Ahaz sent messengers to say to Tiglath-Pileser(A) king of Assyria, “I am your servant and vassal. Come up and save(B) me out of the hand of the king of Aram and of the king of Israel, who are attacking me.”

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21 See how the faithful city
    has become a prostitute!(A)
She once was full of justice;
    righteousness(B) used to dwell in her—
    but now murderers!(C)

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20 “Long ago you broke off your yoke(A)
    and tore off your bonds;(B)
    you said, ‘I will not serve you!’(C)
Indeed, on every high hill(D)
    and under every spreading tree(E)
    you lay down as a prostitute.(F)

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25 Do not run until your feet are bare
    and your throat is dry.
But you said, ‘It’s no use!(A)
    I love foreign gods,(B)
    and I must go after them.’(C)

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30 What are you doing,(A) you devastated one?
    Why dress yourself in scarlet
    and put on jewels(B) of gold?
Why highlight your eyes with makeup?(C)
    You adorn yourself in vain.
Your lovers(D) despise you;
    they want to kill you.(E)

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Bitterly she weeps(A) at night,
    tears are on her cheeks.
Among all her lovers(B)
    there is no one to comfort her.
All her friends have betrayed(C) her;
    they have become her enemies.(D)

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26 You engaged in prostitution(A) with the Egyptians,(B) your neighbors with large genitals, and aroused my anger(C) with your increasing promiscuity.(D)

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29 Then you increased your promiscuity to include Babylonia,[a](A) a land of merchants, but even with this you were not satisfied.(B)

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Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 16:29 Or Chaldea
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Their mother has been unfaithful
    and has conceived them in disgrace.
She said, ‘I will go after my lovers,(A)
    who give me my food and my water,
    my wool and my linen, my olive oil and my drink.’(B)

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12 I will ruin her vines(A) and her fig trees,(B)
    which she said were her pay from her lovers;(C)
I will make them a thicket,(D)
    and wild animals will devour them.(E)

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Hosea’s Reconciliation With His Wife

The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress.(A) Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.(B)

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