On the day you were born1 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.
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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.
" '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!"2
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I made you grow3 like a plant of the field. You grew up and developed and became the most beautiful of jewels. Your breasts were formed and your hair grew, you who were naked and bare.4
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" '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 garment5 over you and covered your nakedness. I gave you my solemn oath and entered into a covenant6 with you, declares the Sovereign LORD, and you became mine.7
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" 'I bathed you with water and washed8 the blood from you and put ointments on you.
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I clothed you with an embroidered9 dress and put leather sandals on you. I dressed you in fine linen10 and covered you with costly garments.11
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I adorned you with jewelry:12 I put bracelets13 on your arms and a necklace14 around your neck,
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and I put a ring on your nose,15 earrings16 on your ears and a beautiful crown17 on your head.18
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So you were adorned with gold and silver; your clothes19 were of fine linen and costly fabric and embroidered cloth. Your food was fine flour, honey and olive oil.20 You became very beautiful and rose to be a queen.21
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And your fame22 spread among the nations on account of your beauty,23 because the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign LORD.24
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" 'But you trusted in your beauty and used your fame to become a prostitute. You lavished your favors on anyone who passed by25 and your beauty became his.26
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You took some of your garments to make gaudy high places,27 where you carried on your prostitution.28 Such things should not happen, nor should they ever occur.
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You also took the fine jewelry I gave you, the jewelry made of my gold and silver, and you made for yourself male idols and engaged in prostitution with them.29
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And you took your embroidered clothes to put on them, and you offered my oil and incense30 before them.
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Also the food I provided for you--the fine flour, olive oil and honey I gave you to eat--you offered as fragrant incense before them. That is what happened, declares the Sovereign LORD.31
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" 'And you took your sons and daughters32 whom you bore to me33 and sacrificed them as food to the idols. Was your prostitution not enough?34
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You slaughtered my children and sacrificed them to the idols.35
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In all your detestable practices and your prostitution you did not remember the days of your youth,36 when you were naked and bare,37 kicking about in your blood.38
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" 'Woe!39 Woe to you, declares the Sovereign LORD. In addition to all your other wickedness,
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you built a mound for yourself and made a lofty shrine40 in every public square.41
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At the head of every street42 you built your lofty shrines and degraded your beauty, offering your body with increasing promiscuity to anyone who passed by.43
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You engaged in prostitution44 with the Egyptians,45 your lustful neighbors, and provoked46 me to anger with your increasing promiscuity.47
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So I stretched out my hand48 against you and reduced your territory; I gave you over49 to the greed of your enemies, the daughters of the Philistines,50 who were shocked by your lewd conduct.
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You engaged in prostitution with the Assyrians51 too, because you were insatiable; and even after that, you still were not satisfied.52
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Then you increased your promiscuity to include Babylonia,53 a land of merchants, but even with this you were not satisfied.54
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" 'How weak-willed you are, declares the Sovereign LORD, when you do all these things, acting like a brazen prostitute!55
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When you built your mounds at the head of every street and made your lofty shrines56 in every public square, you were unlike a prostitute, because you scorned payment.
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" 'You adulterous wife! You prefer strangers to your own husband!
Every prostitute receives a fee,57 but you give gifts58 to all your lovers, bribing them to come to you from everywhere for your illicit favors.59
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So in your prostitution you are the opposite of others; no one runs after you for your favors. You are the very opposite, for you give payment and none is given to you.
" 'Therefore, you prostitute, hear the word of the LORD!
This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because you poured out your wealth and exposed your nakedness in your promiscuity with your lovers, and because of all your detestable idols, and because you gave them your children's blood,60
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therefore I am going to gather all your lovers, with whom you found pleasure, those you loved as well as those you hated. I will gather them against you from all around and will strip61 you in front of them, and they will see all your nakedness.62
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I will sentence you to the punishment of women who commit adultery and who shed blood;63 I will bring upon you the blood vengeance of my wrath and jealous anger.64
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Then I will hand you over65 to your lovers, and they will tear down your mounds and destroy your lofty shrines. They will strip you of your clothes and take your fine jewelry and leave you naked and bare.66
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They will bring a mob against you, who will stone67 you and hack you to pieces with their swords.
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They will burn down68 your houses and inflict punishment on you in the sight of many women.69 I will put a stop70 to your prostitution, and you will no longer pay your lovers.
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