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Ezekiel 16:1-16 (New International Version)

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An Allegory of Unfaithful Jerusalem

1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 "Son of man, confront1 Jerusalem with her detestable practices2 3 and say, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says to Jerusalem: Your ancestry3 and birth were in the land of the Canaanites; your father4 was an Amorite5 and your mother a Hittite.6 4 On the day you were born7 your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to make you clean, nor were you rubbed with salt or wrapped in cloths. 5 No one looked on you with pity or had compassion enough to do any of these things for you. Rather, you were thrown out into the open field, for on the day you were born you were despised. 6 " 'Then I passed by and saw you kicking about in your blood, and as you lay there in your blood I said to you, "Live!"a8 7 I made you grow9 like a plant of the field. You grew up and developed and became the most beautiful of jewels.b Your breasts were formed and your hair grew, you who were naked and bare.10 8 " 'Later I passed by, and when I looked at you and saw that you were old enough for love, I spread the corner of my garment11 over you and covered your nakedness. I gave you my solemn oath and entered into a covenant12 with you, declares the Sovereign LORD, and you became mine.13 9 " 'I bathedc you with water and washed14 the blood from you and put ointments on you. 10 I clothed you with an embroidered15 dress and put leather sandals on you. I dressed you in fine linen16 and covered you with costly garments.17 11 I adorned you with jewelry:18 I put bracelets19 on your arms and a necklace20 around your neck, 12 and I put a ring on your nose,21 earrings22 on your ears and a beautiful crown23 on your head.24 13 So you were adorned with gold and silver; your clothes25 were of fine linen and costly fabric and embroidered cloth. Your food was fine flour, honey and olive oil.26 You became very beautiful and rose to be a queen.27 14 And your fame28 spread among the nations on account of your beauty,29 because the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign LORD.30 15 " 'But you trusted in your beauty and used your fame to become a prostitute. You lavished your favors on anyone who passed by31 and your beauty became his.d32 16 You took some of your garments to make gaudy high places,33 where you carried on your prostitution.34 Such things should not happen, nor should they ever occur.
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