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Ezekiel 23 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 God's Message came to me: 1 The word of the LORD came to me:
2 "Son of man, there were two women, daughters of the same mother. 2 "Son of man, there were two women, daughters of the same mother.
3 They became whores in Egypt, whores from a young age. Their breasts were fondled, their young bosoms caressed. 3 They became prostitutes in Egypt, engaging in prostitution from their youth. In that land their breasts were fondled and their virgin bosoms caressed.
4 The older sister was named Oholah, the younger was Oholibah. They were my daughters, and they gave birth to sons and daughters. "Oholah is Samaria and Oholibah is Jerusalem 4 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.#cr
5 "Oholah started whoring while she was still mine. She lusted after Assyrians as lovers: military men 5 "Oholah engaged in prostitution while she was still mine; and she lusted after her lovers, the Assyrians--warriors
6 smartly uniformed in blue, ambassadors and governors, good-looking young men mounted on fine horses. 6 clothed in blue, governors and commanders, all of them handsome young men, and mounted horsemen.
7 Her lust was unrestrained. She was a whore to the Assyrian elite. She compounded her filth with the idols of those to whom she gave herself in lust. 7 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.
8 She never slowed down. The whoring she began while young in Egypt she continued, sleeping with men who played with her breasts and spent their lust on her. 8 She did not give up the prostitution she began in Egypt, when during her youth men slept with her, caressed her virgin bosom and poured out their lust upon her.
9 "So I left her to her Assyrian lovers, for whom she was so obsessed with lust. 9 "Therefore I handed her over to her lovers, the Assyrians, for whom she lusted.
10 They ripped off her clothes, took away her children, and then, the final indignity, killed her. Among women her name became Shame - history's judgment on her. 10 They stripped her naked, took away her sons and daughters and killed her with the sword. She became a byword among women, and punishment was inflicted on her.
11 "Her sister Oholibah saw all this, but she became even worse than her sister in lust and whoring, if you can believe it. 11 "Her sister Oholibah saw this, yet in her lust and prostitution she was more depraved than her sister.
12 She also went crazy with lust for Assyrians: ambassadors and governors, military men smartly dressed and mounted on fine horses - the Assyrian elite. 12 She too lusted after the Assyrians--governors and commanders, warriors in full dress, mounted horsemen, all handsome young men.
13 And I saw that she also had become incredibly filthy. Both women followed the same path. 13 I saw that she too defiled herself; both of them went the same way.
14 But Oholibah surpassed her sister. When she saw figures of Babylonians carved in relief on the walls and painted red 14 "But she carried her prostitution still further. She saw men portrayed on a wall, figures of Chaldeans portrayed in red,
15 fancy belts around their waists, elaborate turbans on their heads, all of them looking important - famous Babylonians! - 15 with belts around their waists and flowing turbans on their heads; all of them looked like Babylonian chariot officers, natives of Chaldea.
16 she went wild with lust and sent invitations to them in Babylon. 16 As soon as she saw them, she lusted after them and sent messengers to them in Chaldea.
17 The Babylonians came on the run, fornicated with her, made her dirty inside and out. When they had thoroughly debased her, she lost interest in them. 17 Then the Babylonians 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.
18 Then she went public with her fornication. She exhibited her sex to the world. 18 When she carried on her prostitution openly and exposed her nakedness, I turned away from her in disgust, just as I had turned away from her sister.
19 But that didn't slow her down. She went at her whoring harder than ever. She remembered when she was young, just starting out as a whore in Egypt 19 Yet she became more and more promiscuous as she recalled the days of her youth, when she was a prostitute in Egypt
20 That whetted her appetite for more virile, vulgar, and violent lovers - stallions obsessive in their lust. 20 There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses.
21 She longed for the sexual prowess of her youth back in Egypt, where her firm young breasts were caressed and fondled 21 So you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when in Egypt your bosom was caressed and your young breasts fondled.
22 "'Therefore, Oholibah, this is the Message from God, the Master: I will incite your old lovers against you, lovers you got tired of and left in disgust. I'll bring them against you from every direction, 22 "Therefore, Oholibah, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will stir up your lovers against you, those you turned away from in disgust, and I will bring them against you from every side--
23 Babylonians and all the Chaldeans, Pekod, Shoa, and Koa, and all Assyrians - good-looking young men, ambassadors and governors, elite officers and celebrities - all of them mounted on fine, spirited horses. 23 the Babylonians and all the Chaldeans, the men of Pekod 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.
24 They'll come down on you out of the north, armed to the teeth, bringing chariots and troops from all sides. I'll turn over the task of judgment to them. They'll punish you according to their rules. 24 They will come against you with weapons, chariots and wagons 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, and they will punish you according to their standards.
25 I'll stand totally and relentlessly against you as they rip into you furiously. They'll mutilate you, cutting off your ears and nose, killing at random. They'll enslave your children - and anybody left over will be burned. 25 I will direct my jealous anger 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, and those of you who are left will be consumed by fire.
26 They'll rip off your clothes and steal your jewelry. 26 They will also strip you of your clothes and take your fine jewelry.
