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katapi HOME Ezekiel 16:1-22 - Unfaithful Jerusalem.  Eze.16.1-22

16 1 Again the word of the LORD came to me: 16 2 "Son of man, make known to Jerusalem her abominations, 16 3 and say, Thus says the Lord GOD to Jerusalem: Your origin and your birth are of the land of the Canaanites; your father was an Amorite, and your mother a Hittite. 16 4 And as for your birth, on the day you were born your navel string was not cut, nor were you washed with water to cleanse you, nor rubbed with salt, nor swathed with bands. 16 5 No eye pitied you, to do any of these things to you out of compassion for you; but you were cast out on the open field, for you were abhorred, on the day that you were born.

16 6 "And when I passed by you, and saw you weltering in your blood, I said to you in your blood, 'Live, 16 7 and grow up like a plant of the field.' And you grew up and became tall and arrived at full maidenhood; your breasts were formed, and your hair had grown; yet you were naked and bare.

16 8 "When I passed by you again and looked upon you, behold, you were at the age for love; and I spread my skirt over you, and covered your nakedness: yea, I plighted my troth to you and entered into a covenant with you, says the Lord GOD, and you became mine. 16 9 Then I bathed you with water and washed off your blood from you, and anointed you with oil. 16 10 I clothed you also with embroidered cloth and shod you with leather, I swathed you in fine linen and covered you with silk. 16 11 And I decked you with ornaments, and put bracelets on your arms, and a chain on your neck. 16 12 And I put a ring on your nose, and earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown upon your head. 16 13 Thus you were decked with gold and silver; and your raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and embroidered cloth; you ate fine flour and honey and oil. You grew exceedingly beautiful, and came to regal estate. 16 14 And your renown went forth among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through the splendor which I had bestowed upon you, says the Lord GOD.

16 15 "But you trusted in your beauty, and played the harlot because of your renown, and lavished your harlotries on any passer-by. 16 16 You took some of your garments, and made for yourself gaily decked shrines, and on them played the harlot; the like has never been, nor ever shall be. 16 17 You also took your fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given you, and made for yourself images of men, and with them played the harlot; 16 18 and you took your embroidered garments to cover them, and set my oil and my incense before them. 16 19 Also my bread which I gave you -I fed you with fine flour and oil and honey - you set before them for a pleasing odor, says the Lord GOD. 16 20 And you took your sons and your daughters, whom you had borne to me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured. Were your harlotries so small a matter 16 21 that you slaughtered my children and delivered them up as an offering by fire to them? 16 22 And in all your abominations and your harlotries you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, weltering in your blood.


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