and grow up like a plant of the field." You grew up and became tall and arrived at full womanhood; your breasts were formed, and your hair had grown; yet you were naked and bare.
I passed by you again and looked on you; you were at the age for love. I spread the edge of my cloak over you, and covered your nakedness: I pledged myself to you and entered into a covenant with you, says the Lord God, and you became mine.
Then I bathed you with water and washed off the blood from you, and anointed you with oil.
I clothed you with embroidered cloth and with sandals of fine leather; I bound you in fine linen and covered you with rich fabric.
I adorned you with ornaments: I put bracelets on your arms, a chain on your neck,
a ring on your nose, earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown upon your head.
You were adorned with gold and silver, while your clothing was of fine linen, rich fabric, and embroidered cloth. You had choice flour and honey and oil for food. You grew exceedingly beautiful, fit to be a queen.
Your fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, for it was perfect because of my splendor that I had bestowed on you, says the Lord God.
But you trusted in your beauty, and played the whore because of your fame, and lavished your whorings on any passer-by.
You took some of your garments, and made for yourself colorful shrines, and on them played the whore; nothing like this has ever been or ever shall be.
You also took your beautiful jewels of my gold and my silver that I had given you, and made for yourself male images, and with them played the whore;
and you took your embroidered garments to cover them, and set my oil and my incense before them.
Also my bread that I gave you—I fed you with choice flour and oil and honey—you set it before them as a pleasing odor; and so it was, says the Lord God.
You took your sons and your daughters, whom you had borne to me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured. As if your whorings were not enough!
You slaughtered my children and delivered them up as an offering to them.
And in all your abominations and your whorings you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, flailing about in your blood.
After all your wickedness (woe, woe to you! says the Lord God),
you built yourself a platform and made yourself a lofty place in every square;
at the head of every street you built your lofty place and prostituted your beauty, offering yourself to every passer-by, and multiplying your whoring.
You played the whore with the Egyptians, your lustful neighbors, multiplying your whoring, to provoke me to anger.
Therefore I stretched out my hand against you, reduced your rations, and gave you up to the will of your enemies, the daughters of the Philistines, who were ashamed of your lewd behavior.
You played the whore with the Assyrians, because you were insatiable; you played the whore with them, and still you were not satisfied.
You multiplied your whoring with Chaldea, the land of merchants; and even with this you were not satisfied.
How sick is your heart, says the Lord God, that you did all these things, the deeds of a brazen whore;
building your platform at the head of every street, and making your lofty place in every square! Yet you were not like a whore, because you scorned payment.
Adulterous wife, who receives strangers instead of her husband!
Gifts are given to all whores; but you gave your gifts to all your lovers, bribing them to come to you from all around for your whorings.
So you were different from other women in your whorings: no one solicited you to play the whore; and you gave payment, while no payment was given to you; you were different.