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katapi HOME Ezekiel 23:1-21 - Sinful sisters.  Eze.23.1-21

23 1 The word of the LORD came to me: 23 2 Man, he said, there were once two women, daughters of the same mother. 23 3 They played the whore in Egypt, played the whore while they were still girls; for there they let their breasts be fondled and their virgin bosoms pressed. 23 4 The elder was named Oholah, her sister Oholibah. They became mine and bore me sons and daughters. 'Oholah' is Samaria, 'Oholibah' Jerusalem.

23 5 While she owed me obedience Oholah played the whore and was infatuated with her Assyrian lovers, staff officers 23 6 in blue Or violet, viceroys and governors, handsome young cavaliers all of them, riding on horseback. 23 7 She played the whore with all of them, the flower of the Assyrian youth; and she let herself be defiled with all their idols, wherever her lust led her. 23 8 She never gave up the whorish ways she had learnt in Egypt, where men had lain with her when young, had pressed her virgin bosom and overwhelmed her with their fornication. 23 9 So I abandoned her to her lovers, the Assyrians, with whom she was infatuated. 23 10 They ravished her, they took her sons and daughters, and they killed her with the sword. She became a byword among women, and judgement was passed upon her.

23 11 Oholibah, her sister, had watched her, and she gave herself up to lust and played the whore worse than her sister. 23 12 She, too, was infatuated with Assyrians, viceroys, governors and staff officers, all handsome young cavaliers, in full dress, riding on horseback. 23 13 I found that she too had let herself be defiled; both had gone the same way; 23 14 but she carried her fornication to greater lengths: she saw male figures carved on the wall, sculptured forms of Chaldaeans, picked out in vermilion. 23 15 Belts were round their waists, and on their heads turbans with dangling ends. All seemed to be high officers and looked like Babylonians, natives of Chaldaea. 23 16 As she looked she was infatuated with them, so she sent messengers to Chaldaea for them. 23 17 And the Babylonians came to her to share her bed, and defiled her with fornication; she was defiled by them until she was filled with revulsion. 23 18 She made no secret that she was a whore but let herself be ravished until I was filled with revulsion against her as I was against her sister. 23 19 She played the whore again and again, remembering how in her youth she had played the whore in Egypt. 23 20 She was infatuated with their male prostitutes, whose members were like those of asses and whose seed came in floods like that of horses. 23 21 So, Oholibah, you relived the lewdness of your girlhood in Egypt when you let your bosom be pressed and your breasts fondled fondled: prob. rdg, Heb unintelligible.

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