Neviim Akharonim

Yechezk’el / יחזקאל

Ezekiel Chapter 16

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YHWH's grace to unfaithful Yerushalayim

16:1 Again the Dvar YHWH (יהוה) came unto me, saying,

16:2 Ben Adam, cause Yerushalayim to know her to'avot (detestable),

16:3 And say, Thus saith Adonay YHWH (יהוה) unto Yerushalayim:

Thy birth and thy nativity [is] of the eretz Kena'anite; thy father [was] an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite.

16:4 And [as for] thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in mayim to supple [thee]; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all.

16:5 None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born.

16:6 And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee [when thou wast] in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee [when thou wast] in thy blood, Live.

16:7 I have caused thee to multiply as the bud of the field, and thou hast increased and waxen great, and thou art come to excellent ornaments: [thy] breasts are fashioned, and thine hair is grown, whereas thou [wast] naked and bare.

16:8 Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, Hinneh, thy time [was] the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith Adonay YHWH (יהוה), and thou becamest mine.

16:9 Then washed I thee with mayim; yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with shemen (oil).

16:10 I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers' skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk.

16:11 I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck.

16:12 And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.

16:13 Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment [was of] fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and shemen (oil): and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom.

16:14 And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it [was] perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith Adonay YHWH (יהוה).

16:15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.

16:16 And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy bamah (high places - בּמה) with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: [the like things] shall not come, neither shall it be [so].

16:17 Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them,

16:18 And tookest thy broidered garments, and coveredst them: and thou hast set My shemen (oil) and My incense before them.

16:19 My food also which I gave thee, fine flour, and shemen (oil), and honey, [wherewith] I fed thee, thou hast even set it before them for a sweet savour: and [thus] it was, saith Adonay YHWH (יהוה).

16:20 Moreover thou hast taken thy banim and thy banot, whom thou hast borne unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. [Is this] of thy whoredoms a small matter,

16:21 That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through [the fire] for them?

16:22 And in all thine detestable and thy whoredoms thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, when thou wast naked and bare, [and] wast polluted in thy blood.

16:23 And it came to pass after all thy wickedness, (woe, woe unto thee! saith Adonay YHWH (יהוה);

16:24 [That] thou hast also built unto thee an eminent place, and hast made thee an high place in every street.

16:25 Thou hast built thy high place at every head of the way, and hast made thy beauty to be abhorred, and hast opened thy feet to every one that passed by, and multiplied thy whoredoms.

16:26 Thou hast also committed fornication with the Mitzrites thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger.

16:27 Hinneh, therefore I have stretched out My hand over thee, and have diminished thine ordinary [food], and delivered thee unto the will of them that hate thee, the banot the Pelishti, which are ashamed of thy lewd way.

16:28 Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied.

16:29 Thou hast moreover multiplied thy fornication in the eretz  Kenaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied herewith.

16:30 How weak is thine heart, saith Adonay YHWH (יהוה), seeing thou doest all these [things], the work of an imperious whorish woman;

16:31 In that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head of every way, and makest thine high place in every street; and hast not been as an harlot, in that thou scornest hire;

16:32 [But as] a wife that committeth adultery, [which] taketh strangers instead of her husband!

16:33 They give gifts to all whores: but thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest them, that they may come unto thee on every side for thy whoredom.

16:34 And the contrary is in thee from [other] women in thy whoredoms, whereas none followeth thee to commit whoredoms: and in that thou givest a reward, and no reward is given unto thee, therefore thou art contrary.

16:35 Wherefore, O harlot, hear the dvar YHWH (יהוה):

16:36 Thus saith Adonay YHWH (יהוה); Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the gillulim (idols) of thy detestable, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them;

16:37 Hinneh, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all [them] that thou hast loved, with all [them] that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness.

16:38 And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy.

16:39 And I will also give thee into their hand, and they shall throw down thine eminent place, and shall break down thy bamah (high places - בּמה): they shall strip thee also of tthy clothes, and shall take thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare.

16:40 They shall also bring up a company against thee, and they shall stone thee with stones, and thrust thee through with their swords.

16:41 And they shall burn thine houses with fire, and execute mishpatim upon thee in the sight of many women: and I will cause thee to cease from playing the harlot, and thou also shalt give no hire any more.

16:42 So will I make my fury toward thee to rest, and my jealousy shall depart from thee, and I will be quiet, and will be no more angry.

16:43 Because thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, but hast fretted me in all these [things]; Hinneh, therefore I also will recompense thy way upon [thine] head, saith Adonay YHWH (יהוה): and thou shalt not commit this lewdness above all thine detestable.

16:44 Hinneh, every one that useth proverbs shall use [this] proverb against thee, saying, As [is] the mother, [so is] her daughter.

16:45 Thou [art] thy mother's daughter, that lotheth her husband and her children; and thou [art] the achot (sister) of thy akhayot (sisters), which lothed their husbands and their children: your mother [was] an Hittite, and your father an Amorite.

16:46 And thine elder achot (sister) [is] Shomron , she and her banot that dwell at thy left hand: and thy younger achot (sister), that dwelleth at thy right hand, [is] Sedom and her banot.

16:47 Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, nor done after their detestable: but, as [if that were] a very little [thing], thou wast corrupted more than they in all thy ways.

16:48 [As] I live, saith Adonay YHWH (יהוה), Sedom thy achot (sister) hath not done, she nor her banot, as thou hast done, thou and thy banot.

16:49 Hinneh, this was the iniquity of thy achot (sister) Sedom, pride, fulness of lechem, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her banot, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

16:50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw [good].

16:51 Neither hath Shomron committed half of thy sins; but thou hast multiplied thine detestable more than they, and hast justified thy akhayot (sisters) in all thine detestable which thou hast done.

16:52 Thou also, which hast judged thy akhayot (sisters), bear thine own shame for thy sins that thou hast committed more abominable than they: they are more tzaddik than thou: yea, be thou confounded also, and bear thy shame, in that thou hast justified thy akhayot (sisters).

16:53 When I shall bring again their captivity, the captivity of Sedom and her banot, and the captivity of Shomron and her banot, then [will I bring again] the captivity of thy captives in the midst of them:

16:54 That thou mayest bear thine own shame, and mayest be confounded in all that thou hast done, in that thou art a comfort unto them.

16:55 When thy akhayot (sisters), Sedom and her banot, shall return to their former estate, and Shomron and her banot shall return to their former estate, then thou and thy banot shall return to your former estate.

16:56 For thy achot (sister) Sedom was not mentioned by thy mouth in the day of thy pride,

16:57 Before thy wickedness was discovered, as at the time of [thy] reproach of the banot Syria, and all [that are] round about her, the banot the Pelishti, which despise thee round about.

16:58 Thou hast borne thy lewdness and thine detestable, saith YHWH (יהוה).

16:59 For thus saith Adonay YHWH (יהוה); I will even deal with thee as thou hast done, which hast despised the oath in breaking the covenant.

16:60 Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.

16:61 Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed, when thou shalt receive thy akhayot (sisters), thine elder and thy younger: and I will give them unto thee for banot, but not by thy covenant.

16:62 And I will establish my covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that ANI YHWH (יהוה):

16:63 That thou mayest remember, and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done, saith Adonay YHWH (יהוה).


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