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mine indignation upon them; I 10 These discovered her nakedhave consumed them with the fire ness: they took her sons and her of my wrath : their own way have I daughters, and slew her with the recompensed upon their heads, saith sword : and she became famous athe Lord God.

mong women; for they had execut

ed judgment upon her. CHAP. XXIII.

11 And when her sister Aholibah

saw this, she was more corrupt in THE word of the LORD came again her inordinate love than she, and in unto me, saying,

her whoredoms more than her sister 2 Son of man, there were two wo in her whoredoms. men, the daughters of one mother : 12 She doted upon the Assyrians

3 And they committed whore her neighbours, captains and rulers doms in Egypt; they committed clothed most gorgeously, horsemen whoredoms in their youth : there riding upon horses, all of them dewere their breasts pressed, and there sirable young men. they bruised the teats of their vir 13 Then I saw that she was deginity.

filed, that they took both one way, 4 And ihe names of them were 14 And that she increased her Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her whoredoms : for when she saw men sister : and they were mine, and pourtrayed upon the wall, the images they bare sons and daughters. Thus of the Chaldeans pourtrayed with were their names ; Samaria is Aho vermilion, lah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.

15 Girded with girdles upon their 5 And Aholah played the harlot loins, exceeding in dyed attire upon when she was mine; and she doted their heads, all of them princes to on her lovers, on the Assyrians her look to, after the manner of the Baneighbours,

bylonians of Chaldea, the land of 6 Which were clothed with blue, their nativity: captains and rulers, all of them de 16 And as soon as she saw them sirable young men, horsemen riding with her eyes, she doted upon them, upon horses.

and sent messengers unto them into 7 Thus she committed her whore Chaldea. doms with them, with all them that 17 And the Babylonians came to were the chosen men of Assyria, and ber into the bed of love, and they with all on whom she doted : with defiled her with their whoredom, all their idols she defiled herself. and she was polluted with them,

8 Neither left she her whoredoms and her mind was alienated from brought from Egypt: for in her them. youth they lay with her, and they 18 So she discovered her whorebruised the breasts of her virginity, doms, and discovered her nakedness: and poured their whoredom upon then my mind was alienated from her.

her, like as my mind was alienated 9 Wherefore I have delivered her from her sister. into the hand of her lovers, into the 19 Yet she multiplied her whorehand of the Assyrians, upon whom doms, in calling to remembrance she doted.

the days of her youth, wherein she 12 In thee have they taken gifts 22 As silver is melted in the midst to shed blood; thou hast taken usu of the furnace, so shall ye be melted ry and increase, and thou hast gree in the midst thereof; and ye shall dily gained of thy neighbours by know that I the LORD have poured extortion, and hast forgotten me, out my fury upon you. saith the Lord God.

23 And the word of the LORD 13 Behold, therefore I have smit came unto me, saying, ten mine hand at thy dishonest gain 24 Son of man, say unto her, Thou which thou hast made, and at thy art the land that is not cleansed, blood which hath been in the midst nor rained upon in the day of indigof thee.

nation. 14 Can thine heart endure, or can 25 There is a conspiracy of her thine hands be strong, in the days prophets in the midst thereof, like a that I shall deal with thee? I the roaring lion ravening the prey ; they Lord have spoken it, and will do have devoured souls; they have taken it.

the treasure and precious things; 15 And I will scatter thee among they have made her many widows the heathen, and disperse thee in in the midst thereof. the countries, and will consume thy 26 Her priests have violated my filthiness out of thee.

law, and have profaned mine holy 16 And thou shalt take thine in things: they have put no difference heritance in thyself in the sight of between the holy and profane, neithe heathen, and thou shalt know ther have they shewed difference bethat I am the LORD.

tween the unclean and the clean, 17 And the word of the LORD and have hid their eyes from my came unto me, saying,

sabbaths, and I am profaned among 18 Son of man, the house of Is them. rael is to me become dross : all they 27 Her princes in the midst thereure brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, of are like wolves ravening the prey, in the midst of the furnace; they to shed blood, and to destroy souls, are even the dross of silver.

to get dishonest gain. 19 Therefore thus saith the Lord 28 And her prophets have daubed God; Because ye are all become them with untempered morter, seeing dross, behold, therefore I will ga vanity, and divining lies unto them, ther you into the midst of Jerusa saying, Thus saith the Lord God, lem.

when the LORD hath not spoken. 20 As they gather silver, and 29 The people of the land have brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, used oppression, and exercised robinto the midst of the furnace, to bery, and have vexed the poor and blow the fire upon it, to melt it ; so needy: yea, they have oppressed will I gather you in mine anger and the stranger wrongfully. in my fury, and I will leave you there, 30 And I sought for a man among and melt you.

them, that should make up the bedge, 21 Yea, I will gather you, and and stand in the gap before me for blow upon you in the fire of my the land, that I should not destroy wrath, and ye shall be melted in the it: but I found none. midst thereof.

31 Therefore have I poured out

mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath : their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord God.

CHAP. XXIII.

THE word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

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

3 And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth : there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity.

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

5 And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours,

6 Which were clothed with blue, captains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses.

7 Thus she committed her whoredoms with them, with all them that were the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted : with all their idols she defiled herself.

8 Neither left she her whoredoms brought from Egypt: for in her youth they lay with her, and they bruised the breasts of her virginity, and poured their whoredom upon her.

9 Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted.

