Ezekiel 16

Ezekiel 16

 
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1 Then another message came to me from the LORD:

2 "Son of man, confront Jerusalem with her loathsome sins.

3 Give her this message from the Sovereign LORD: You are nothing but a Canaanite! Your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite!

4 When you were born, no one cared about you. Your umbilical cord was left uncut, and you were never washed, rubbed with salt, and dressed in warm clothing.

5 No one had the slightest interest in you; no one pitied you or cared for you. On the day you were born, you were dumped in a field and left to die, unwanted.

6 "But I came by and saw you there, helplessly kicking about in your own blood. As you lay there, I said, `Live!'

7 And I helped you to thrive like a plant in the field. You grew up and became a beautiful jewel. Your breasts became full, and your hair grew, though you were still naked.

8 And when I passed by and saw you again, you were old enough to be married. So I wrapped my cloak around you to cover your nakedness and declared my marriage vows. I made a covenant with you, says the Sovereign LORD, and you became mine.

9 "Then I bathed you and washed off your blood, and I rubbed fragrant oils into your skin.

10 I gave you expensive clothing of linen and silk, beautifully embroidered, and sandals made of fine leather.

11 I gave you lovely jewelry, bracelets, and beautiful necklaces,

12 a ring for your nose and earrings for your ears, and a lovely crown for your head.

13 And so you were made beautiful with gold and silver. Your clothes were made of fine linen and were beautifully embroidered. You ate the finest foods--fine flour, honey, and olive oil--and became more beautiful than ever. You looked like a queen, and so you were!

14 Your fame soon spread throughout the world on account of your beauty, because the splendor I bestowed on you perfected your beauty, says the Sovereign LORD.

15 "But you thought you could get along without me, so you trusted instead in your fame and beauty. You gave yourself as a prostitute to every man who came along. Your beauty was theirs for the asking!

16 You used the lovely things I gave you to make shrines for idols, where you carried out your acts of prostitution. Unbelievable! How could such a thing ever happen?

17 You took the very jewels and gold and silver ornaments I had given you and made statues of men and worshiped them, which is adultery against me.

18 You used the beautifully embroidered clothes I gave you to cover your idols. Then you used my oil and incense to worship them.

19 Imagine it! You set before them as a lovely sacrifice the fine flour and oil and honey I had given you, says the Sovereign LORD.

20 "Then you took your sons and daughters--the children you had borne to me--and sacrificed them to your gods. Was it not enough that you should be a prostitute?

21 Must you also slaughter my children by sacrificing them to idols?

22 In all your years of adultery and loathsome sin, you have not once thought of the days long ago when you lay naked in a field, kicking about in your own blood.

23 "Your destruction is certain, says the Sovereign LORD. In addition to all your other wickedness,

24 you built a pagan shrine and put altars to idols in every town square.

25 On every street corner you defiled your beauty, offering your body to every passerby in an endless stream of prostitution.

26 Then you added lustful Egypt to your lovers, fanning the flames of my anger with your increasing promiscuity.

27 That is why I struck you with my fist and reduced your boundaries. I handed you over to your enemies, the Philistines, and even they were shocked by your lewd conduct!

28 You have prostituted yourselves with the Assyrians, too. It seems you can never find enough new lovers! And after your prostitution there, you still were not satisfied.

29 You added to your lovers by embracing that great merchant land of Babylonia*--but you still weren't satisfied!1

30 "What a sick heart you have, says the Sovereign LORD, to do such things as these, acting like a shameless prostitute.

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Notes:

1: Or Chaldea.


New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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