27 I'll put a stop to your sluttish sex, the whoring life you began in Egypt. You won't look on whoring with fondness anymore. You won't think back on Egypt with stars in your eyes. 27 So I will put a stop to the lewdness and prostitution you began in Egypt. You will not look on these things with longing or remember Egypt anymore.
28 "'A Message from God, the Master: I'm at the point of abandoning you to those you hate, to those by whom you're repulsed. 28 "For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am about to hand you over to those you hate, to those you turned away from in disgust.
29 They'll treat you hatefully, leave you publicly naked, your whore's body exposed in the cruel glare of the sun. Your sluttish lust 29 They will deal with you in hatred and take away everything you have worked for. They will leave you naked and bare, and the shame of your prostitution will be exposed. Your lewdness and promiscuity
30 will be exposed. Your lust has brought you to this condition because you whored with pagan nations and made yourself filthy with their no-god idols. 30 have brought this upon you, because you lusted after the nations and defiled yourself with their idols.
31 "'You copied the life of your sister. Now I'll let you drink the cup she drank. 31 You have gone the way of your sister; so I will put her cup into your hand.
32 "'This is the Message of God, the Master: "'You'll drink your sister's cup, a cup canyon-deep and ocean-wide. You'll be shunned and taunted as you drink from that cup, full to the brim. 32 "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, for it holds so much.
33 You'll be falling-down-drunk and the tears will flow as you drink from that cup titanic with terror: It's the cup of your sister Samaria. 33 You will be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, the cup of ruin and desolation, the cup of your sister Samaria.
34 You'll drink it dry, then smash it to bits and eat the pieces, and end up tearing at your breasts. I've given the word - Decree of God, the Master. 34 You will drink it and drain it dry; you will dash it to pieces and tear your breasts. I have spoken, declares the Sovereign LORD.
35 "'Therefore God, the Master, says, Because you've forgotten all about me, pushing me into the background, you now must pay for what you've done - pay for your sluttish sex and whoring life.'" 35 "Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Since you have forgotten me and thrust me behind your back, you must bear the consequences of your lewdness and prostitution."
36 Then God said to me, "Son of man, will you confront Oholah and Oholibah with what they've done? Make them face their outrageous obscenities 36 The LORD said to me: "Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Then confront them with their detestable practices,
37 obscenities ranging from adultery to murder. They committed adultery with their no-god idols, sacrificed the children they bore me in order to feed their idols! 37 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, as food for them.
38 And there is also this: They've defiled my holy Sanctuary and desecrated my holy Sabbaths 38 They have also done this to me: At that same time they defiled my sanctuary and desecrated my Sabbaths.
39 The same day that they sacrificed their children to their idols, they walked into my Sanctuary and defiled it. That's what they did - in my house! 39 On the very day they sacrificed their children to their idols, they entered my sanctuary and desecrated it. That is what they did in my house.
40 "Furthermore, they even sent out invitations by special messenger to men far away - and, sure enough, they came. They bathed themselves, put on makeup and provocative lingerie. 40 "They even sent messengers for men who came from far away, and when they arrived you bathed yourself for them, painted your eyes and put on your jewelry.
41 They reclined on a sumptuous bed, aromatic with incense and oils - my incense and oils! 41 You sat on an elegant couch, with a table spread before it on which you had placed the incense and oil that belonged to me.
42 The crowd gathered, jostling and pushing, a drunken rabble. They adorned the sisters with bracelets on their arms and tiaras on their heads. 42 "The noise of a carefree crowd was around her; Sabeans were brought from the desert along with men from the rabble, and they put bracelets on the arms of the woman and her sister and beautiful crowns on their heads.
43 "I said, 'She's burned out on sex!' but that didn't stop them. They kept banging on her doors night and day 43 Then I said about the one worn out by adultery, 'Now let them use her as a prostitute, for that is all she is.'
44 as men do when they're after a whore. That's how they used Oholah and Oholibah, the worn-out whores. 44 And they slept with her. As men sleep with a prostitute, so they slept with those lewd women, Oholah and Oholibah.
45 "Righteous men will pronounce judgment on them, giving out sentences for adultery and murder. That was their lifework: adultery and murder." 45 But righteous men will sentence them to the punishment of women who commit adultery and shed blood, because they are adulterous and blood is on their hands.
46 "God says, 'Let a mob loose on them: Terror! Plunder! 46 "This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Bring a mob against them and give them over to terror and plunder.
47 Let the mob stone them and hack them to pieces - kill all their children, burn down their houses! 47 The mob will stone them and cut them down with their swords; they will kill their sons and daughters and burn down their houses.
48 "'I'll put an end to sluttish sex in this country so that all women will be well warned and not copy you. 48 "So I will put an end to lewdness in the land, that all women may take warning and not imitate you.
49 You'll pay the price for all your obsessive sex. You'll pay in full for your promiscuous affairs with idols. And you'll realize that I am God, the Master.'" 49 You will suffer the penalty for your lewdness and bear the consequences of your sins of idolatry. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD."