrance the days of her youth,
When she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:20 - For she lusted for her paramours,
Whose flesh is like the flesh of donkeys,
And whose issue is like the issue of horses.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:21 - Thus you called to remembrance the lewdness of your youth,
When the Egyptians pressed your bosom
Because of your youthful breasts.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:22 - “Therefore, Oholibah, thus says the Lord GOD:

‘Behold, I will stir up your lovers against you,
From whom you have alienated yourself,
And I will bring them against you from every side:

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:23 - The Babylonians,
All the Chaldeans,
Pekod, Shoa, Koa,
All the Assyrians with them,
All of them desirable young men,
Governors and rulers,
Captains and men of renown,
All of them riding on horses.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:24 - And they shall come against you
With chariots, wagons, and war-horses,
With a horde of people.
They shall array against you
Buckler, shield, and helmet all around.

‘I will delegate judgment to them,
And they shall judge you according to their judgments.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:25 - I will set My jealousy against you,
And they shall deal furiously with you;
They shall remove your nose and your ears,
And your remnant shall fall by the sword;
They shall take your sons and your daughters,
And your remnant shall be devoured by fire.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:26 - They shall also strip you of your clothes
And take away your beautiful jewelry.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:27 - ‘Thus I will make you cease your lewdness and your harlotry
Brought from the land of Egypt,
So that you will not lift your eyes to them,
Nor remember Egypt anymore.’

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:28 - “For thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Surely I will deliver you into the hand of those you hate, into the hand of those from whom you alienated yourself.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:29 - ‘They will deal hatefully with you, take away all you have worked for, and leave you naked and bare. The nakedness of your harlotry shall be uncovered, both your lewdness and your harlotry.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:30 - ‘I will do these things to you because you have gone as a harlot after the Gentiles, because you have become defiled by their idols.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:31 - ‘You have walked in the way of your sister; therefore I will put her cup in your hand.’

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:32 - “Thus says the Lord GOD:

‘You shall drink of your sister’s cup,
The deep and wide one;
You shall be laughed to scorn
And held in derision;
It contains much.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:33 - You will be filled with drunkenness and sorrow,
The cup of horror and desolation,
The cup of your sister Samaria.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:34 - You shall drink and drain it,
You shall break its shards,
And tear at your own breasts;
For I have spoken,’
Says the Lord GOD.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:35 - “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:

‘Because you have forgotten Me and cast Me behind your back,
Therefore you shall bear the penalty
Of your lewdness and your harlotry.’ ”

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:36 - The LORD also said to me: “Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Then declare to them their abominations.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:37 - “For they have committed adultery, and blood is on their hands. They have committed adultery with their idols, and even sacrificed their sons whom they bore to Me, passing them through the fire, to devour them.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:38 - “Moreover they have done this to Me: They have defiled My sanctuary on the same day and profaned My Sabbaths.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:39 - “For after they had slain their children for their idols, on the same day they came into My sanctuary to profane it; and indeed thus they have done in the midst of My house.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:40 - “Furthermore you sent for men to come from afar, to whom a messenger was sent; and there they came. And you washed yourself for them, painted your eyes, and adorned yourself with ornaments.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:41 - “You sat on a stately couch, with a table prepared before it, on which you had set My incense and My oil.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:42 - “The sound of a carefree multitude was with her, and Sabeans were brought from the wilderness with men of the common sort, who put bracelets on their wrists and beautiful crowns on their heads.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:43 - “Then I said concerning her who had grown old in adulteries, ‘Will they commit harlotry with her now, and she with them?

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:44 - “Yet they went in to her, as men go in to a woman who plays the harlot; thus they went in to Oholah and Oholibah, the lewd women.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:45 - “But righteous men will judge them after the manner of adulteresses, and after the manner of women who shed blood, because they are adulteresses, and blood is on their hands.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:46 - “For thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Bring up an assembly against them, give them up to trouble and plunder.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:47 - ‘The assembly shall stone them with stones and execute them with their swords; they shall slay their sons and their daughters, and burn their houses with fire.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:48 - ‘Thus I will cause lewdness to cease from the land, that all women may be taught not to practice your lewdness.

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 23:49 - ‘They shall repay you for your lewdness, and you shall pay for your idolatrous sins. Then you shall know that I am the Lord GOD.’ ”
NKJV Footnotes
Literally Her Own Tabernacle
Literally My Tabernacle Is in Her

NKJV

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