16 And the Lord said to Moses: “You are going to rest with your ancestors,(A) and these people will soon prostitute(B) themselves to the foreign gods of the land they are entering. They will forsake(C) me and break the covenant I made with them.

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14 “Return,(A) faithless people,” declares the Lord, “for I am your husband.(B) I will choose you—one from a town and two from a clan—and bring you to Zion.

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They became prostitutes in Egypt,(A) engaging in prostitution(B) from their youth.(C) In that land their breasts were fondled and their virgin bosoms caressed.(D) The older was named Oholah, and her sister was Oholibah. They were mine and gave birth to sons and daughters. Oholah is Samaria, and Oholibah is Jerusalem.(E)

“Oholah engaged in prostitution while she was still mine; and she lusted after her lovers, the Assyrians(F)—warriors(G) clothed in blue, governors and commanders, all of them handsome young men, and mounted horsemen. She gave herself as a prostitute to all the elite of the Assyrians and defiled herself with all the idols of everyone she lusted after.(H) She did not give up the prostitution she began in Egypt,(I) when during her youth men slept with her, caressed her virgin bosom and poured out their lust on her.(J)

“Therefore I delivered her into the hands(K) of her lovers,(L) the Assyrians, for whom she lusted.(M) 10 They stripped(N) her naked, took away her sons and daughters and killed her with the sword. She became a byword among women,(O) and punishment was inflicted(P) on her.(Q)

11 “Her sister Oholibah saw this,(R) yet in her lust and prostitution she was more depraved than her sister.(S) 12 She too lusted after the Assyrians—governors and commanders, warriors in full dress, mounted horsemen, all handsome young men.(T) 13 I saw that she too defiled herself; both of them went the same way.(U)

14 “But she carried her prostitution still further. She saw men portrayed on a wall,(V) figures of Chaldeans[a] portrayed in red,(W) 15 with belts(X) around their waists and flowing turbans on their heads; all of them looked like Babylonian chariot officers, natives of Chaldea.[b] 16 As soon as she saw them, she lusted after them and sent messengers(Y) to them in Chaldea.(Z) 17 Then the Babylonians(AA) came to her, to the bed of love, and in their lust they defiled her. After she had been defiled by them, she turned away from them in disgust.(AB) 18 When she carried on her prostitution openly and exposed her naked body,(AC) I turned away(AD) from her in disgust, just as I had turned away from her sister.(AE) 19 Yet she became more and more promiscuous as she recalled the days of her youth, when she was a prostitute in Egypt. 20 There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses. 21 So you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when in Egypt your bosom was caressed and your young breasts fondled.[c](AF)

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Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 23:14 Or Babylonians
  2. Ezekiel 23:15 Or Babylonia; also in verse 16
  3. Ezekiel 23:21 Syriac (see also verse 3); Hebrew caressed because of your young breasts
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I know all about Ephraim;
    Israel is not hidden(A) from me.
Ephraim, you have now turned to prostitution;
    Israel is corrupt.(B)

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