Ezekiel - Chapter 23
1 The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows,
10 They stripped her naked, seized her sons and daughters and put her to the sword. She became notorious among women for the justice done on her.
21 'You were hankering for the debauchery of your girlhood, when they used to handle your nipples in Egypt and fondle your young breasts.
23 the Babylonians and all the Chaldaeans, the men of Pekod and Shoa and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them, young and desirable, all governors and magistrates, all famous lords and skilful horsemen.
24 From the north, they will advance on you with chariots and wagons and an international army and beset you with shield, buckler and helmet on all sides. I shall charge them to pass sentence on you and they will pass sentence on you as they think fit.
25 I shall direct my jealousy against you; they will treat you with fury; they will cut off your nose and ears, and what is left of your family will fall by the sword; they will seize your sons and daughters, and what is left will be burnt.
26 They will strip off your garments and rob you of your jewels.
29 They will treat you with hatred, they will rob you of the entire fruit of your labours and leave you stark naked. And thus your shameful whorings will be exposed, your debauchery and your whorings.
30 This will happen to you because you have played the whore with the nations and have defiled yourself with their foul idols.
33 You will be filled with drunkenness and sorrow. Cup of affliction and devastation, the cup of your sister Samaria,
36 And Yahweh said to me, 'Son of man, are you ready to judge Oholah and Oholibah and charge them with their loathsome practices?
37 They have been adulteresses, their hands are dripping with blood, they have committed adultery with their foul idols. As for the children they had borne me, they have offered them as burnt sacrifices to feed them.
38 And here is something else they have done to me: they have defiled my sanctuary today and have profaned my Sabbaths.
41 and sat on a sumptuous bed, by which a table was laid out. On this you had put my incense and my oil.
45 All the same, there are upright men who will judge them as adulteresses and murderesses are judged, since they are adulteresses and their hands are dripping with blood."
48 This is how I shall purge the country of debauchery, so that all women will be taught the lesson never to ape your debauchery again.
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