Ezekiel 23
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The Harlotries of Oholah and Oholibah

1The word of Yahweh came to me again, saying, 2“Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother; 3and they played the harlot in Egypt. They played the harlot in their youth; there their breasts were pressed, and there their virgin bosom was handled. 4Their names were Oholah the elder and Oholibah her sister. And they became Mine, and they bore sons and daughters. And as for their names, Samaria is Oholah and Jerusalem is Oholibah.

5“Oholah played the harlot [†]while she was Mine; and she lusted after her lovers, after the Assyrians, her neighbors, 6who were clothed in purple, governors and officials, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding on horses. 7She gave her harlotries to them, all of them the choicest [†]men of Assyria; and with all whom she lusted after, with all their idols she defiled herself. 8She did not forsake her harlotries from the time in Egypt; for in her youth [†]men had lain with her, and they handled her virgin bosom and poured out their harlotry on her. 9Therefore, I gave her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the [†]Assyrians, after whom she lusted. 10They uncovered her nakedness; they took her sons and her daughters, but they killed her with the sword. Thus she became a despised name among women, and they executed judgments on her.

11“Now her sister Oholibah saw this, yet she was more corrupt in her lust than she, and her harlotries were more than the harlotries of her sister. 12She lusted after the [†]Assyrians, governors and officials, the ones near, magnificently dressed, horsemen riding on horses, all of them desirable choice men. 13And I saw that she had defiled herself; they both took [†]the same way. 14So she increased her harlotries. And she saw men portrayed on the wall, images of the Chaldeans portrayed with vermilion, 15girded with belts on their loins, with flowing turbans on their heads, all of them looking like officers, in the likeness of the [†]Babylonians in Chaldea, the land of their birth. 16[†]And she saw them and lusted after them and sent messengers to them in Chaldea. 17So the [†]Babylonians came to her to the bed of love and defiled her with their harlotry. Then she became defiled by them, and her soul became disgusted with them. 18And she uncovered her harlotries and uncovered her nakedness; then My soul became disgusted with her, as My soul had become disgusted with her sister. 19Yet she multiplied her harlotries, remembering the days of her youth, when she played the harlot in the land of Egypt. 20She lusted after their paramours, whose flesh is like the flesh of donkeys and whose issue is like the issue of horses. 21Thus you [†]longed for the lewdness of your youth, when [†]the Egyptians handled your bosom because of the breasts of your youth.

22“Therefore, O Oholibah, thus says Lord Yahweh, ‘Behold, I will arouse your lovers against you, those with whom your soul was disgusted, and I will bring them against you from every side: 23the [†]Babylonians and all the Chaldeans, Pekod and Shoa and Koa, and all the [†]Assyrians with them; desirable choice men, governors and officials, all of them, officers and [†]men of renown, all of them riding on horses. 24They will come against you with weapons, chariots and [†]wagons, and with an assembly of peoples. They will set themselves against you on every side with large shield and shield and helmet; and I will give the judgment to them, and they will judge you according to their judgments. 25And I will set My jealousy against you, that they may deal with you in wrath. They will remove your nose and your ears; and your [†]survivors will fall by the sword. They will take your sons and your daughters; and your [†]survivors will be consumed by the fire. 26They will also strip you of your clothes and take away your beautiful jewelry. 27Thus I will make your lewdness and your harlotry brought from the land of Egypt to cease from you, so that you will not lift up your eyes to them or remember Egypt anymore.’ 28For thus says Lord Yahweh, ‘Behold, I will give you into the hand of those whom you hate, into the hand of those with whom your soul was disgusted. 29They will deal with you in hatred, take all the fruit of your labor, and leave you naked and bare. And the nakedness of your harlotries will be uncovered, both your lewdness and your harlotries. 30These things will be done to you because you have played the harlot with the nations, because you have defiled yourself with their idols. 31You have walked in the way of your sister; therefore I will give her cup into your hand.’ 32Thus says Lord Yahweh,

‘You will drink your sister’s cup,

Which is deep and wide.

[†]You will be laughed at and held in derision;

It contains much.

33You will be filled with drunkenness and sorrow,

The cup of horror and desolation,

The cup of your sister Samaria.

34You will drink it and drain it.

Then you will gnaw its fragments

And tear your breasts; for I have spoken,’ declares Lord Yahweh. 35Therefore, thus says Lord Yahweh, ‘Because you have forgotten Me and cast Me behind your back, bear now the punishment of your lewdness and your harlotries.’”

36Moreover, Yahweh said to me, “Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Then declare to them their abominations. 37For they have committed adultery, and blood is on their hands. Thus they have committed adultery with their idols and even caused their sons, whom they bore to Me, to pass through the fire to [†]them as food. 38Again, they have done this to Me: they have defiled My sanctuary on the same day and have profaned My sabbaths. 39For when they had slaughtered their children for their idols, they entered My sanctuary on the same day to profane it; and behold, thus they did within My house.

40“Furthermore, [†]they have even sent for men who come from afar, to whom a messenger was sent; and behold, they came—for whom you bathed, painted your eyes, and decorated yourselves with ornaments; 41and you sat on a splendid couch with a table arranged before it on which you had set My incense and My oil. 42The sound of a multitude at ease was with her; and drunkards were brought from the wilderness with men of the [†]common sort. And they put bracelets on [†]the hands of the women and beautiful crowns on their heads.

43“Then I said concerning her who was worn out by adulteries, ‘[†]Will they now commit harlotry with her when she is thus?’ 44[†]But they went in to her as they would go in to a harlot. Thus they went in to Oholah and to Oholibah, the lewd women. 45But they, righteous men, will judge them with the judgment of adulteresses and with the judgment of women who shed blood, because they are adulteresses and blood is on their hands.

46“For thus says Lord Yahweh, ‘Bring up an assembly against them and give them over to terror and plunder. 47The assembly will stone them with stones and cut them down with their swords; they will kill their sons and their daughters and burn their houses with fire. 48Thus I will make lewdness cease from the land, that all women may be chastised and not commit [†]lewdness as you have done. 49Your lewdness [†]will be requited upon you, and you will bear the sin of worshiping your idols; thus you will know that I am Lord Yahweh.’”

5 Lit under Me
7 Lit sons of Asshur
8 Lit they
9 Lit sons of Asshur
12 Lit sons of Asshur
13 Lit one
15 Lit sons of Babel
16 Lit At the sight of her eyes
17 Lit sons of Babel
21 Lit visited
21 As in two mss; M.T. from Egypt
23 Lit sons of Babylon
23 Lit sons of Assyria
23 Lit the called ones
24 Lit wheels
25 Lit remainder
25 Lit remainder
32 Or It will be for jesting and deriding because of its great size
37 Idols
40 Or you (women)
42 Lit multitude of mankind
42 Lit their hands
43 Or Now they will commit adultery with her, and she with them.
44 Or And
48 Lit according to your lewdness
49 Lit they will give

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