10 These discovered her nakedness: they took her sons and her

daughters, and slew her with the | sword : and she became famous a

mong women; for they had executed judgment upon her.

11 And when her sister Aholibah saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms more than her sister in her whoredoms.

12 She doted upon the Assyrians her neighbours, captains and rulers clothed most gorgeously, horsemen riding upon horses, all of them desirable young men.

13 Then I saw that she was de filed, that they took both one way,

14 And that she increased her whoredoms : for when she saw men pourtrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans pourtrayed with vermilion,

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

16 And as soon as she saw them with her eyes, she doted upon them, and sent messengers unto them into Chaldea.

17 And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoredom, and she was polluted with them, and her mind was alienated from them.

18 So she discovered her whoredoms, and discovered her nakedness: then my mind was alienated from her, like as my mind was alienated from her sister.

19 Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, in calling to remembrance the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt.

20 For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.

21 Thus thou calledst to remembrance the lewdness of thy youth, in bruising thy teats by the Egyptians for the paps of thy youth.

22 Therefore, 0 Aholibah, thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will raise up thy lovers against thee, from whom thy mind is alienated, and I will bring them against thee on every side;

23 The Babylonians, and all the Chaldeans, Pekod, and Shoa, and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them: all of them desirable young men, captains and rulers, great lords and renowned, all of them riding upon horses.

24 And they shall come against thee with chariots, waggons, and wheels, and with an assembly of people, which shall set against thee buckler and shield and helmet round about: and I will set judgment before them, and they shall judge thee according to their judgments.

25 And I will set my jealousy against thee, and they shall deal furiously with thee: they shall take away thy nose and thine ears; and thy remnant shall fall by the sword: they shall take thy sons and thy daughters; and thy residue shall be devoured by the fire.

26 They shall also strip thee out of thy clothes, and take away thy fair jewels.

27 Thus will I make thy lewdness to cease from thee, and thy whoredom brought from the land of Egypt: so that thou shalt not lift up thine

eyes unto them, nor remember Egypt any more.

28 For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will deliver thee into the hand of them whom thou hatest, into the hand of them from whom thy mind is alienated :

29 And they shall deal with thee hatefully, and shall take away all thy labour, and shall leave thee naked and bare: and the nakedness of thy whoredoms shall be discovered, both thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.

30 I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen, and because thou art polluted with their idols.

31 Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister; therefore will I give her cup into thine hand.

32 Thus saith the Lord God; Thou shalt drink of thy sister's cup deep and large: thou shalt be laughed to scorn and had in derision; it containeth much.

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

34 Thou shalt even drink it and suck it out, and thou shalt break the sherds thereof, and pluck off thine own breasts: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God.

35 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because thou hast forgotten me, and cast me behind thy back, therefore bear thou also thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.

36 The LORD said moreover unto me; Son of man, wilt thou judge Aholah and Aholibah? yea, declare unto them their abominations;

37 That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their bands, and with their idols have they committed adultery, and have also caus

ed their sons, whom they bare unto || I will bring up a company upon me, to pass for them through the them, and will give them to be refire, to devour them.

moved and spoiled. 38 Moreover this they have done 47 And the company shall stone unto me: they have defiled my them with stones, and dispatch them sanctuary in the same day, and have with their swords; they shall slay profaned my sabbaths.

their sons and their daughters, and 39 For when they had slain their burn up their houses with fire. children to their idols, then they 48 Thus will I cause lewdness to came the same day into my sanc cease out of the land, that all wotuary to profane it; and, lo, thus men may be taught not to do after have they done in the midst of your lewdness. mine house.

· 49 And they shall recompense 40 And furthermore, that ye have your lewdness upon you, and ye sent for men to come from far, unto shall bear the sins of your idols: whom a messenger was sent; and, and ye shall know that I am the lo, they came : for whom thou didst Lord God. wash thyself, paintedst thy eyes, and deckedst thyself with orna

CHAP. XXIV. ments,

41 And satest upon a stately bed, AGAIN in the ninth year, in the and a table prepared before it, tenth month, in the tenth day of the whereupon thou hast set mine in month, the word of the LORD came cense and mine oil.

unto me, saying, 42 And a voice of a multitude 2 Son of man, Write thee the being at ease was with her : and name of the day, even of this same with the men of the common sort day : the king of Babylon set himwere brought Sabeans from the wil self against Jerusalem this same day. derness, which put bracelets upon · 3 And utter a parable unto the their hands, and beautiful crowns rebellious house, and say unto them, upon their heads.

Thus saith the Lord God; Set on a 43 Then said I unto her that was pot, set it on, and also pour water old in adulteries, Will they now into it: commit whoredoms with her, and 4 Gather the pieces thereof into she with them?

it, even every good piece, the thigh, 44 Yet they went in unto her, as and the shoulder ; fill it with the they go in unto a woman that play choice bones. eth the harlot: so went they in un 5 Take the choice of the flock, to Aholah and unto Aholibah, the and burn also the bones under it, lewd women.

and make it boil well, and let them 45 And the righteous men, they seeth the bones of it therein. shall judge them after the manner 6 Wherefore thus saith the Lord of adulteresses, and after the manner God; Woe to the bloody city, to of women that shed blood; because the pot whose scum is therein, and they are adulteresses, and blood is whose scum is not gone out of it! in their hands.

bring it out piece by piece; let no 46 For thus saith the Lord God; | lot fall upon it,

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