23 1The word of Jehovah came again unto me, saying,
2Son of man,
there were two women, the daughters of one mother:
3and they played the
harlot in Egypt; they played the harlot in their youth; there were their
breasts pressed, and there was handled the bosom of their virginity.
the names of them were Oholah the elder, and Oholibah her sister: and they
became mine, and they bare sons and daughters. And as for their names,
Samaria is Oholah, and Jerusalem Oholibah.
5And Oholah played the harlot
when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her
6who were clothed with blue, governors and rulers, all of them
desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses.
7And she bestowed her
whoredoms upon them, the choicest men of Assyria all of them; and on
whomsoever she doted, with all their idols she defiled herself.
hath she left her whoredoms since the days of Egypt; for in her youth
they lay with her, and they handled the bosom of her virginity; and they
poured out their whoredom upon her.
9Wherefore I delivered her into the
hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted.
10These uncovered her nakedness; they took her sons and her daughters;
and her they slew with the sword: and she became a byword among women; for
they executed judgments upon her.
11And her sister Oholibah saw this, yet
was she more corrupt in her doting than she, and in her whoredoms which were
more than the whoredoms of her sister.
12She doted upon the Assyrians,
governors and rulers, her neighbors, clothed most gorgeously,
horsemen riding upon horses, all of them desirable young men.
13And I saw
that she was defiled; they both took one way.
14And she increased her
whoredoms; for she saw men portrayed upon the wall, the images of the
Chaldeans portrayed with vermilion,
15girded with girdles upon their
loins, with flowing turbans upon their heads, all of them princes to look
upon, after the likeness of the Babylonians in Chaldea, the land of their
16And as soon as she saw them she doted upon them, and sent
messengers unto them into Chaldea.
17And the Babylonians came to her into
the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoredom, and she was
polluted with them, and her soul was alienated from them.
uncovered her whoredoms, and uncovered her nakedness: then my soul was
alienated from her, like as my soul was alienated from her sister.
she multiplied her whoredoms, remembering the days of her youth, wherein she
had played the harlot in the land of Egypt.
20And she doted upon their
paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the
issue of horses.
21Thus thou calledst to remembrance the lewdness of thy
youth, in the handling of thy bosom by the Egyptians for the breasts of thy
22Therefore, O Oholibah, thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I
will raise up thy lovers against thee, from whom thy soul is alienated, and I
will bring them against thee on every side:
23the Babylonians and all the
Chaldeans, Pekod and Shoa and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them;
desirable young men, governors and rulers all of them, princes and men of
renown, all of them riding upon horses.
24And they shall come against
thee with weapons, chariots, and wagons, and with a company of peoples; they
shall set themselves against thee with buckler and shield and helmet round
about; and I will commit the judgment unto them, and they shall judge thee
according to their judgments.
25And I will set my jealousy against thee,
and they shall deal with thee in fury; they shall take away thy nose and
thine ears; and thy residue shall fall by the sword: they shall take thy sons
and thy daughters; and thy residue shall be devoured by the fire.
shall also strip thee of thy clothes, and take away thy fair jewels.
27Thus will I make thy lewdness to cease from thee, and thy whoredom
brought from the land of Egypt; so that thou shalt not lift up thine
eyes unto them, nor remember Egypt any more.
28For thus saith the Lord
Jehovah: Behold, I will deliver thee into the hand of them whom thou hatest,
into the hand of them from whom thy soul is alienated;
29and they shall
deal with thee in hatred, and shall take away all thy labor, and shall leave
thee naked and bare; and the nakedness of thy whoredoms shall be uncovered,
both thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.
30These things shall be done unto
thee, for that thou hast played the harlot after the nations, and because
thou art polluted with their idols.
31Thou hast walked in the way of thy
sister; therefore will I give her cup into thy hand.
32Thus saith the
Lord Jehovah: Thou shalt drink of thy sister's cup, which is deep and large;
thou shalt be laughed to scorn and had in derision; it containeth much.
33Thou shalt be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, with the cup of
astonishment and desolation, with the cup of thy sister Samaria.
shalt even drink it and drain it out, and thou shalt gnaw the sherds thereof,
and shalt tear thy breasts; for I have spoken it, saith the Lord Jehovah.
35Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Because thou hast forgotten me,
and cast me behind thy back, therefore bear thou also thy lewdness and thy
36Jehovah said moreover unto me: Son of man, wilt thou judge
Oholah and Oholibah? then declare unto them their abominations.
they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands; and with their
idols have they committed adultery; and they have also caused their sons,
whom they bare unto me, to pass through the fire unto them to be
38Moreover this they have done unto me: they have defiled my
sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths.
39For when they
had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my
sanctuary to profane it; and, lo, thus have they done in the midst of my
40And furthermore ye have sent for men that come from far, unto
whom a messenger was sent, and, lo, they came; for whom thou didst wash
thyself, paint thine eyes, and deck thyself with ornaments,
upon a stately bed, with a table prepared before it, whereupon thou didst set
mine incense and mine oil.
42And the voice of a multitude being at ease
was with her: and with men of the common sort were brought drunkards from the
wilderness; and they put bracelets upon the hands of them twain, and
beautiful crowns upon their heads.
43Then said I of her that was old in
adulteries, Now will they play the harlot with her, and she with
44And they went in unto her, as they go in unto a harlot: so
went they in unto Oholah and unto Oholibah, the lewd women.
righteous men, they shall judge them with the judgment of adulteresses, and
with the judgment of women that shed blood; because they are adulteresses,
and blood is in their hands.
46For thus saith the Lord Jehovah: I will
bring up a company against them, and will give them to be tossed to and fro
47And the company shall stone them with stones, and despatch
them with their swords; they shall slay their sons and their daughters, and
burn up their houses with fire.
48Thus will I cause lewdness to cease out
of the land, that all women may be taught not to do after your lewdness.
49And they shall recompense your lewdness upon you, and ye shall bear the
sins of your idols; and ye shall know that I am the Lord Jehovah.