Ezekiel 16

1Under the similitude of an helpless exposed infant is represented the original state of Jerusalem, 6whom God is described to have bred up, married, and treated with kind indulgence: 15her unnatural whoredoms: 35God threateneth her with severe judgment: 44her sin, equal to her mother's, the Hittite, and exceeding that of her sisters, Sodom and Samaria, shall not go unpunished. 60A promise of mercy in the end.

1 Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

2 Son of man, 1cause Jerusalem to know her 2abominations,

3 And say, Thus saith the Lord God unto Jerusalem; 1Thy abirth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother 2an Hittite.

4 And as for 1thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water ato supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all.

5 1None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born.

6 ¶ And when I passed by thee, and 1saw thee apolluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, 2Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live.

7 I have acaused thee to multiply as the bud of the field, and thou hast increased and waxen great, and thou art come to bexcellent ornaments: thy 1breasts are fashioned, and thine hair is grown, whereas thou wast naked and bare.

8 1Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was 2the time of love; and I 3spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, 4I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord God, and thou 5becamest mine.

9 Then 1washed I thee with water; yea, I throughly washed away thy ablood from thee, and 2I anointed thee with oil.

10 I 1clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers' skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk.

11 I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put 1bracelets upon thy hands, and 2a chain on thy neck.

12 And I put a jewel on thy aforehead, and earrings in thine ears, and 1a beautiful crown upon thine head.

13 Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy 1raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; 2thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper 3into a kingdom.

14 And 1thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was 2perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord God.

15 ¶ But 1thou didst trust in thine own beauty, 2and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.

16 And 1of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so.

17 Thou hast also taken 1thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images aof men, and didst 2commit whoredom with them,

18 And tookest thy broidered garments, and coveredst them: and thou hast set 1mine oil and mine incense before them.

19 My 1meat also which I gave thee, fine flour, and oil, and honey, wherewith I fed thee, thou hast even set it before them for aa sweet savour: and thus it was, saith the Lord God.

20 Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, 1whom thou hast borne unto me, and 2these hast thou sacrificed unto them to abe devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter,

21 That thou hast slain 1my children, and delivered them to cause them 2to pass through the fire for them?

22 And in all thine abominations and thy whoredoms thou hast not remembered 1the days of thy youth, when thou wast naked and bare, and wast polluted in thy blood.

23 And it came to pass 1after all thy wickedness, (woe, woe unto thee! saith the Lord God;)

24 that thou hast also built unto thee an aeminent place, and hast made thee an high place in every street.

25 Thou hast built thy high place at every 1head of the way, and hast made thy beauty to be abhorred, and hast opened thy feet to every one that passed by, and multiplied thy whoredoms.

26 Thou 1hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger.

27 Behold, therefore 1I have stretched out my hand over thee, and have diminished 2thine ordinary food, and delivered thee unto the will of them 3that hate thee, the adaughters of the 4Philistines, which are 5ashamed of thy lewd way.

28 Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot 1with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied.

29 Thou 1hast moreover multiplied thy fornication in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied herewith.

30 How 1weak is thine heart, saith the Lord God, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of 2an imperious whorish woman;

31 aIn that thou 1buildest thine eminent place in the head of every way, and makest thine high place in every street; and hast not been as an harlot, in that thou scornest hire;

32 but as 1a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband!

33 They give gifts to all whores: but 1thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and ahirest them, that they may come unto thee on every side for thy whoredom.

34 And the contrary is in thee from other women in thy whoredoms, whereas none followeth thee to commit whoredoms: and in that thou givest a reward, and no reward is given unto thee, therefore thou art contrary.

35 ¶ Wherefore, O 1harlot, 2hear the word of the Lord:

36 Thus saith the Lord God; 1Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness 2discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them;

37 Behold, therefore 1I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will 2discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness.

38 And I will judge thee, aas women that break wedlock and 1shed blood are judged; and 2I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy.

39 And I will also give thee into their hand, and 1they shall throw down thine eminent place, and shall break down thy high places: they shall 2strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall take thy afair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare.

40 They 1shall also bring up a company against thee, and they shall stone thee with stones, and 2thrust thee through with their swords.

41 And they shall 1burn thine houses with fire, and 2execute judgments upon thee in the sight of many women: 3and I will cause thee to cease from playing the harlot, and 4thou also shalt give no hire any more.

42 So 1will I make my fury toward thee to rest, and my jealousy shall depart from thee, and I will be quiet, and will be no more angry.

43 Because thou hast 1not remembered the days of thy youth, but hast 2fretted me in all these things; behold, therefore 3I also will recompense thy way upon thine head, saith the Lord God: and thou shalt not commit 4this lewdness above all thine abominations.

44 ¶ Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, 1As is the mother, so is her daughter.

45 Thou art thy mother's daughter, that 1lotheth her husband and her children; and thou art the sister of thy sisters, which lothed their husbands and their children: 2your mother was an Hittite, and your father an Amorite.

46 And 1thine elder sister is 2Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell at thy left hand: and thy ayounger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, is 3Sodom and 4her daughters.

47 Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, nor done after their abominations: but, aas if that were a very little thing, 1thou wast corrupted more than they in all thy ways.

48 as I live, saith the Lord God, Sodom thy sister 1hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters.

49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, 1pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, 2neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

50 And they were 1haughty, and 2committed abomination before me: therefore 3I took them away as I saw good.

51 1Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins; but thou hast multiplied thine abominations more than they, and hast justified thy sisters in all thine abominations which thou hast done.

52 1Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters, 2bear thine own shame for thy sins that thou hast committed more abominable than they: they are more righteous than thou: yea, be thou confounded also, and bear thy shame, in that thou hast justified thy sisters.

53 When I shall bring again their captivity, the captivity of Sodom and her daughters, and the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, then will I bring again the captivity of thy captives in the midst of them:

54 That 1thou mayest bear thine own shame, and mayest be confounded in all that thou hast done, in that thou art a comfort unto them.

55 1When thy sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall return to their former estate, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate, then thou and thy daughters shall return to your former estate.

56 For thy sister Sodom 1was not 2mentioned aby thy mouth in the day of thy bpride,

57 Before thy wickedness was discovered, as 1at the time of thy reproach of the daughters of aSyria, and all that are round about her, the daughters of the Philistines, 2which bdespise thee round about.

58 Thou 1hast aborne thy lewdness and thine abominations, saith the Lord.

59 For thus saith the Lord God; 1I will even deal with thee as 2thou hast done, which hast 3despised the oath in breaking the 4covenant.

60 ¶ Nevertheless I will 1remember 2my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and 3I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.

61 Then 1thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed, when 2thou shalt receive 3thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger: and I will give them unto thee for daughters, 4but not by thy 5covenant.

62 And 1I will establish my covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord:

63 That 1thou mayest remember, and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done, saith the Lord God.