Ezekiel 23

Ezekiel 23

 
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30 You brought all this on yourself by prostituting yourself to other nations, defiling yourself with all their idols.

31 Because you have followed in your sister's footsteps, I will punish you with the same terrors that destroyed her.

32 "Yes, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: You will drink from the same cup of terror as your sister--a cup that is large and deep. And all the world will mock and scorn you in your desolation.

33 You will reel like a drunkard beneath the awful blows of sorrow and distress, just as your sister Samaria did.

34 In deep anguish you will drain that cup of terror to the very bottom. Then you will smash it to pieces and beat your breast in anguish. For I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!

35 And because you have forgotten me and turned your back on me, says the Sovereign LORD, you must bear the consequences of all your lewdness and prostitution."

36 The LORD said to me, "Son of man, you must accuse Oholah and Oholibah of all their awful deeds.

37 They have committed both adultery and murder--adultery by worshiping idols and murder by burning their children as sacrifices on their altars.

38 Then after doing these terrible things, they defiled my Temple and violated my Sabbath day!

39 On the very day that they murdered their children in front of their idols, they boldly came into my Temple to worship! They came in and defiled my house!

40 "You sisters sent messengers to distant lands to get men. Then when they arrived, you bathed yourselves, painted your eyelids, and put on your finest jewels for them.

41 You sat with them on a beautifully embroidered couch and put my incense and my oil on a table that was spread before you.

42 From your room came the sound of many men carousing. They were lustful men and drunkards from the wilderness, who put bracelets on your wrists and beautiful crowns on your heads.

43 Then I said, `If they really want to sleep with worn-out, old prostitutes like these, let them!'

44 And that is what they did. They slept with Oholah and Oholibah, these shameless prostitutes, with all the zest of lustful young men.

45 But righteous people will judge these sister cities for what they really are--adulteresses and murderers. They will sentence them to all the punishment they deserve.

46 "Now this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Bring an army against them and hand them over to be terrorized and plundered.

47 For their enemies will stone them and kill them with swords. They will butcher their sons and daughters and burn their homes.

48 In this way, I will put an end to lewdness and idolatry in the land, and my judgment will be a warning to others not to follow their wicked example.

49 You will be fully repaid for all your prostitution--your worship of idols. Yes, you will suffer the full penalty! Then you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD."

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

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