Ezekiel 22

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The Book of the Prophet Ezekiel

Chapter 23

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The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,2

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Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother:

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And they committed whoredoms4 in Egypt; they committed whoredoms1 in their youth: there were their breasts pressed,27 and there they bruised14 the teats of their virginity.

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And the names of them [were] Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare4 sons and daughters. Thus [were] their names; Samaria [is] Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.

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And Aholah played the harlot4 when she was mine; and she doted4 on her lovers,18 on the Assyrians [her] neighbours,

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[Which were] clothed7 with blue, captains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding6 upon horses.

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Thus she committed4 her whoredoms with them, with all them [that were] the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted:1 with all their idols she defiled8 herself.

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Neither left1 she her whoredoms [brought] from Egypt: for in her youth they lay1 with her, and they bruised14 the breasts of her virginity, and poured4 their whoredom upon her.

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Wherefore I have delivered1 her into the hand of her lovers,18 into the hand of the Assyrians, 804 upon whom she doted.1

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These discovered14 her nakedness: they took1 her sons and her daughters, and slew1 her with the sword: and she became famous among women; for they had executed1 judgment upon her.

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And when her sister Aholibah saw4 [this], she was more corrupt55 in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms more than her sister in [her] whoredoms.

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She doted1 upon the Assyrians 804 [her] neighbours, captains and rulers clothed7 most gorgeously, horsemen riding6 upon horses, all of them desirable young men.

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Then I saw4 that she was defiled,8 [that] they [took] both one way,

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And [that] she increased55 her whoredoms: for when she saw4 men pourtrayed30 upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans pourtrayed7 with vermilion,

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Girded with girdles upon their loins, exceeding7 in dyed attire upon their heads, all of them princes to look to, after the manner of the Babylonians 894 of Chaldea, the land of their nativity:

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And as soon as she saw them with her eyes, she doted4 upon them, and sent4 messengers unto them into Chaldea.

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And the Babylonians 894 came4 to her into the bed of love, and they defiled17 her with their whoredom, and she was polluted4 with them, and her mind was alienated4 from them.

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So she discovered17 her whoredoms, and discovered17 her nakedness: then my mind was alienated4 from her, like as my mind was alienated1 from her sister.

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Yet she multiplied55 her whoredoms, in calling to remembrance2 the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot1 in the land of Egypt.

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For she doted4 upon their paramours, whose flesh [is as] the flesh of asses, and whose issue [is like] the issue of horses.

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Thus thou calledst to remembrance4 the lewdness of thy youth, in bruising2 thy teats by the Egyptians for the paps of thy youth.

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Therefore, O Aholibah, thus saith1 the Lord GOD; Behold, I will raise up56 thy lovers18 against thee, from whom thy mind is alienated,1 and I will bring52 them against thee on every side;

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The Babylonians, 894 and all the Chaldeans, Pekod, and Shoa, and Koa, [and] all the Assyrians 804 with them: all of them desirable young men, captains and rulers, great lords and renowned,7 all of them riding6 upon horses.

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And they shall come1 against thee with chariots, wagons, and wheels, and with an assembly of people, [which] shall set4 against thee buckler and shield and helmet round about: and I will set1 judgment before them, and they shall judge1 thee according to their judgments.

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And I will set1 my jealousy against thee, and they shall deal1 furiously with thee: they shall take away55 thy nose and thine ears; and thy remnant shall fall4 by the sword: they shall take4 thy sons and thy daughters; and thy residue shall be devoured11 by the fire.

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They shall also strip52 thee out of thy clothes, and take away1 thy fair jewels.

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Thus will I make thy lewdness to cease52 from thee, and thy whoredom [brought] from the land of Egypt: so that thou shalt not lift up4 thine eyes unto them, nor remember4 Egypt any more.

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For thus saith1 the Lord GOD; Behold, I will deliver6 thee into the hand [of them] whom thou hatest,1 into the hand [of them] from whom thy mind is alienated:1

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And they shall deal1 with thee hatefully, and shall take away1 all thy labour, and shall leave1 thee naked and bare: and the nakedness of thy whoredoms shall be discovered,8 both thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.

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I will do2 these [things] unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring2 after the heathen, [and] because thou art polluted8 with their idols.

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Thou hast walked1 in the way of thy sister; therefore will I give1 her cup into thine hand.

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Thus saith1 the Lord GOD; Thou shalt drink4 of thy sister's cup deep and large: thou shalt be laughed to scorn and had in derision; it containeth53 much.

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Thou shalt be filled11 with drunkenness and sorrow, with the cup of astonishment and desolation, with the cup of thy sister Samaria.

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Thou shalt even drink1 it and suck [it] out,1 and thou shalt break17 the sherds thereof, and pluck off17 thine own breasts: for I have spoken14 [it], saith7 the Lord GOD.

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Therefore thus saith1 the Lord GOD; Because thou hast forgotten1 me, and cast55 me behind thy back, therefore bear3 thou also thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.

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The LORD said4 moreover unto me; Son of man, wilt thou judge4 Aholah and Aholibah? yea, declare54 unto them their abominations;

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That they have committed adultery,14 and blood [is] in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery,14 and have also caused their sons, whom they bare1 unto me, to pass for them through52 [the fire], to devour [them].

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Moreover this they have done1 unto me: they have defiled14 my sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned14 my sabbaths.

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For when they had slain2 their children to their idols, then they came4 the same day into my sanctuary to profane15 it; and, lo, thus have they done1 in the midst of mine house.

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And furthermore, that ye have sent4 for men to come6 from far, unto whom a messenger [was] sent;7 and, lo, they came:1 for whom thou didst wash1 thyself, paintedst1 thy eyes, and deckedst1 thyself with ornaments,

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And satest1 upon a stately bed, and a table prepared7 before it, whereupon thou hast set1 mine incense and mine oil.

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And a voice of a multitude being at ease [was] with her: and with the men of the common sort [were] brought94 Sabeans 5433 6 from the wilderness, which put4 bracelets upon their hands, and beautiful crowns upon their heads.

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Then said4 I unto [her that was] old in adulteries, Will they now commit4 whoredoms with her, and she [with them]?

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Yet they went in4 unto her, as they go in2 unto a woman that playeth the harlot:6 so went they in1 unto Aholah and unto Aholibah, the lewd women.

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And the righteous men, they shall judge4 them after the manner of adulteresses,6 and after the manner of women that shed6 blood; because they [are] adulteresses,6 and blood [is] in their hands.

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For thus saith1 the Lord GOD; I will bring up53 a company upon them, and will give2 them to be removed and spoiled.

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And the company shall stone1 them with stones, and dispatch15 them with their swords; they shall slay4 their sons and their daughters, and burn up4 their houses with fire.

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Thus will I cause lewdness to cease52 out of the land, that all women may be taught13 not to do4 after your lewdness.

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And they shall recompense1 your lewdness upon you, and ye shall bear4 the sins of your idols: and ye shall know1 that I [am] the Lord GOD.

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