The word of the LORD came to me:
"Son of man, there were two women, daughters of the same mother.13
They became prostitutes in Egypt,2 engaging in prostitution3 from their youth.4 In that land their breasts were fondled and their virgin bosoms caressed.54
The older was named Oholah, and her sister was Oholibah. They were mine and gave birth to sons and daughters. Oholah is Samaria, and Oholibah is Jerusalem.65
"Oholah engaged in prostitution while she was still mine; and she lusted after her lovers, the Assyrians7--warriors86
clothed in blue, governors and commanders, all of them handsome young men, and mounted horsemen.
She gave herself as a prostitute to all the elite of the Assyrians and defiled herself with all the idols of everyone she lusted after.98
She did not give up the prostitution she began in Egypt,10 when during her youth men slept with her, caressed her virgin bosom and poured out their lust upon her.119
"Therefore I handed her over12 to her lovers,13 the Assyrians, for whom she lusted.1410
They stripped15 her naked, took away her sons and daughters and killed her with the sword. She became a byword among women,16 and punishment was inflicted17 on her.1811
"Her sister Oholibah saw this,19 yet in her lust and prostitution she was more depraved than her sister.2012
She too lusted after the Assyrians--governors and commanders, warriors in full dress, mounted horsemen, all handsome young men.2113
I saw that she too defiled herself; both of them went the same way.2214
"But she carried her prostitution still further. She saw men portrayed on a wall,23 figures of Chaldeansa portrayed in red,2415
with belts25 around their waists and flowing turbans on their heads; all of them looked like Babylonian chariot officers, natives of Chaldea.b16
As soon as she saw them, she lusted after them and sent messengers26 to them in Chaldea.2717
Then the Babylonians28 came to her, to the bed of love, and in their lust they defiled her. After she had been defiled by them, she turned away from them in disgust.2918
When she carried on her prostitution openly and exposed her nakedness,30 I turned away31 from her in disgust, just as I had turned away from her sister.3219
Yet she became more and more promiscuous as she recalled the days of her youth, when she was a prostitute in Egypt.
There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.
So you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when in Egypt your bosom was caressed and your young breasts fondled.c3322
"Therefore, Oholibah, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will stir up your lovers34 against you, those you turned away from in disgust, and I will bring them against you from every side35--
the Babylonians36 and all the Chaldeans,37 the men of Pekod38 and Shoa and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them, handsome young men, all of them governors and commanders, chariot officers and men of high rank, all mounted on horses.3924
They will come against you with weapons,d chariots and wagons40 and with a throng of people; they will take up positions against you on every side with large and small shields and with helmets. I will turn you over to them for punishment,41 and they will punish you according to their standards.
I will direct my jealous anger42 against you, and they will deal with you in fury. They will cut off your noses and your ears, and those of you who are left will fall by the sword. They will take away your sons and daughters,43 and those of you who are left will be consumed by fire.4426
They will also strip45 you of your clothes and take your fine jewelry.4627
So I will put a stop47 to the lewdness and prostitution you began in Egypt. You will not look on these things with longing or remember Egypt anymore.
"For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am about to hand you over48 to those you hate, to those you turned away from in disgust.
They will deal with you in hatred and take away everything you have worked for. They will leave you naked49 and bare, and the shame of your prostitution will be exposed.50 Your lewdness51 and promiscuity5230
have brought this upon you, because you lusted after the nations and defiled yourself with their idols.5331
You have gone the way of your sister; so I will put her cup54 into your hand.5532
"This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "You will drink your sister's cup, a cup large and deep; it will bring scorn and derision,56 for it holds so much.5733
You will be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, the cup of ruin and desolation, the cup of your sister Samaria.5834
You will drink it59 and drain it dry; you will dash it to pieces and tear your breasts. I have spoken, declares the Sovereign LORD.6035
"Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Since you have forgotten61 me and thrust me behind your back,62 you must bear63 the consequences of your lewdness and prostitution."
The LORD said to me: "Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Then confront64 them with their detestable practices,6537
for they have committed adultery and blood is on their hands. They committed adultery with their idols; they even sacrificed their children, whom they bore to me,e as food for them.6638
They have also done this to me: At that same time they defiled my sanctuary67 and desecrated my Sabbaths.6839
On the very day they sacrificed their children to their idols, they entered my sanctuary and desecrated69 it. That is what they did in my house.7040
"They even sent messengers for men who came from far away,71 and when they arrived you bathed yourself for them, painted your eyes72 and put on your jewelry.7341
You sat on an elegant couch,74 with a table75 spread before it on which you had placed the incense76 and oil that belonged to me.7742
"The noise of a carefree78 crowd was around her; Sabeansf79 were brought from the desert along with men from the rabble, and they put bracelets80 on the arms of the woman and her sister and beautiful crowns on their heads.8143
Then I said about the one worn out by adultery, 'Now let them use her as a prostitute,82 for that is all she is.'
And they slept with her. As men sleep with a prostitute, so they slept with those lewd women, Oholah and Oholibah.
But righteous men will sentence them to the punishment of women who commit adultery and shed blood,83 because they are adulterous and blood is on their hands.8446
"This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Bring a mob85 against them and give them over to terror and plunder.8647
The mob will stone them and cut them down with their swords; they will kill their sons and daughters87 and burn88 down their houses.8948
"So I will put an end90 to lewdness in the land, that all women may take warning and not imitate you.9149
You will suffer the penalty for your lewdness and bear the consequences of your sins of idolatry.92 Then you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.93"